Monday, February 28, 2022


 Are you ready for another Simply Stamping card made with the Art in Bloom Stamp set?  This card is probably not what you would expect from a stamp set that has "Bloom" in its name.

But this stamp set also includes a couple of graphical stamps for making borders, so I decided to only use those today and see what I could come up with.

The designer series paper background is a pattern from the Friendly Hello collection.  This is one of the Sale-a-Bration items, and TODAY is the last day to get it.  It's hard to believe, but today is already the last day of Sale-a-Bration!  If you have not yet taken advantage of the FREEBIES, you need to act quickly!

If you want to make a focal point similar to this one, I have a hint for you on how to make the pattern centered.  Start stamping in the center and then work up and down from there.  In this example, I wanted the Soft Succulent square stripe to be in the center.  I'll be honest, I don't normally start stamping in the center.  I'm used to either starting on the bottom and working up, or at the top and working down.  I tried it several times working from the bottom up and could not get it to come out right.  I either had a little tiny partial green stripe on the top or I had a big space that needed some dots.  It was driving me a "little" crazy trying to figure out the spacing, when all of a sudden, a light bulb went off, and I thought, why don't you try starting in the center.  I then stamped a row of dots above and below the center green stripe, another row of dots above and below -- and so on until the cardstock was covered.  So that's my hint for today. I don't know why it took me so long to figure that out!

After I finished stamping the focal point, I wanted to add a sentiment, of course.  I first made a square sentiment, and it just looked a little boring -- too much "square" going on.  I then tried a circle and that shape looked OK, but I wanted to mimic the colors of the mat layers, and the circles dies I have required the layers to have larger borders and the sentiment was getting way too big.  I didn't want to cover up that much of my focal point.  I wanted the sentiment to compliment that focal point and not become the focal point.  Besides, I had worked way too hard figuring out that spacing, and I didn't want to cover up my hard work.  LOL So, I turned my square sentiment at an angle and thought "that works"!  Obviously, I had to restamp the sentiment at an angle, but that also allowed me to make it a little smaller.

What do you think?  Do you like the "diamond" shape?

For the inside of the card, I used the same rectangular stripe and dots stamps to create a border on the left side of the basic white.  

I often leave the inside of my cards sentiment-free so that I can add an appropriate sentiment later when I know what the card will be used for.  Do you do that, too?

If you would like a tutorial for today's card, you can download one using this link.

The products I used are listed below:

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