You should be arriving from April's Blog! If not, this hop is actually one big circle, so just keep on hopping. You can find the entire line-up of Close to My Heart Consultants participating this month on Melinda's Blog.
I hope you are ready for some serious inspiration!
The September 2014 SOTM, Family is Forever, has an awesome tree image that perfectly fills a standard size A2 card front. I combined it with a teeny, tiny stamp from the National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy My Acrylix (also from Close to My Heart) to make a lovely little note for my sweetie. ;)
I used a little technique that is super easy in order to get both the Cocoa and New England Ivy Inks onto my stamp. First, I completely inked the main center trunk and branches using the Cocoa Exclusive Ink Pad. Then I used a sponge wedge to dab off the brown ink on most of the leaves. Finally, I inked up around the leaves with my New England Ivy Exclusive Ink Pad. I really like the gradual transition in colors it produced. Also, the time it took to add the second ink gave the solid trunk a bit of a worn texture as the ink separated...love it!
Now, I didn't want to cut out the little hearts from my stamp--YET. There is no doubt in my mind that I will now, though. ;) That is one of the benefits of Close to My Heart's clear acrylic stamps--you can always alter them with our Micro-Tip Scissors!
Anyhow, this time, I decided to add some pops of red with the Grey and Black Epoxy Bubbles.
No, I haven't lost my mind--YET! ;) I simply colored the lightest color bubbles with my Carmine ShinHan Alcohol Marker!
On the base of the tree, someone left a little sign from #30yearsofhappy stamped in Desert Sand Ink...
...certainly nicer than carving initials in the tree! ;)
That is all I have for you today, and I have to run and stick this note in my hubby's lunchbox, so hop on over to Terry Ann's Blog to see some more inspiring artwork! Thanks for stopping by!
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