Hi friend! You may be new to my blog, and if so, welcome! You are probably visiting from the Lil’ Inker Designs New Release Hop and if so, be sure to start at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog first so you don’t miss anyone’s projects from Day 1 of their August Release!
I LOVE encouraging people. I’m not necessarily the hard-hitting type of coach or cheerleader some people need to get them to the finish line, but if you need a friend to remind you how amazing you are, and to show you all the times you’ve already gotten through a rough patch, I’m your girl. After going through a tough time a few years ago, I realized that the more I encouraged others, and took the focus off myself, the more encouraged I became. It’s definitely contagious, you can’t be cranky and encouraging at the same time. 🙂
When Laura at Lil’ Inker Designs (a sweet stamping friend I have yet to meet in person – but someday!) asked me to create a new stamp set for her, I jumped at the chance! Laura has been such a bright light to me over the past few years, and this set couldn’t have turned out more perfect for her line and who she is.
You’ll notice my stamps have a bit of wear on them already – what can I say, these were well-loved right from the start. I couldn’t not ink them up a few dozen times!
I knew exactly what I wanted to create with these for the first feature project for this release. I purchased a stack of 5 Post-It pads and used Versamark Dazzling Watermark Ink (it’s got a gold shimmer to it) to lightly impress encouraging sentiments on top. I loved the subtle look and loved that they leave a little shimmer behind once dry. I’m super sad that the camera did not capture the shimmer well!
I knew exactly who I’d be sending these Post-It notes too, so I went ahead and created a coordinating notecard (about 4.25″ x 4.25″) on some yellow cardstock using Distress Ink in Mustard Seed. It still gives a watermark effect without using the watermark ink. I was afraid it wouldn’t give enough of a good impression to be visible. I love doing tone-on-tone looks when I want my focal point to really pop.
With these stamps and coordinating dies, it is so simple to create a look like this! Simply stamp your “bouquet” on the background, leaving room in the center for a larger bloom. Then, stamp your larger bloom onto some white cardstock and color with alcohol markers or colored pencils – I like Copics.
Using the coordinating dies makes this next part super simple – run the stamped image through a Cuttlebug or your favorite die machine to get a nice border.
Pop up with foam dimensionals for nice depth and you’ve got a beautiful card that’s done in less than 30 minutes and can be easily mass-produced.
This makes a wonderful gift idea for teachers, friends, and even your favorite mom on Mother’s Day.
Your next stop is another one of my sweet stamping friends, Amy Kolling! Don’t forget to pop by Lil’ Inker Designs when you’re done with the hop to purchase Encouraging Words and the coordinating die set. I hope you love these images as much as I loved creating them. Thanks so much to Laura for the opportunity to share with you today!