Thursday, July 20, 2017

Guest Artist Feature: Laura Bassen

Hi there! Laura here and today I have a fun project to share featuring both the Southern Summer Florals 1 & 2 stamps and dies.

I combined both of these sets along with one of the Basic Greetings Die to make a colorful floral wreath design.

I stamped several of the floral images from both the Southern Summer Florals 1 & 2 sets using my MISTI and a mixture of pigment & dye inks.

I used the coordinating dies to die cut each image out popped them up with foam tape arranging them in a wreath-like shape to frame the sentiment.

Here is a video to show you how I created this project

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

Hope you enjoyed the video! Thanks so much for stopping by & have a wonderful day!


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Citrus Patterns with Dawn

Hello! It is the middle of summer and it definitely feels like it here in Florida. It makes it so hard to start planning for Christmas stuff, so guess what, I won't just yet! Let's keep it bright and fun for a bit longer. Yeah?

I just love this card set and it's right up my "staple design" alley. Clean with a vintage yet modern feel. These images pair perfectly with the new Southern Sentiments, don't you think? I've used this universal sentiment set on all of my cards today.

The main card features an all-over pattern using the solid lemon and lime (inked up as lemons) images from Summer Citrus. For the leaves, I wanted the more vintage vibe, so I chose some of the leaves from our Southern Summer Florals 1 set instead of using the more modern/graphic leaves included in Summer Citrus. I chose to stamp a few of the elements on separate cardstock, die cut them using their companion dies and pop them up using foam tape for this card.

For the other cards in the set, I stamped the same pattern across a little more than half of the card and added my sentiment to the right hand side. I stamped and heat embossed the sub-sentiment in white on black cardstock and then popped it up on foam tape. I also opted to change the color of the blossoms on this one from pink to yellow - just to switch things up a bit.

All of the images for all of these cards were inked up using the rock and roll technique. So I inked them up with one color and then rolled the edges of the stamp in a darker color to create a transition of colors when stamping. This is one of my all time favorite techniques. It is so simple and really adds a lot of impact with minimal effort.

For the next card, I wanted to showcase a totally different look using the same stamp set. I am really enjoying the versatility of this set!

By using the solid images and outlined images from the set together, I am able to pull of this more retro looking pattern. I started by cutting a mask using the Basic Labels Die and placing it in the upper third of my card front. I stamped a bunch of outlined images in black and then filled in some of them with their solid partners. I left some uncolored and offset some others when stamping.

After I removed the mask, I stamped the label in Fairy Dust and then stamped my sentiment on top of the label in Black. Bonus? This is a completely one layer card! Score. I can't wait to try it in some other colors. I think it would look amazing in oranges and pinks.

I have more to share with you guys featuring this set, along with the new Citrus Background Builders, so stay tuned for that. And, I will definitely be making card sets using the oranges and pineapples using the layout from today's card set!

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