Candy Ford is a member of my InKing Royalty team and has a great group of her own, The Candy Hearts. I don’t participate in a lot of blog hops, but I’m happy to participate in today’s Candy Hearts Blog Hop.
Welcome to the Candy Hearts Blog Hop for March! Today we are sharing Spring-themed projects. After reading my post, I hope you will hop to the next person on the list below. Be sure to hop around to see ALL the great projects the Candy Hearts have created for you!
May Good Things Grow
Today’s card features a mix of soft colors, a Springtime sentiment and a beautiful collection of flowers and butterflies. Does it get any more Spring-themed than that?! Here’s a look at my sweet card for today’s hop:
This is a familiar layout, right? We’ve been sponging circles and ovals for years with Stampin’ Up! inks and Stamping Sponges, so I’ve been creating this layout for years. The addition of Blending Brushes in Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog gives us a perfect excuse of blending beautiful colors together inside our circle and oval templates. Yay! Here’s a look at the Blending Brushes (you need them, but they are not orderable until inventory levels are replenished close to the end of March):
The Blending Brushes allow us to add soft layers of ink or create gradient background without lines. I cropped an oval with the Layering Ovals Dies and used it as a template to layer in three colors of ink with my Blending Brushes. I also added a soft So Saffron border around my focal point by applying So Saffron ink with a Blending Brush to Basic White cardstock.
After I created the soft oval of colors on the Basic White piece, I stamped the image of wild flowers in the lower, left corner with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, allowing the flowers to overlap the soft oval. I then added the sentiment (also with Memento Tuxedo Black ink). Both of the stamped images are from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. Here’s a look:
I added three teeny tiny butterflies that I cropped from the Butterfly Beauty Dies. All of the GORGEOUS butterflies in the newly released Butterfly Bouquet Collection are too big for this card, but the Butterfly Beauty Dies had some small butterflies that gave me just what I needed. Love! Here’s a closer look:
I gravitate toward Stampin’ Up! colors that are featured in Designer Series Papers and product suites in the catalogs. So Saffron and Rococo Rose have been featured a lot, so I’m using them a lot more lately. They came together perfectly in this sunrise combination of soft yellow, soft pink and soft blue. Score! If you like this mix of So Saffron, Rococo Rose and Pool Party as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:
Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Garden Papers: So Saffron, Basic Black, Basic White Inks: So Saffron, Rococo Rose, Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Blending Brushes, Layering Ovals Dies, Butterfly Beauty Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Thank you for hopping with the Hearts today! Be sure to hop around to all the stops. You do not want to miss any of the creativity in this talented group of stampers! If you get lost, use the list below:
- Candy Ford of Stamp Candy
- Pam Morris of Tap Tap Stamp
- Linda Krueger of The Stamp Coach
- Brian King of Stamp with Brian
- Joanne Brown of The Inky Dragon
Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing another card I created with this similar layout and color technique – I hope you’ll come back!
Here are links to the products I used on today’s card: