Hello crafters and Happy Saturday! Today I am excited to be participating in a blog hop hosting by one of my dear friends Maria Sabina Riata, who blogs at Lollyrot Scrapbooking. Maria has come up with a special blog hop called Stamped Around the World and I think you are going to enjoy it!
The purpose of the hop is to spread the joy of receiving a handmade card to people around the world. All of us girls participating in the hop each are to make a card write a message inside on a sticky note and then mail it to someone else! That person is to then write their own message on a sticky note and mail the card on to somebody they know… and the joy of cardmaking is continually passed on and on and on! Pretty cool, huh?
So for my card today, I am creating a pretty “hello” card using Concord & 9th’s Hello Lovely stamp set, along with products from Tonic Studios who is sponsoring the hop with a special giveaway. Details on the giveaway (plus a giveaway of my own!) are at the bottom of the post.
A popular trend right now in the crafting world is the use of halftone stamps. Halftones are images made up of a series of dots to simulate color, shading or gradients. In the Hello Lovely stamp set, there are a few halftone stamp images that can be used to “color” in the floral outline stamp. This is so much fun, and super easy!
Check out the cool shading effects the halftone stamps create…
I was aided in the creation process of this card by the use of the Tonic Studios and Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. This tool is much like the MISTI Stamping Tool which many of you are familiar with and love; I too am a huge fan of the MISTI. But the Stamp Platform is also just as great as the MISTI, and in the video below I touch quickly on the features of the Stamp Platform.
Many of you have asked for a video talking about the Stamp Platform and MISTI tools, which I will be posting very soon. In that upcoming video, I will go more in depth on the Stamp Platform’s features and what I like about it.
SHIPPING NOTE ON THE STAMP PLATFORM: The Stamp Platform from Tonic Studios and Tim Holtz is scheduled to be released and shipping sometime in early June. Due to some design adjustments and improvements, the original release and ship date set for May has been adjusted to June.
To create the look I achieved for this card, I first stamped the outline with black ink. The halftone color stamping was done with multiple ink colors and some makeshift masking. I walk you through the whole process in the video. For those of you interested in the colors of ink that I chose, I have them listed here:
Embellishing this card was a lot of fun! I used four different Nuvo Crystal Drop colors to cover over many of the black splatters, which are part of Concord & 9th Hello Lovely outline floral image. When selecting the Nuvo Drops, I was careful to select colors that matched my ink choices as close as possible. The resulting effect of the Nuvo Drops in place of the black splatters is quite colorful!
I hope you will be checking out the video below to see how the card came together! Also make sure you keep reading to find out more details on the Stamped Around the World blog hop. Thanks for visiting me today!
WATCH THE VIDEO
MORE HALFTONE STAMPS
As I mentioned in the video, there are many halftone stamps on the market right now that are really popular! Here are some great ones to check out if you are looking to add some of these stamps to your craft stash:
If you have already been hopping along with us, your next stop if none other than my sweethearted friend, Maria! However, if you are just joining in on this hop, I have the full list for you below!
What is a blog hop without some fun giveaways?! As the sponsor of the hop, Tonic Studios is giving away a special surprise bundle of goodies to a lucky, random winner! Leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop to increase your chances of winning! The winner will be announced Maria’s Lollyrot Scrapbooking blog on May 27th.
AND, as a fun twist to this hop, instead of me simply sending this card to someone I usually send a card to, I want to spread the cardmaking joy even further and send it to one of YOU, my fellow crafters! So make sure you leave a comment on my blog post here and I will randomly select a winner to send the card to… and then you can play along and send the card to someone YOU know! I will draw the winner on May 27th.