Monday, March 25, 2013

I'm Guest Designing Today!

I am so excited to be guest designing for Sweet Stamp Shop over on their blog today!  I was thrilled when Nicole emailed me offering me the chance to guest design and I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you!

I was given the Kiss Me set to work with:

How cute is that?!  When I first saw it, my head instantly filled with so many different ways to use this set.  You've seen a few of my cards over on the SSS blog today, but I'll show them again...and a few more!  Plus, I'll even be showing you how I made one of them, so be sure to stick around!  :)

Here are the cards that are featured over on the SSS blog:

Even though this set wasn't specifically designed to be used for chalkboard art, as one of the other SSS new releases was, I thought I would make a cute chalkboard card with these.  I stamped the kissing couple and heart with Versamark and sprinkled them with white embossing powder.  The result is much more bold than if I had just used a white ink by itself.

I thought the kissing couple would go perfectly with this paper from Echo Park's Everyday Ecclectic collection.  I tried to make it seem like these two were caught on camera sneaking some smooches at the fair.  :)

This was the very first card I came up with when I saw the set.  I will show you how I made it after I show off a couple more cards I made for your viewing pleasure...

Another chalkboard art creation that I think turned out so pretty!  I used a doily-esque edge punch and frilly seam binding to class it up, then added the push pins to finish it off.  The love heart sentiment is popped up with dimensional adhesive.  

I decided to attempt a new technique (you know, since I'm still claiming to be a "novice") for this card.  I stamped the kissing sentiment with versamark, then covered the images with clear embossing powder.  I then sprayed a sheet of waxed paper with three different colors of mist.  I added a few sprays of water, then placed the cardstock face down in the puddle.  This is how it turned out.  I love how the color isn't even.  The chevron patterned strip I used seems to echo that multi-toned look.  

Let's jump back to this card, shall we?

I used two stamps for this card:  The you+me hearts and the kissing couple silhouette.  I knew I wanted to attempt to try and make an *actual* kissing couple to fit my idea of them kissing in front of a carved tree better. 

 First, I lightly stamped the image onto a piece of scrap paper.  I didn't even try to cover the stamp completely with ink.  I just needed to be able to see the edges so I could cut them out. 

After I cut the silhouette out, I traced it lightly onto white cardstock.   

After I erased the lines minimally, I used my colored pencils to draw my interpretation of what they boy and girl would look like.  Keep in mind, I am NOT an artist.  I kind of surprised myself at how well the girl's hair turned out.  :)  After I finished coloring them in, I cut them out and put them aside. 


I created the tree trunk by dry embossing some dark kraft cardstock, but before I did so, I stamped some brown chalk ink onto one side of the embossing plate, so the texture of the tree would show up better.  Then I stamped the sentiment on light cardstock.  I paper pieced the background and grass and used my cloud punch to create big bushy leaves for the tree. 

Here it is again.  I have to admit that I'm surprised that my two dimensional brain came up with this one, but I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out! 

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by today!  I had so much fun creating these cards for you all to enjoy.  Thank you to Nicole for giving me the opportunity to showcase her amazing stamps!

Until next time...



  1. OMG! LOVING these cards!!! How do you always come up with such GREAT ideas???? Thanks so much for the tutorial too - I may give this a try :-)
    Kerys x

    1. Thank you, Kerys! I guess I'm just growing as a novice. ;)

  2. These are all so much fun! My favorite is the tree, of course! Great job! What a fabulous stamp set!


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