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CTMH July SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | June 30, 2013

Succulent peaches, tasty cherries and yummy artwork – that’s what you’ll have when you mix your creativity with CTMH’s July Stamp of the Month, the Sweet Life.  With a pencil, hand-drawn feel, these images are perfect for a variety of coloring techniques from markers, watercolors, pencils, chalks and more.  Or…emboss them in a silver or gold for an elegant feel.


I know this is a set I’ll use over and over again, so…I went ahead and cut a stencil (or mask) for the image.  I like to keep the stencil in the stamp set, so it’s always at hand when I go to use the stamp set.

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 Jean’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. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.


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July Stamp of the Month: Sweet Life

Order the July Stamp of the Month at full price…or get it for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  Did you know that CTMH puts up the instructions to create the artwork shown below (the same that’s shown in the Idea Book for the SOTM)?  Yep!  You’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through July 2014!

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Cut a 4.25″ x 10″ piece of Champagne cardstock for the side-fold card base.  Tip: If you hold the paper in the center on one finger, you’ll see which way the paper bends easily…and thus, the direction where it will fold easier too!

Cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Olive cardstock.

I wanted a piece of paper with just leaves on it…okay, leaves and tiny flower buds…and using just part of the image does the trick.

Stamp the image on a piece of scrap paper and then cut around the section you want to block out.  Or…just take a piece of scrap paper and tear a gentle arc…that’s all I did.  Tip: Test on scrap paper to make sure you’re only getting the portion of the image you want.

Start in a corner and work across the paper.  Tip: Turn the stamp so the images go in different directions.  This makes it look like paper that you’d purchase – voila!  You’ve made your own patterned paper.

Gently tear the edges.  Tip: If you tear the paper toward you (from back to front), you’ll reveal the white inner core of the cardstock.  If you tear away from you (from front to back), the white core will not show.

Using a Sponge Dauber and Champagne ink, distress the torn edges of the Olive cardstock.

To color an image using a stencil:

  1. Stamp the image on a piece of scrap cardstock.
  2. Use a craft knife and the Versamat (or self-healing cutting mat), to cut out the portions of the image you want to color.  Tip: Cut out the leaf to the left of the buds as one leaf.  Save so you can use as a mask for adding a shadow under the leaf.
  3. Stamp the image on your cardstock.  I stamped the image in Saddle on a scrap of Colonial White (finished size 3.25″ x 3″).
  4. Place the stencil over the stamped image.
  5. Using Sponge Daubers and a feather light touch…add color to the image.  Tip: Start with light color…it’s easy to ADD more color if you need it.  Tip: Use a piece of scrap paper to mask off any parts of the stencil that may accidentally get color from a nearby area – for example, cover the peach when coloring the branch.

For this image:

  • Color the leaves in with Olive ink.  To get the “shadow” where the two leaves overlap, just put the leaf you cut out separate back into place and use it as a mask to add more color along the edge.
  • For the peach, start with a base of Honey ink.  Add Smoothie along the edges.  Add Sunset, pulling it into the peach a bit further.  Then, add a hint of Ruby.
  • For the buds, start with a base of Honey ink.  Add a bit of Smoothie & Sunset.
  • Use Saddle ink for the branch.


Use the Edge Distresser to rough up the edges of the Colonial White cardstock stamped with the peach.  Using a Sponge Dauber and Saddle ink, distress the edges.

Cut a 1.25″ x 4.25″ piece of Saddle cardstock.  Use a sentiment of your choice and Saddle ink to create your own patterned paper.  I chose the Friendship saying.  Wrap with a piece of Sunset Baker’s Twine.  Tip: To make my Baker’s Twine go further, think 3 small strips of Baker’s Twine tucked under the edge by 1″ versus completely wrapping behind the piece.

Add the bow, tying around the 3 strands.  Tip: Tie the bow at the end of the Baker’s Twine, leaving the end attached to the spool…this way, you can adjust the length and cut only what you need.

Add the stamped peach, tucking the edge under the Saddle cardstock.

Add two small Durable Square Studs and voila!

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

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Topics: Sweet Life S1307 | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “CTMH July SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Nancy Says:
    June 30th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I love what you did with the green paper!

  2. Lori Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Just lovely!

  3. Jean McNulty Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 1:21 am


  4. Susan B Says:
    July 2nd, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Love the background stamping. Great details!

  5. Hansi Says:
    July 2nd, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Beautiful! I love your tutorials explaining how you make your cards.

  6. Lynn Darda Says:
    July 3rd, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Great tutorial. I love the olive leaves on the green.

  7. Haley D. Says:
    July 5th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    So sweet! I always enjoy your tutorials.

  8. Mildred Sue Hoback Says:
    July 7th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Love your card. Like how you made your background.

  9. Sheila Bennett Says:
    July 9th, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Great masking. Love the rustic look of the card.