Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Hello - Feb SOTM Blog Hop

Hello Again. It is the beginning of the month so it is time for a new Stamp Of The Month. This month we will be showcasing A Happy Hello.

This hop is a giant circle. Just keep hopping around until you get back to where you started. You should be coming from {Tamytha Jenkins} if you did not start here. Next in the hop is {Jenny Gilbert}.

This stamp was a little hard for me. I didn't want to do the basic cluster of flowers like they are meant to be. I always try to use the stamp outside of what it is meant to be. The first thing I noticed was the large stamp looked like a sun. So I ran with it. I looked through my Artfully Sent booklet trying to find something that would fit with a sun. This card came up. It was almost perfect. Almost. 

image #M100B23

It already had a sun. So I used contour in Design Space (tutorial below) and removed the sun. 
Now I could stamp my happy sun right above the sentiment.

I wanted the sun to be yellow, even tho I am using an orange yellow card base. Close To My Heart does not carry yellow embossing powder and using pigment ink and clear embossing was not turning out, So I embossed with white and used our Shin Han markers to color the embossing powder. Worked like a charm.

So my second card, I wanted to make the circles like balloons. So I went searching through my Artfully Sent booklet again to see what birthday, celebration cards they had. I came across this one. Loved the sentiment, but that is all I wanted. So again I used contour and removed everything but the congratulations.

image #M100B7E

So once I got the card they way I wanted, I couldn't get the circles to look like balloons. One of the attempts used the dotted circle around the others to make the balloon. I didn't like it, but I did like the circles. So I took pigment ink and random stamped the whole card. After I was done, I clear embossed the circles.

See that glitter behind the sentiment? That is our white shimmer trim. I again took the Shin Han markers and colored it. I adhered it to sheet of White Daisy, cut it smaller that the card and adhered it to the front to sandwich the trim.

I have one more card I am working on, but I didn't finish it in time so I will be posting it later. 

I hope you enjoyed these projects. I love using things in different ways, so I just love the options Design Space gives me to do so. I don't think I have used the Artfully Sent cartridge just as it comes. Between slice and contour, I have been able to use this cart outside of the card option. Oh wait, there was that one Christmas card.

I have a tutorial below showing how I made this card, plus i have a more detailed {contour tutorial}. If you do not want to see the tutorial, you can hop over to {Jenny Gilbert} to see what great ideas she has.

When you upload the image in Design Space, it comes attached with the score line. You will have to detach to use contour.

Select contour and it will change to blue.

Select all the parts you do not want, they will change to another blue and hit contour again

Once you are done, remember to attach the score line.

And there you go. I hope you enjoyed this stamp set. 
 You can get your own during February only for $5 with a $50 purchase. Stop by {} to place your order today. If you would like to see what other tutorials I have done with Design Space, check out my {tutorials page}.
And please join my {Facebook group} to get updates on new tutorials, artwork and specials.

Now please join{Jenny Gilbert} for her projects using the sotm.


Here Comes The Sun card

Stamps -
   A Happy Hello S1502

Paper -
   Goldrush Cardstock 1243

Ink -
   Versamark Ink Pad Z891
   Golden Yellow Marker Z2452

   White Embossing Powder Z2068
   Artfully Sent Cartridge Z3017

Congratulations Card

   A Happy Hello S1502

Paper -
   White Daisy Cardstock 1385

Ink -
   Whimsy Pigment Ink Set Z2504
   Adventure Pigment Ink Set Z2501
   Tender Pink Marker Z2464

Other -
   Clear Embossing Powder Z2088
   White Shimmer Trim Z3024
   Artfully Sent Cartridge Z3017


  1. Thanks for sharing cards created using the Explore! I'm "one of those" that still has the explore in the box, however I was waiting on my new laptop that arrived Friday - so hoping to get it out of the box soon! :) Thanks for the details on how to use the contour!! I've been reading everything I can on the Explore, and look forward to using my knowledge very soon!!! Thanks for taking the time to explain all the steps! :)

  2. Cute cards! Thanks for the level of detail you provided.

  3. These cards are so cute, and love that you explained how you created them. Love Artfully Sent. Great job.

  4. I never knew you could color embossing powder with the Shinhan markers. Brilliant!

  5. I love the idea of using the flower as a sunshine!

  6. Nikka, thanks for sharing that great tutorial. Your cards are so so bright and cheery-- love them!

  7. Clever combination of this stamp set with Artfully Sent cards! Both turned out beautifully!