Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Artbooking + Shy Stamps = FUN!

I was inspired by the colors over at Color My Heart to do something a little outside my box parameters.  Now, that's what a challenge is all about, right?  It gets us out of our zone and into a different style, color scheme, genre, etc.

I decided to break out some of those stamps collecting dust because I seem to really have favorites.  It's not that I don't like all my stamps,,,, it's just,,,,, well,,,,, some just seem to get out of the package more than others!  Some are invited to almost every occasion, while others wait in the drawers for a special invitation.  Ok, for lack of a better term, let's call them the 'shy stamps'!

If there are any psychologists out there who feel they should address my need to personify my stamps, please go ahead and do so now.  If not, I'll move on to the card!  ;)

I started with White Daisy cardstock.  I went to the stamp drawers and challenged myself to pull as many unused ones as possible and leave the fav's behind!  I was looking for circles and flowers.  Here's how it played out---

CTMH:  Balloon Talk (used new stamp)
              A Flowering Bunch (nothing new)
              Kudos (used new stamp & repeats)
              Remarkable Wreath (used a new stamp)
              You Are My Happy (1 new, 1 repeat)
              Whooo's your Valentine (new and repeat)
              Unicorn Dreams (repeat)

I went into CCR and cut an Artbooking background out of Dura-Lar.  This made a stencil for my first layer of ink.  Then, I actually inked up the stencil and pressed it around different places.  Then I stamped, stamped and stamped some more.  Finally, some of those stamps were out playing!

I used the sentiment from Balloon Talk and cut the matching "bubble" from Artiste.  I embellished with CTMH Ribbon (long retired!) and a flower made from CTMH Baker's Twine topped with an Opaque Gem from the Licorice collection (also retired).

In all seriousness, I really had fun with this card!  I've been working on a larger piece (soon to be revealed), and it was fun to make a card in an afternoon!  Who wouldn't have fun with these colors?

All CTMH from KatiesCorner.  Remember, time is dwindling to get your hands on any of the current CTMH papers!


  1. Another fabulous card, Katrina! Although I am not a psychologist, I love how cleverly you explained your creative process also. Great job using all the challenge colors and those "shy" stamps! Thanks for sharing your art with us again at the Color Dare!
    :) Marie

  2. How very fun!! Love that you pulled a bunch of stamps out and just had a blast. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Color My Heart again. We always look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  3. What a colorful card! Love all the details but I think my fav is the twine flower! Thanks for joining us at Color My Heart!