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. Shar Zar
    February 28, 2021

    Thank you for sharing your creativity. 5 stars.

  2. jamie
    February 28, 2021

    great cards!

  3. Kelsey Thomas
    February 28, 2021

    Those narwhals are the cutest!

  4. Dawn Tooley
    February 28, 2021

    Wow! All kinds of card inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lisa Achilles
    February 28, 2021

    So many cute cards. Bright and cheery. The narwhal is so cute.

  6. Sandra Baggarly
    February 28, 2021

    So many wonderful cards! I just love the spring birds and the split background stamps, they are my must haves.

  7. Mirella Rogan
    February 28, 2021

    Wow, you were busy having fun with all of these supplies! Lovely collection of cards, thanks for all the inspiration!

  8. Lori Spitzer
    February 28, 2021

    Golly, Heather! You gave all of us SO, SO many cards to admire! Wow! I love the marine-themed ones (swimming by to say/ whaley/ narwhal) … I love that cover plate die that pierces swirly waves. So cool. Your other beautiful cards — from the bunny blowing bubbles in both Bunny Kisses and the Easter card to the blue/white bird on the branch with the “missing you” sentiment — are also truly inspiring for all of us viewers.
    TFS your talent!
    Lori S in PA

  9. Cherry Robinson
    February 28, 2021

    Heather, ALL of your cards are fantastic. I especially love the baby cards. I have ordered the stroller so thank you for inspiring me. ❤️

  10. Natalie
    February 28, 2021

    And now I need a Narwhal stamp!! So cute!

  11. Patricia K Valker
    February 28, 2021

    Beautiful ideas. Thank you for the inspiration.

  12. Peggy D.
    February 28, 2021

    I like the use of the background die to make swirly waves!

  13. Megan N
    February 28, 2021

    Cutest narwhals ever! 🙂

  14. Maryann Scrapbooking
    February 28, 2021

    J’adore cette petite baleine et j’aime beaucoup les fonds de cartes qui ajoutent énormément de charme au sujet.
    Très belle série de cartes.

    I love this little whale and I really like the basemaps which add a lot of charm to the subject.
    Very nice series of cards.

  15. Paula Rough
    February 28, 2021

    Your cards are so bright and fun. TFS


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