Friday, May 18, 2018

Hello Bluebird - 100% Chance of Happiness

Hello Bluebird's 2018 May release is now available!! There are 7 new stamp sets (6 have coordinating dies) and 2 stand alone die sets.  This fun new release is available for purchase in the Hello Bluebird shop.  To celebrate the new release, I'm sharing a card I've made using one of the new stamp sets called Puddle Play.

For this card I wanted to create an ink blended rainbow background with a text pattern.  I used two of the sentiments from the Puddle Play set and stamped them repeatedly on an angle to fill the entire card front.  I heat embossed the sentiments in white and then applied my ink over top.  I used a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks and an ink blending tool to apply color following the same angle.  

Since this background is pretty bold, I used two layers of vellum cut slightly smaller than my card panel to arrange my stamped characters on.  I found that two layers of the vellum was just enough to fade the background so my scene was very prominent but still allowed the colors and text pattern to show through.  All my stamped images were colored with Copic markers.  

Don't forget to check out the Hello Bluebird blog for continued inspiration from the Design Team using all the new set from the May release.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hello Bluebird - Wildflower Bouquet

Hello Bluebird's May release previews are happening now and all new release stamp sets and dies will be available in the Hello Bluebird shop on May 17 at 7:00 pm MST.  Today I'm sharing a card featuring one of the new stamp sets called Wildflower Bouquet.  This is a 4" x 8" stamp set and it's loaded with solid flower and leaf images.  A few of the flowers and leaves have additional layers to add some lovely detail.

I wanted to create a very full bouquet of flowers that would cover most of the card front.  I stamped multiples of each flower and leaf sprigs using Catherine Pooler inks.  I have found her ink pads to be great for stamping large solid images.   I started assembling the bouquet by laying down the greenery first in a starburst like shape.  I then just starting layering the flowers on top.  I wanted the arrangement to be very organic and somewhat loose.  Much like you would get if you were picking wildflowers out of a garden and building the bouquet as you picked.   

I did add a little bit of white and dark gray splatters to the flowers.  It's subtle but still adds a lot of detail and interest.  The sentiment - Just a note to brighten you day - is from another new HB set called Rainy Day and the hello die cut is from a stand alone die set called Gallery Frame die #1.

Don't forget to check out the Hello Bluebird Blog for lots more inspiration from the design team!

Honey Bee Stamps - Build-A-Bot Birthday Card

Hello there! Join me over on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog today.  I'm sharing all the details including Copics used for creating this...