Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! Once a month, members of the team coordinate a hop on the same day, with posts based on a common theme. This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs, and this month’s song is “September Morn,” a Neil Diamond classic from the late 1970’s. As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the beauty of autumn. Although it is quite warm in Atlanta today, the air generally becomes crisp and the leaves start to fall in September.
We are excited to share our blog hop creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list, whose name you will see at the bottom of the post..
My card was made with stamps from the Waterfront stamp set in the neutrals that I love: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede. Inspiration came from a card made by demonstrator Michelle Andrews. I love the peace and tranquility created by this combination of colors. They speak to the changing colors of September. The Waterfront stamp set is a pretty set with multiple images of nature – lakes, beaches, palm trees, mountains – all places we like to visit. To add to the fun, the stamps create a watercolor effect that enables card-sized works of art. You don’t need artistic abilities with this set, and you do not need perfect stamping. The stamps and the inks do all of the work!
I had the idea for the card before I selected a sentiment. The artistic image is multipurpose, and could be used for birthdays, thank yous, hello, thinking of you, etc. I ultimately decided on “I’m here for you, friend.”, from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set. It is a pretty scene, with a sincere sentiment, and I will send it to a dear friend.
To make the card, I stamped the scene on a piece of Whisper White card stock, using Crumb Cake ink for the mountains, Soft Suede for the land, and Night of Navy for the trees and the lake (I stamped off first on scrap paper in order to lighten the color of the water). That’s it, just a few stamps and you have a work of art, well almost!
I then trimmed the stamped paper to 5″ x 3″. Using the largest square die from the Stitched Shape framelits and the Big Shot, I cut out a piece of the image. I cut it a bit off-center, a little to the left, to balance where I would stamp the sentiment. I cut a piece of white scrap paper and glued it behind the stamped, cropped piece. I then replaced the cut, square piece, lifting a little with foam adhesive strips. Then I glued the full piece to a piece of 5 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ Night of Navy card stock.
I made a card base from Crumb Cake card stock, and stamped “I’m here for you, friend.” on the lower right corner in Night of Navy ink, then adhered the stamped panel to complete the card. And there you have it!
I hope you enjoy the colors of the card, and the layers created by raising part of the image.
Linda K, The Stamp Coach
If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
- Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
- Nina King at InkPaperSequins
- Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
Here are the measurements and the Stampin’ Up! products I used to make today’s card. Click on any image to see the product in my online store.
- Crumb Cake card stock for the card base = 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4 1/4″
- Night of Navy card stock for the layer = 5 1/8″ x 3 1/8″
- Whisper White card stock = 5″ x 3″ (2 pieces)