SOTM: Sunny Thoughts + Pretty in Pink Cards

Welcome back Crafty Peeps! 

Today I am sharing with you how to take the new February Stamp of The Month set "Sunny Thoughts" and create three stunning cards, and a layout. Something for everyone!

(All supplies are linked below to my online store with Close to My Heart. At no additional cost to you, I do receive a small commission when items from my online store are purchased. THANK YOU!)

Today's cards are super cute, and each involve some simple stamping, that can be taken to the next level easily when you are ready. 

This raised card is so simple, and I really enjoy simple cards. With the sentiment being loud, I needed simple reserved accent stamping and pieces to help coordinate the card. Linen ink coordinates well with white daisy, as subtle background. I used the vine image and carried it just past the halfway mark of the card base. The heather cardstock piece was stamped in heather ink using the dotted line image, for a slightly more dramatic subtle background. I love tone on tone stamping. To take this up a notch, you can stamp in versamark ink, add clear embossing powder and heat emboss. This gives a bold tone on tone look, along with the look of dimension.

Building the card up from subtle to eye-catching, I started with the Color of the Year - BASHFUL - as the base accent piece. Because there is the vine stamping next to the bashful cardstock, it was best to leave this as is, with no stamping. Layered on top bashful, is the tone on tone heather card stock, with banner style cut (retired) Hollyhock cardstock, and a banner style cut tangerine cardstock layered on top of both. I have to say that fussy cutting was the bane of stamping for me. (time*out what is fussy cutting? It is when you cut out a stamped image, either leaving a border or no boarder around the image) Until I learned to turn my paper as cut, and NOT my scissors. While I am no master of fussy cutting (#thincutsforallimages) it isn't as cumbersome to me now. I fussy cut the foliage accents after stamping in Juniper ink on white daisy cardstock and tucked a portion of bottom foliage piece behind the sentiment. The small flower image, comes with some foliage behind hit, I just cut that area off when fussy cutting. The flower is stamped in Blossom ink, second generation stamping, giving two shades from ink pad. The sentiment is from the new Sunny thoughts stamp set, 'Have a Sunny day' PERFECT pick me up card! This is adhered to a dove tail banner popped up on 3D foam tape. Two pearls were added to help keep the eye in towards the sentiment. 

This is such a fun card! I have the perfect person in mind to send this to, she is always sunny and fun, and full of life. This cut is actually from the Artbooking CTMH cricut collection. It was resized to fit an A2 notecard. Cut from tangerine cardstock, I tried many different cards before settling on this style. Simple was better in this case. The center of the sun is simply stamped in versa mark ink, with black embossing powder added. I feel like a simple black stamped image would have been to subtle, and this embossed sentiment is just the right amount of ah-ha. 

 The back ground was a combo of stamping; we have that tone on tone again, blossom ink on hollyhock (retired) cardstock. I've also added some embossed stamping. Using some versamark ink and white embossing powder. The end result is perfect. dramatic effect. (tip - when embossing use a static tool before stamping, this helps the embossing powder stick to just the ink and fall off the rest of the card) 

That Bashful cardstock is so pretty, and must see in person kind of paper. Very similar to the first card, I have used the vine image to create a background. I wanted a more dramatic look, so I heat embossed with white emossing powder after stamping in versamark ink. Above the Bashful cardstock, the dot lined images was used again, this time in heather ink. 

Adding plain peacock and heather cardstock on top of the heat embossed Bashful cardstock, is perfect to strengthen the dramatic effect of the embossing. Topping off this layering tip is a dove tail banner cut hollyhock (retired) cardstock piece. "Wishing you warm birthday wishes" is stamped in two colors, even though it is one stamp. Now, I could simply cut the image to create two stamps, which would also allow me to stamp in two different colors effortlessly. However, I love the look of how the blank in bleeds into the peacock at the top of most of the letters. (Did you know you can cut your stamps apart and it doesn't effect their stamping ability? Simply cut between the images (never the raised area) and viola you have two stamps now) To finish off the card, two pearls were added, keeping the eye in focus of the sentiment. 

Supplies: From the Pretty in Pink Collection

Think pink this month during our Pretty in Pink special! We’ve selected a handful of pink and gold items to offer at a discount during the month of February. This includes multiple products featuring our Color of the Year, Bashful. We’ve even assembled a bundle of Bashful items that you can buy at 30% off or receive FREE by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month.
Save 30% on product bundles and 25% on individual items

Stamp of The Month: Sunny Thoughts

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Item Number: S1802 Set of 13
Recommended My Acrylix® block:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 1" × 6½" (Y1005), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 6½" (Y1010)

Stamp images outlined in blue coordinate with the Basic Circle Thin Cuts (Z3318), sold separately.

Odds & Ends...

3D foam tape
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

Thank you SO much for stopping by today to see my beautiful cards! I hope this inspires you to get crafty!


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