CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Blushing Backgrounds

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop!

Thank you so much for joining us for this month's Technique Blog Hop where we feature Close To My Heart products and fun techniques to incorporate them. Today we are highlighting Background Stamps, which includes our stamps (D1767) Background Essentials, (D1750) In the Background, (B1568) Wild Backgrounds, and for my technique I will be using Delicate Flower stamp set (M1178)

If you are coming from Debi McBain's Blog, you are on the right track. There is a complete list of participants listed on Melissa's post should you get lost along the way.

I use the stamp resist technique with clear embossing powder and dye ink blending. 

Supplies used:

Delicate Flower (M1178) Stamp, Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2806), VersaMark™ Ink Pad (Z891), Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2088), Round Sponge (Z697), 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet (Z3386), White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254), 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151), Short & sweet Stamp Set (A1187)

Here is simple breakdown of how the cards were created. 

Now, head on over to Haley Dyer's Blog to see what artwork, and the other hoppers, have to share with you.

Cards, Layout and LOTS of stamping....

Hello & Welcome back to DanYell Scraps!

I am so excited to share with you a set of cards and a layout using the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp set by Close to My Heart.

I started with a focus stamping technique on a series of cards, seen below.

These cards were so easy to create, and I know you'll be excited to do it too!

The object of focus stamping is where one image stands out, or is the focal point. On each card I have stamped an image in a very bold color, then repeat stamped the same image in a lighter color. Of course if you do not have two shades of red, blue or your favorite color hue, you can simply apply the second generation stamping here.
If you are not familiar with second generation stamping, it is where you ink your stamp, then stamp on a scrap paper piece, then without re-inking, stamp on your project. The result is a lighter shade of the original color.
I choose to use light and dark inks. I really like the combos used and the amazing results from them.

Pacifica Blue and Lagoon and Juniper and Glacier

Lemon and Canary

Pomegranate and Ruby

The cards were finished off by adding dots of the lightest ink in the white areas. I accomplished this by using the round end of a paint brush. The center of all the flowers were stamped in the color of the year bashful. 
In the center of each focus flower, a white pearl gem was added, along with Gold Shimmer from the shimmer brush collection. 
The focus leaves are stamped in Fern green, and the secondary leave sets are stamped in sweat leaf. 

The front of each card was stamped with the Mini Stamp Thank you. Each panel was cut to 4 x 5.25 and adhered to a 4.25 x 5.5 black cardstock panel. 

I am so glad you joined me for a look at focus stamping. I have the links and names of all the items used today at the end.  

Now on to the 12 x 12 Layout created with exact same stamp set...Chelsea Gardens D1760

This entire layout was created using cardstock, inks, and a scoreboard. Let's start with the left side of the page. 
Beginning with how the upper right hand corner panel was created. Place your cardstock on your scordboard and score every quarter inch.( If you do not have a scoreboard, pal or scoring tool, use the gutter of your cutting board, and your bone folder.) Gently rub heather ink over the raised scored lines, you will achieve that two dimension difference. 

The bottom panel was stamped in sweet leaf ink on sweat leaf card stock. The result is that beautiful tone on tone look. A versatile title was added by stamping in versamark ink (clear ink) with Ranger white embossing powder added and heated. Then three strings of the white gold twin was adhered with two staples on each end and frayed. 

Moving over to the right side of the layout, we can see that charcoal grey scored panel again, the tone on tone sweet leaf cardstock ink combo, and the decorative element of twine frayed and stapled.  You will also see an interactive element in disguise. 
First I'd like to take a peek at the beautiful flowers on this page. Those are not B&T pages! Those are hand stamped images on white daisy cardstock. 
I just love how beautiful it turned out. The flowers are stamped in Juniper and Glacier inks. The centers are stamped in Heather and Charcoal grey inks. The leaves are stamped in fern and sweet leaf. Creating your own B&T paper is really easy, just make sure to stamp off the page as you see below, to give a free flow, and you are pretty much golden. 

Now for the magical interactive element. 

Viola - an area for extra photos, journaling, or memorabilia. 

Here is a recap of the supplies used in these projects.
Stamps: - Close to My Heart always features a stamp of the month
  • Chelsea Gardens stamp set D1760
  • Thank You M1178
  • Thinking of You

Cardstock colors (remember close to my heart now offers their cardstock with a lighter version on the other side.
  • Charcoal
  • Sweet Leaf
  • White daisy
  • Mink
  • Black

Inks: Close to My Heart Ink pads are no long the swivel case, but a fully opening magnetic case. 
  • Juniper
  • Pacifica Blue
  • Glaicer
  • Lagoon
  • Pomegranate
  • Ruby 
  • Canary
  • Lemon
  • Heather
  • Mink
  • Charcoal

Thank you for stopping by! Leave a comment below if you have tried this before, love it, or want to try it! Happy crafting!

Danielle Wagner
Close to My Heart Independent Consultant! 
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Black Magic Card - January SOTM

Happy New Year!
Join me today as I show you the stunning black magic technique.

I will be using the Bloom & Grow Stamp set from Close to My Heart. This stamp set is available through January only, as it is their Stamp of the month. Here are all of the images. 

Using versamark ink, gold, silver, and shimmer gold embossing powder the following three cards were created. Images were colored in using colored pencils. The card panel was cut down to 3.75 x 5.5 and the edges of the card base were embossed to to match the card. 

Thank you for joining me today! For more information on the January SOTM please head on over to my website www.DanYellScraps.CTMH.com 

Danielle Wagner
Close to My Heart Independent Consultant


Magic Slider Cards - FREE Design Space FIle

Who doesn't love a 'Little Bit of Pun'?

If you haven't guessed it yet, that is exactly what the December Stamp of The Month is featuring. Cute little images with adorable and some real laugh out loud sentiments. Look how cute these are...

Today I am going to show you just how I created quick and easy slider cards use the December SOTM and a design space file. 

Lets start with the basic assembly:

In the lower right hand corner, you can see the pieces I will be working with after the file has been cut. The 3" x 6" white daisy cardstock is cut to create two bases. 3" x 3" and 2.5' x 3"
  1. Adhere the 3" x 3" white daisy to the base of your card. I would at this point stamp create my base images now. I could have done this prior, its really personal preference. 
  2. The file cuts two "U" shaped pieces. These are the guides for the slider. Adhere the the first one down, with STRONG adhesive making sure the side and bottom are lined up exactly. 
  3.  Add the second directly on top, again making sure the sides and bottom are lined up exactly.
  4. Add the slider and test to make sure the guides are placed correctly. 
  5. Add the optional 2nd white daisy base to the slider. Again, I would create my slider images and or sentiments now. Personal preference, as there is no right or wrong way to do do this. 
  6. Add the Acetate piece to your window. I would at this point stamp any images that would need to line up with my bases images (not the slider images) in Staze on ink on the acetate. 
  7. Line up the slider through the sliced opening, and add STRONG adhesive to the top of the guides, careful not to add adhesive to the slider. Close the slider. 

Here is a finished Slider using the December Stamp of The Month Smore image. 


How'd She Do That ⇭😮

The S'more image was stamped twice, once on my 3" x 3" white daisy base in versa mark ink and heat embossed with fine black embossing powder. Then stamped on the acetate 3" x 3" window. The S'more image was colored in with watercolored pencils. When done lightly, I found the White Daisy holds up well to watercoloring. A window boarder was added to the top of the acetate. The sentiment "I need S'more" was stamped on Black cardstock, in versa mark ink, and heat embossed with fine white embossing powder. A small notch was cut from one end of the piece to create a banner. 3D tape was added to the back to give dimension. The Card was finished off with some old heart enamels, then layered on a 3.25" x 3.25" sweet leaf cardstock and then again on a 3.5" x 3.5" pewter cardstock. Using a hold punch, the slider was then given a tassel with twine.

I had so much fun creating these cards, So I am offering the design space file FREE to all my customers who purchase the December SOTM OR the Operation Smile™: Punny Pals

Once your order is confirmed I will send you the link via email to create your own slider cards.

Here are the Supplies used in this tutorial!

1 design space file created by DanYellScraps (file will cute two cards, per sheet, with creative placement on your part)

Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy Crafting!
Close to My Heart Independent Consultant