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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Friday Mini - Tutorial on Saturday

Hey ladies and gents! I hope you are having a great weekend so far. This is Alaine here, and your regularly scheduled Friday Tutorial has been hijacked... by me. HAHAHA... Seriously.... Cheryl had planned on doing the tutorial this week, however, there was a tragedy at the store she calls her Stamping home where she teaches her classes and she has been helping out the owner. You can check it out over at the China Phoenix 2 blog. All of our support and sympathy goes out to the shop owner, and we hope they are back up and running soon.

So, I am going to fill in and post a mini-tutorial on how to use some of the littler stamps. I made this card over a year ago, and really love how it turned out. I think one of the things I love so much about the Bombshell Stamps is their versatility. Kathi challenged us to use smaller stamps and / or icons as the focus of the images. This was an amazing challenge and actually a LOT of fun.

I used several of the flowers from different sets, and I stamped them REPEATEDLY - LOL... Maybe 30-40 of them, although I did not use all of them here. Two of the flowers were from Bombshell Angel, one from Sugar Skulls and one from Butterfly Queen. I colored them with all sorts of Copic colors - I do not remember which ones, but I would guess from the looks they were either the 0X series or 1X series colors, and then cut them out. Really - the cutting them out was the hardest part, but I figure it was so worth it.

I then used Lacey Circles Nesties, and cut out some circles, and then layered the flowers in a wreath around it. I then added some more of the lacey circle nesties in the middle and added the final two layered flowers on top. I used Foam tape to adhere the flowers and the circles to give it some dimension.

This is one of those cards I look back at when I am feeling un-inspired. Mainly because I really thought outside the Box on this (get it - its a circular wreath) (And the peanut gallery groans uncontrollably).  I think this is one of the benefits of participating in the challenges here on Bombshell stamps and in other places. If Kathi had not challenged us to this one - using only the icons / smaller stamps -  there is no way I would have never gone here and I would never have ended up making one of my favorite cards that continues to inspire me.

So maybe this is not so much a tutorial as it is a "food for thought" piece.

I hope you have a great day and a crafty weekend, and please remember to send out good thoughts and vibes to Bombshell Cheryl and her friends at China Phoenix 2.

After adhering them together I wrote Be Happy on the banner and mounted it to the white cardstock with the lacey border cut with MS punch around the page.


  1. So glad to have given you a challenge that worked so well for you.

    This is one of my favorites from your Bombshell work. I'm happy to see it again since it's so very fantastic.

  2. This is so cool! This gives me some good ideas!:)

  3. What an awesome looking card!

  4. Alaine, this card is gorgeous! I love the big impact you achieved with the tiny accessory stamps. Wonderful!

    Thanks for subbing, lady ;D You're a lifesaver! Hugz, Cheryl

  5. This is gorgeous!! Thank you for so many wonderful ideas!!!

  6. This is GoRgEoUs!!! I mean...WOW. I love this so much I'm gonna totally C.A.S.E. it. Imitation is, as they say, the most sincere form of flattery, right? So lovely. Really.