Spellbinders Guest Designer: Inked Messages Stamp & Die Sets #1

Hi Crafty Friends!

 I am so super excited to be a guest designer for Spellbinders this month! 
I hope you will enjoy seeing my card creations over the coming week!
I will be sharing three creative posts as part of my guest role & they all feature the gorgeous
For my first post today, I am focusing on two fabulous stamp & die sets,

SDS-136 Rough Waters Stamp & Die Set 

Rough Waters Stamp and Die Set Inked Messages Collection by Stephanie Low

SDS-138 Grow Newer With Me Stamp & Die Set

Grow Newer With Me Stamp and Die Set Inked Messages Collection by Stephanie Low

I just love encouragement 'hang in there' cards so it was only natural that the first cards I created were from the Rough Waters Set.......

Oh aren't they pretty?!! 
The 'calm seas' sentiment combined with that fabulous anchor stamp immediately inspired the waved design, and a sense of being in the ocean. 
For both cards, I use black permanent ink to stamp my images, & then fill them using colored pencils. I don't use any particular techniques when coloring, but I am thoughtful with shadow & tone. I use the corresponding dies and my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting & Embossing Machine to precisely cut the images. 
I would like to mention that they cut like butter in only one pass! Perfection!
 Here's a closer look at each card....

This card is 5" x 7" and is made with pattern paper. 
To keep with my feminine style, and to soften the anchor image, I layer my waved pattern paper with clear vellum. I also include the floral stamp from this set, using it to layer both my sentiment & anchor onto. Florals always add gentleness, and create a more delicate 'feel'.
Both my sentiment & anchor are applied with thick foam tape. This adds dimension to the card, and also ensures that they remain the focal points too!
Between the layers you'll also spy some white tangled threads. 
I love the inclusion of textiles, and these threads add both texture and interest. 

The attention to tonal detail really creates beautifully colored images.

I darken the colors in the shadow lines of the anchor to add more depth and definition to the stamped image.
A stitched trim & a few white Nuvo Drops complete this pretty, nautical themed, encouragement card! 

 The second card is 5" x 5" and makes for a sweet lil encouragement note!

For this card, I use a combination of the wave pattern paper & white cardstock. To draw attention the anchor 'bobbing' in the ocean, I cut the pattern paper along the wave line and mount it to the cardstock on the front of the card with thick foam tape. With no flowers to soften this anchor, I decide to color it with warmer tones. I use shades of brown instead of  the cool steel gray. I position tangled white threads beneath the anchor, and then attach the anchor with thick foam tape too! The sentiment is also mounted with foam tape. Lots of dimension for this tiny notelet! 
For finishing touches, I use the white Nuvo Drops, as well as a few watercolor droplets in blue. 
Beautiful cards to support a friend in troubled times! 

My second set of cards today are created from the Grow Newer With Me Stamp & Die Set and are also very pretty....  

Sigh! Totally swooning over this sweet romantic card!
It is also a 5" x 5" note card, and I have stamped the blooms in both the top right and bottom left corners of the white watercolor paper base. I used permanent black ink, so that I could watercolor the images without fear of bleeding. For the leaves I use three different shades of green, and blend them just a little. I use two pink colors for the blooms, and then a pale blue for the background. I stamp & die cut my sentiment, and apply it with foam dots between the two blooms. Tangled threads, enamel dots & tiny pom pom trim complete the card front. 

So super pretty! I loved this set so much I whipped up another using both colored pencils and shimmering paint.....


Spellbinders Supplies: 

Other Supplies: 

Permanent Black Stamping Ink, Scrapbook Pattern Paper, White Cardstock, Nuvo Drops, Enamel Dots, Cotton Thread, Ribbon, Sparklets, Coloring Pencils, Watercolor Paints & Foam Tape. 

I hope my cards have inspired you to try these fabulous new release Stamp & Die Sets! 
Thanks so much for visiting! 
Remember to stop by soon to see more of my creations with the Inked Messages collection!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

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