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CTMH January SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | December 31, 2012

CTMH’s January Stamp of the Month: Happy Valentine’s is a beautifully detailed set, complete with gorgeous roses that can be used for many other occasions.

I’ve been sick with a bad cold…or maybe the flu…I chose to create something simple.  The roses are embossed and then colored with tinted Create-A-Shade Paint for a soft, elegant feel with a bit of shimmer.


Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful stamp set. If you arrived here from Cecilia’s blog you’re on the right path.

Materials for Yellow & Blue Card:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created. 

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Tip: When embossing, handle your papers as little as possible to prevent oils from your hands from getting on the paper…otherwise, embossing powder will stick to those areas…where you don’t want it.

Tip: Use either an embossing buddy…or…put cornstarch in a paper towel and secure with a rubber band – then gently pounce this on the top of the card before stamping.  This will help keep embossing powder from sticking where it’s not wanted.

Ink the large rose stamp with Versamark Ink and stamp it positioned off the edge of the card.  Cover the image with Black Embossing Powder, shaking off excess and then using a Craft Heater to heat set the image.  Tip: Using a piece of folded paper under your card allows you to collect all the excess embossing powder & put it back in the jar for later use.

Using Ruby ink, stamp Smitten on the card front.

Using Black ink, stamp the sentiment below Smitten.

You’ll need a “palette” – this can be an old CD, a piece of plastic, a styrofoam meat tray or even an acrylic block.

Rub the Ruby ink pad on the palette to lay down an ink puddle.  Spritz the ink puddle with a water mister.  Tip: One of the Spray Pens works great and provides a fine mist for control.  Use a paint brush to pick up a tiny bit of Create-A-Shade Paint and mix it in with the ink & water.  Use this to paint the roses.  Tip: It’s easy to ADD more color & make it darker…start light & add as you go.

Repeat this process using New England Ivy to paint the leaves.

And voila…the finished card.

Now “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created.

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Topics: Happy Valentine S1301 | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “CTMH January SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Judy Faye Garner Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Great card and love the roses, thanks for the great tutorial.

  2. Wendy Coffman Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    The pearl paint makes them so soft and pretty!

  3. Lori Brown Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    love the pearl paint!!

  4. CC Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Love this card!!

  5. Haley D. Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Such a pretty card!

  6. Tamra Pope Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Very elegant.

  7. Traci Pasqualone Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 1:37 pm


  8. Michelle Jones Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I love the subtle coloring. Hope you get feeling better soon!

  9. Adeline Brill Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I have decided that I like this stamp set plain and simple. Your card is a beautiful example of the style.

  10. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    OMG Helen, I love how gorgeous this card turned out. The Ruby is such a perfect touch!!

  11. Karen Clark Says:
    January 28th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    LOVE your cards and your blog!!!!