HSS Inspired By Nature Challenge #59

Good Morning Stampers!!  We have another FUN challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments, anything Inspired By Nature.  Your options are limitless and now let the creativity begin. :-)
Here is what I was inspired to create- I LOVE this stamp set and think the Asian flair is just nature through and through.  I have used this set for SO MANY cards and I can’t seem to get enough of this set- I spare you the pain of seeing all my creations with this set.  Lets see exactly what I did for this card…
I used Black, Olive and Bashful Blue card stock and inks for this card.  Once I stamped and filled in my focal image I covered in the flower with Crystal Effects to give the flowers some height and texture.  I had to wait about 20-30 min for it to dry completely, I put it on a little too thick (and I have to admit that the first one I made the CE ran ALL OVER the place…) Here is a TIP: use Staz-On Ink for your focal image, the ink wont run when you apply the CE to the image.
For the background I used my Old Olive ink and stamped the leaf images and filled them in with the Certainly Celery Marker Ink to achieve that water color effect. I sponged the outer edges of the Bashful Blue background sheet and the oval shape of the sentiment, both with Olive Ink.  I couldn’t stop with the texture bit with just the Crystal Effects, so I heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.  I just love the way heat embossing finishes a card, don’t you?!

I know this is a simple card and I tend to lean toward more simple cards.  I think they pack more punch for me, but for some reason when I create cards for my classes I feel the need to make cards way too complicated and step intensive.  I need to stick to my gut feeling and Keep It Simple Stupid… :-)
Come on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and play along with this weeks challenge- we can’t wait to see what you create and share with us- Head on over NOW :-)
I hope you enjoyed this weeks project, I did want to share that I finished my deck- and it looks awesome!  I will share photos later this week.  I have family in town and not a lot of time to spend on the computer right now- but stay tuned and you will see them before the end of the week. :)  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by and until next time~ TTFN


  1. Beautiful card Erin. I love the soft colors!

  2. Beautiful card! So pretty and delicate, Erin!

  3. This is simple, Erin but SO stunning! The soft colors look awesome and the Crystal Effects are the perfect touch. Great tip about the Staz-On, too…am I the only one who loves the way that stamp pad smells? Lol! It has a very “almond” scent to it. Ok, moving on…great job this week, as always! :)

  4. What a clean and simple but elegant card Erin! Love it.


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