Friday, February 28, 2014

March 2014 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the March 2014 Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring Happy Place, a set of 7 stamps.  This month there are more than 50 Close To My Heart consultants participating in the hop.  Whether this is your starting point or you've arrived here from {Nancy's blog}, just click on the link at the end of each post to hop along to the next blog.

I couldn't resist the matryoshka dolls, and I was inspired to try to replicate the nesting.  I stamped the images in different colors of ink, and then colored them in with colored pencils.  The dolls were cut out, with the largest mounted on Blush cardstock (which was sponged with Ruby ink) and then mounted on Pear cardstock.  The main paper, coordinating cardstock, ribbons, and buttons were attached to the card front, and the large doll was mounted, centered on the front of the card.
Papers: CTMH White Daisy, Blush, Crystal Blue, and Pear cardstock, CTMH Sophia
Inks: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Ruby, and Sunset
Tools and Techniques: CTMH Cotton Candy and Colonial White ribbon, CTMH buttons, sponging, 3-D Mounting Foam, CTMH colored pencils, Terrifically Tacky Tape, 3M Write-on Transparency Film

For the inside of the card, I made another card from an overhead projector transparency film, and mounted one side of it to the back of the cardstock card front using Terrifically Tacky Tape (a must-have for adhering anything to the overhead transparency film).  Now the card has a front cover, a clear middle page, and a back cover.
I put a piece of patterned paper on the inside back and mounted the smallest doll.  The medium doll was mounted on the center of the clear page (using Terrifically Tacky Tape), and another piece of patterned paper was placed on the inside of the card front to provide a clean look.  Another tip when using transparency film:  because the material is thick, it won't lie flat when folded.  When scoring for the fold I find that perforating the score line allows the fold to lie flat.

Remember, Happy Place is only available March 1-31, 2014.  Contact your consultant, or click {here} to purchase one for yourself.

Now hop on over to {Beth's blog} to see her happy creation.

If you find any broken links along the way, the complete list of blogs can be found here.


Katy said...

GREAT coloring and I love that you matted the image on blush and pear!

Michelle Stewart said...

I wanted to try to actually nest the dolls, but had no clue on how to accomplish that. Great job!

Susan Brooks - The Closet Stamper said...

That is such a cool idea! Love the colors and paper choices.

Lori said...

Love the colors you used!

Haley D. said...

Very pretty!