I don't know about you, but here in Northeastern Oklahoma, we have had rain for days and days and days. Everything is lush and green (including the skies) and I am ready for some bright pops of color.
I am totally smitten with Papertrey Ink's Tulip Time Stamp Set and chose to do these in the bright Coral and Red tones as well. I started by die cutting the tulips from Stamper's Select White Cardstock so I could use the negative as my placeholder in the MISTI tool for stamping. I have found this to be a mostly fool proof way of stamping any of the layering stamps. Another method I've been using a lot lately is stamping my initial layer of color on the blooms using Brilliance Pearlescent Pigment Ink. For these tulips I used "Pearlescent Coral". I keep all of my pigment inks in the same container, so while I had them out, I used Pearlescent Thyme and Pearlescent Ivy for the leaves. The 2nd and 3rd colors for the blooms were Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy, both from Papertrey Ink. With the base layer (a.k.a. the most solid image) being done in the pearlescent ink, it makes the whole bloom pearlescent.
During the latest release from Papertrey Ink, there was this sentiment about "paper hugs" that I loved in the stamp set "Pen & Ink". I asked on the forum if anyone was interested in doing a "split" since I only wanted this one sentiment. To my surprise, someone was all in for that and I was able to get this sentiment. I'm a hugger, as are many crafters, so this sentiment was perfect for many of the cards I send. In fact, most of the cards I send are signed "Hugs" so again this is perfect and what I think a "Thinking of You" sentiment always makes me think of. As always, I used a lot of powder tool on my cardstock before stamping it with Versamark.
The note card is made using the Noted: A2 Die Set, also from Papertrey Ink. I don't make many side folding cards, but it's what I felt like making today. I also wanted to check out my new Cuttlebug Magnetic Mat for the extended plates. In case you didn't know, Anna Griffin came out with these magnetic mats for the Cuttlebug and you can buy the set of 2 (one regular and one for the extended plates) at HSN.com. I am over the moon. I am still really careful and sometimes use a bit of delicate surface masking tape, but the dies do not shift around. Let me qualify that by saying that my largest and second largest stitched rectangles have been used so much that they are bowed, so they don't lay flat on the magnetic mat and are the ones I'm using the masking tape with. The sandwich order is A Plate, Magnetic Mat, B Plate, cardstock, die and another B plate. There is pretty much no need for the C Plate unless you are not using the magnetic mat. You do have to remove the Magnetic Mat for Embossing Folders, and I'm guessing that I will also need to remove it for some of the Cover Plate Dies, but it's really easy and has been a fantastic solution for how much die cutting I do.
I started making cards just about 2 years ago now and I've made more than 500 cards, so my stitched rectangle dies get quite the workout. In fact, I've wondered if they will need to be replaced because I use them so much, but so far, they still work perfectly.
Thank you for spending a bit of time here on my blog today. I'm sorry I am not putting in many products links right now since I am having computer issues but I'll get back to doing it soon. Be sure to stop over at the Muse Challenge to see the inspiration and the entries as there are always so many great takes.