Sunday, February 4, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms

This year's Sale-A-Bration stamp, Heartfelt Blooms, just knocks it out of the park.  I had a chance to play with it, and what a versatile stamp!  This stamp can be the centerpiece in a clean and simple card... or it can be used to create an elegant layered card.

Here, I stamped the flower bunch in Smoky Slate.  Then I accented the florals with different colors of pastels.  As you can see the grey ink gives this a soft and muted color:

If you like a muted look, stop there.  While pretty, I felt it still needed a bit of "oomph" in certain areas.  So, I grabbed a black drawing pencil and added light and dark strokes.  I think the addition of these shadows make all the difference.  It almost looks like it was hand-drawn, no?

It was so relaxing to color and "sketch," and I think it offers a great look to a CAS card:

So, pick up a black pencil, turn on some soft background music and go to town.  So fun!

Would love to hear your comments. 

Thanks for visiting,


  1. Awesome idea! This is such a beautiful stamp, I never would have thought to add pencil to it. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you liked the idea!

  2. This is my FAVORITE Stamp set! I love your technique.... stunning!

  3. Thank you so much for your kind comments. This is definitely my favorite SAB stamp too!

  4. When I tried this stamp I was a bit put off because so much area was covered with the ink pad color. I want to color in areas that the impression has covered with the ink pad ink, I get smears. Not real happy with results.

  5. Received this as a pinterest email. This is an absolutely gorgeous card. I will have to try to emulate this -- I hope my trial can get close to looking like yours. So artistic!

  6. Mine didn't turn out nearly as nice but I love the addition of the pencil - it really added some depth. Thanks for the great idea!


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