Hello! I'm popping in with a couple of cards that I made using a fun background stamp called XOXO Background! You can check out the entire new release here. (This link is not an affiliate link.) The first card was inspired by a card that Debby Hughes shared on the Simon Says Stamp blog a few days ago. I always forget about the tone on tone stamping that watermark ink provides and how you can intensify the color by heat embossing the image in clear ink and then using the resist technique. Debby's amazing card reminded me of that and so I decided to do my version. I stamped the background on red cardstock with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder from Tsukinko. I then used my favorite red ink, Cherry Cobbler from Stampin Up!, to do some ink blending over the red cardstock. Cherry Cobbler is a very rich, deep ink color and I love the way it deepened the lighter red cardstock. Once that was done I die cut the panel with the largest Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle die. I then used the SSS/CZ Designs Chunky Love You die to cut white cardstock several times. I kept all the pieces together except those few interior pieces and adhered the layers together on the shadow image that I cut from a medium gray cardstock. The die cut was then adhered to the center of the card on an angle. To finish I added little hearts that I die cut with a SSS die set that is no longer available to the centers of the O in each word. The hearts were then covered in Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew. Love how this card turned out! Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of layer it up.
I think the second card is rather fun and playful. I decided to cut strips of cardstock in blue and green and adhered them to some thin white cardstock at an angle. I then trimmed off the overhang and stamped the panel with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder from Tsukineko. This panel was also die cut with the Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle die. I then die cut a heart using the solid heart from the SSS Deco Heart die set from pink cardstock. The heart was then adhered to the panel. I die cut the SSS I Adore You die set from white cardstock three times, adhered all the layers and then adhered the sentiment to the heart. I used the colors from Color Throwdown so I will be posting this there, as well as at CAS(E) this Sketch. So sad that CTS is shutting down, but I totally understand why Chrissy felt it was the right thing for her to do!