Friday, 15 July 2011

OTP Inspiration with Sarah

I was lucky enough to play with this beautiful range this month....including some gorgeous stamps that make card making or embellishing your scrapbook easy!

I started off making a super simple tag book using these adorable Green at Heart die-cuts. This range called to mind summer for me, so I added a few photos of our summer exploits with my younger brother to flip through and act as memory prompts.







This is just a few of the pages, to see the rest, please visit the Basic Grey album.

Making this tag album was super simple:

1) Choose a selection of tags from the pack
2) Back the tags with papers from the Green at Heart Range
3) Lightly ink paper edges with distress ink
4) Add photos, flowers, brads to decorate. The photo edges were inked with Vintage Photo distress ink.

Some of the flowers in the album have been painted with Marigold Shimmerz - not only does it give a beautiful sparkle, it stiffens the flowers a little and makes them a little less vulnerable to wear and tear.

I love that the tags give me a place to journal (which I haven't done yet!) and the range of shapes make the tag album interesting while still being quick and easy to put together.

I also made a couple of cards with the Green at Heart Pocket Garden stamps - love these!

For this card I have stamped a few of the flora type images, before stamping and cutting out the bird which is adhered with foam dots. The green strip is the lovely die-cut doily paper that also made it's way into the album. A wee tip for these type of stamps: if you're having trouble getting a clear image, give the stamp a very light sand with a sanding block, then clean the stamp before use. This gets rid of any film leftover from the manufacturing process and gives you a much clearer image.

This second card couldn't be easier - I love the clean and simple style of card making and these stamps are perfect for it!

Sometimes, one layer cards can just be stunning. Using big images like this helps fill the space while keeping a clean look. To get the multicolour effect I have with the flowers, ink with a light dye ink first, then roll the edges of the stamp on a darker ink. Congrats - you just learned the "rock n roll" technique! Sometimes with smaller images I'll just dab the ink pad on the edge of the image to avoid covering the first colour completely.

I hope I've inspired you to give this gorgeous range a try! Even better - it's all currently on sale! yay!

Green at Heart Papers
Green At Heart - Die-cut Pieces
Green At Heart - Doilies - Ribbon
Green At Heart - Clear Stamp - Pocket Garden
Green At Heart - Glazed Brads
Paintz - Marigold
Assorted Prima Flowers
Distress Inks - Old Paper and Vintage Photo
Dye based ink for stamping images
White Card stock
Nestabilities dies and/or punches for cutting out photos

Have a great day!

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