21 June 2013

Kraft-y Hearts Blog Share Day 2: A Funky Bit o' Gratitude

Hi and welcome back for Day 2 of the Kraft-y Hearts Blog Share featuring Close To My Heart's June Stamp Of The Month: A Flowering Bunch.

Today's color palette was inspired by a Rose Blossom Team Challenge from the ever-inspiring Brenda Rose. The challenge: use Lagoon, Topiary, Honey and Black, with White Daisy as an accent. Here's my response:

The card base is a standard A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches) made from White Daisy cardstock. For the flowering centerpiece, I layered Black cardstock on to White Daisy cardstock and popped it up with some dimensional adhesive. I did a bit of random stamping on another piece of White Daisy using a small flower from A Flowering Bunch and Lagoon, Honey, and Topiary Exclusive Inks. I stamped the Tulip on a separate piece of White Daisy in Black Stāz-On Ink and let it dry. After it was dry, I used my water color brush and the Lagoon, Honey, and Topiary inks to water color the tulip. I left a few parts white and covered them with Stardust Glitz. (You can see why yesterday's bling-less card was such a novel for me....) Then I let it dry. Once again, if you don't let the ink and glitter dry, you will not be lovin' life so much later. (Ask me how I know....)

After the tulip was completely dry, I fussy cut it and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. Now one of the great things about the A Flowering Bunch stamp set is that it coordinates with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge, which you'll see I took advantage of in tomorrow's project. However, for this particular card, I didn't want the 1/8-inch white border that is left behind with the Cricut cut, so I decided to opt for the fussy cut. If I'd been making a bunch of cards, I would have turned to the Cricut and blinged up the edge with some Glitz.

For the sentiment, I used the second generation stamping technique with the Honey and Lagoon Inks, off-setting the layers by about a quarter of an inch. I also used scotch tape to mask off "A Bunch" with those first two colors. I then finished off with a Topiary layer at full strength and left "A Bunch" on the end.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I have to say, I was a little skeptical about putting these colors together, but I really like how it all turned out. (Brenda definitely has an eye for color.)

I hope you are inspired to get a little funky in your color choices as well. Remember, A Flowering Bunch can be yours for $5 with any qualifying order of $50 or more, or you can purchase it on its own for $17.95. However, It's only available through 30 June, so click here to get your set now. Don't forget to stop by Lynn's and Jody's and see what inspiring bits of creativity they have cooked up for you today! And don't forget to leave us a little love in the comment box for your chance to win this fabulous double stamp set and card kit by Lynn:

See you tomorrow for Day 3 of the Kraft-y Hearts Blog Share!


  1. Funky-licious! Love how you colored that tulip. The shadow images of the sentiment look so cool. I will be stamp-lifting that idea. I love the fresh look of this card with those colors.

  2. Kim you rocked the funkiness here! I saw this color combo on Brenda's page too, love! I really like how you designed your card & took us through your process! Thanks for being awesome!

  3. Wow! This is stunning! I was a little unsure about this stamp set but seeing what you have done has really made me fall in love with this flower set!!! Very nice!!

  4. The colors are beautiful and go very well together. Your card turned out great!!

  5. Adorable card!! Love what you did with it!!