Hello Beautiful Release Blog Hop-Day 1

Hello, crafty friends. I’m thrilled to be part of THIS blog hop celebrating THIS new release. I have three cards to share today featuring my favorite stamp set from the release…

I wanted to share several ways to use one stamp set. When I get a new stamp set and I’m not sure what creative direction I’m going in, I like to start by stamping all the images and using the coordinating dies to cut them out. I did that with today’s project and stamped THESE adorable narwhal images and used THESE coordinating dies to cut them out. Then I add some color. I chose to color these images with Copic Markers. I use my coloring as a jumping off point for the design.

For the first card…

I masked off the areas around the center to create a focal point. I ink blended three shades of blue Distress ink and spritzed some water on top to create some texture. Once dry, I ran it through my die-cut machine with THIS die. It doesn’t cut anything but pierces a pattern into the design. I added the narwhal image using one of THESE mini action wobblers as well as a white heat embossed sentiment from the stamp set. I used a black glaze pen to the eyes to make them stand out more.

Here’s a closer look…

For the second card…

I started by creating a background using the small star images from the stamp set. I added a bit of coloring to some but kept it tone on tone so it wasn’t too distracting. I die-cut THIS rainbow heart and added it to the card along with a different narwhal image, some sentiments, and some more stamped stars. I also added sparkle with a shimmer pen to the rainbow.

Here’s a closer look…

For the last card…

I die-cut THESE strips using colored card stock and adhered them to a panel to create a background. I die-cut THIS scalloped piece twice. I ink blended towards the bottom of one of the pieces and applied some shimmer spitz for texture. I added the narwhal piece as well as a balloon die-cut where I stamped the first part of the sentiment.

I adhered one of the scallop pieces directly to the striped background and the other one I scored at the top and adhered it to the back of the striped piece to create a hinge for the piece to open. I stamped another sentiment on the inside as well as a matching narwhal to tie everything together…

Creating a simple interactive element using your shaped dies is a great way to stretch your supplies.

There is much more inspiration to see. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here’s the complete hop list…

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Amy Rysavy

Yana Smakula

Heather Ruwe

Lisa Addesa

Suzy Plantamura

Sidnie Des Jardins

Cheiron Brandon

Barb Engler

Lea Lawson

Kathy Racoosin

Jo Nevill

Looking for even more inspiration using this release? I shared another project HERE

and HERE

I also have a few more projects featuring this release that I haven’t blogged about yet. Here are some sneak peeks of those projects…

Mini Slimline Envelope…

Spring Birds Stamp Set, Botanical Split Background Stamp, Chunky A2 Scalloped Rectangles…

Bunny Blessings Stamp Set, Carrot Wafer Die…

Our Home Stamp Set, Welcoming Stamp Set…

Sketch Iris Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies, Reverse Easter Wishes Sentiment Strips…

Simon is so generous and giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop so be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win. Simon Says Stamp will announce winners on their blog on Wednesday. Good luck!

Wait, there’s more…

Use the code RSE542 to receive a FREE Rose Trio Stencil with any purchase. Valid while supplies last or until 2/28 at 11:59 EST.

I’ve linked to the entire Hello Beautiful Release below as well as supplies used on today’s cards.

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I appreciate the time you spend here.

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  1. Karen Schroeder
    March 26, 2021

    So cute…love them!

  2. Ivana
    March 2, 2021

    These are so adorable!!!

  3. Denise K
    March 2, 2021

    thought I left a comment but I don’t see it – so if this is a duplicate I apologize! I love the coloring on the narwhals..and the carrot pull tab is just the best!! Love your cards!!

  4. Denise K
    March 2, 2021

    absolutely love all your card designs here. Your coloring is so gorgeous! – The carrot pull tab is the icing on that card 🙂

  5. tina z
    March 2, 2021

    sooo cute!

  6. Judi Knecht
    March 2, 2021

    Your use of the narwhals is simply adorable. Great colored backgrounds. Thank you for sharing your art.

  7. Sue D
    March 1, 2021

    Fun set of whale cards. I like the other cards too.

  8. Daryl Leigh Anthony
    March 1, 2021

    So many amazing cards! I adore the Narwhal cards especially with that rainbow swirl tusk!

  9. melissa ann reynolds
    March 1, 2021

    those bunnies with the carrots!

  10. Gail Spresser
    March 1, 2021

    All the cards you made from this release are wonderful. Cute Narwhals. Thank you.

  11. Cathy Lillie
    February 28, 2021

    Adorable cards and narwhals! They’re all so sweet and colorful, it’s hard to choose a favorite.

  12. Angie D Cammack
    February 28, 2021

    Wow, Heather, you have outdone yourself! These are just darling!!! Great job!! 🙂


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