Pretty and Sweet Cards

It's confession time! Yes, I need to be honest with you. Are you ready for it?Well, I have always had a love affair with paper, but now I think I am falling in love with stamping!! I know, right!? All these years paper and I have been like peanut butter and jelly, but with Sweet Stamp Shop's newest release, I think I may be crushing on stamping more than paper!
Chalkboard Sign is one of the new releases at this month at Sweet Stamp Shop. While it has some fabulous images to create the newest trendy Chalkboard designs, you can use it in other pretty ways too! I took the banner stamp, and used it with the flowers, leaves and decorative border from Sweet Victoria to create a soft and pretty thank you card.  

Making straight lines can be tricky when you're stamping at a diagonal, so I found that layering strips of washi tape as a guide to make a straight edge is the perfect solution for creating perfectly even diagonal stamps. After you have stamped your image you can gently erase the lines. 
Here's another way to use Chalkboard Sign to create a non-chalkboard card. I heat embossed the sentiment banner in white, and then used the resist-emboss technique to create a pretty gradient. I added some vellum flower stickers from Amy Tangerine's Yes, Please collection to the corners to draw your eye towards the sentiment. And, of course--sequins.
For this next card I was inspired by the increasingly popular trend that's emerging in the paper crafting world, which first started in photography; bokeh. Bokeh is a technique where you can created a distorted, soft blurred look in your photos. It's gaining popularity as it makes it's way into more smartphone photo apps where you can choose it as a filter, or you find in scrapbooking paper lines. I was inspired by the colors and hearts in the photo above to make the card below.
This card was so easy to make, and I love how it turned out. I inked the edges of white cardstock to create a blurry soft background. I stamped the sentiment with the heart from the Kiss Me set and created the bokeh hearts by stamping the same heart multiple times after inking the stamp only once. Be careful though, a little bit of hearts are just right!
And, finally here's a fun and trendy card full of font happiness. I stamped "I find you" with Alpha Tabs, and then created a fun collage of words using Today Was. I added some paper from Studio Calico's newest line, Sundrifter.
I wanted to stamp the Alpha Tabs in a straight line, so I turned to my trusted washi tape, and adhered it to the card. I used the tape as a guide to help me stamp the individual tabs. Washi tape is a glorious invention. Not only is it pretty, it's so totally useful. No more erasing pencil lines, or ripping off paper bits like painter's tape can so often do.

What do you think? What's your favorite Sweet Stamp Shop release this month? 

Make sure to stop by tomorrow for my first monthly guest designer post from Kelley Eubanks! You're going to love her clean and simple style!

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