Stamp Focus: Reason to Smile

by May Sukyong Park

Altenew ReasonToSmile Feb2 1Hello, Altenew friends! Norine here with you today with three cards that feature the lovely Reason to Smile Stamp Set. There are so many thoughtful, meaningful and important-to-hear sentiments in this stamp set, and even better, because of the way they are individually designed and cut, you can express countless different combinations of thoughts and feelings! The cards I'm showing you today are super simple and easy to do and allow the sentiments to take center stage!

Altenew ReasonToSmile Feb2 2 1Let's begin with the watercolored card. I stamped a variety of words and phrases that accompany the “you are” sentiment by arranging them loosely around the main phrase. Because I was stamping onto heavily textured watercolor paper, I made sure to use a stamping tool so I could re-stamp the words multiple times if necessary.

Altenew ReasonToSmile Feb2 3Once the words were stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder, I painted overtop that part of the card front, with just one of the colors in the Watercolor 36 Pan Set – Coral Berry. I painted it and let it dry a few times to achieve the look of multiple tones and layers of the painted color.

Altenew ReasonToSmile Feb2 4With each of today's cards, I left them very clean and unadorned in order to let the sentiments have their moment.

Altenew ReasonToSmile Feb2 5The second card might be my favorite! I die cut four layers of cardstock die-cut using the Floral Heart Frame Die and adhered them together to create a beautiful and substantial heart element on this card.

Altenew ReasonToSmile Feb2 7Using the negative space of one of the cardstock die-cuts, plus a little extra masking paper, I inked the edges of the heart with Velvet Ink and a foam applicator. Then I laid the stacked Floral Heart Frame Die onto the inked heart on the card panel.

Altenew ReasonToSmile Feb2 6I love how the inked heart shape makes it look “shadowy” behind the heart die-cut. Next, I stamped another of the sentiment combos from the Reason to Smile Stamp Set onto the top piece of 2 layers of vellum. I was pleased to discover the trick of layering two pieces of vellum on top of each other to, first, create a slightly less transparent vellum and, second, to better hide the glue behind.

Altenew ReasonToSmile HandpickedBouquet 2The last card in this set combines more of the various sentiments in the Reason to Smile Stamp Set, with the outline image from the Handpicked Bouquet Stamp Set. I stamped everything with clear embossing ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Then I colored the shadows of the leaves and blooms with the Coral Berry Artist Marker.

Altenew ReasonToSmile Handpicked Bouquet 4Once again, I left off any additional embellishments in order to accomplish this clean and simple, yet very striking encouragement card!

Altenew ReasonToSmile HandpickedBouquet 3I hope you enjoyed today's cards and are inspired to try some cards where the sentiment is the focal point! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Mary W February 16, 2019 - 10:12 AM

These are just wonderful – perfect for encouragement!

Tricia Podmore February 16, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Norine, beautiful cards, especially the sentiments. Really neat how you did the heart. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and for inspiring us. Tricia Podmore

Michele F February 16, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Norine I love your sweet, encouraging cards… and LOve this peach, beautifully textured cardstock… can you tell me a little more about it? thank you!

Pooja February 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Beautiful cards with pretty color !

Christina Betlock February 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Just lovely, Norine, and yes, what is that beautiful textured card stock?

Norine Borys February 16, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Thank you ladies! For the ones who are wondering about the card stock, I THINK it might be from an old paper pad from DCWV – but I can’t be absolutely sure, as I pulled it from my stash of cut offs from the old days of scrapbooking. Sorry, hope that helps??

Linda Huffman February 16, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Love these Altenew sets but love the techniques you’ve used. Beautiful!

Greta H February 16, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Gorgeous work! I’m especially drawn to the last card–know someone it’d be perfect for!

Viveca V. February 16, 2019 - 12:32 PM

You created a lovely trio of cards. The coral is such a beautiful color.
The sentiments are well placed.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Henriëtte February 16, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Gorgeous cards Norine, I love them all three! The colour you choose today is one of my favorites, you can always use it. Thank you fo sharing and have a great weekend.

Maureen Reiss February 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

These are Gorgeous!! I love the floral card!!

Helen February 16, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Truly beautiful cards. tfs

Janice Woll February 17, 2019 - 1:43 AM

What is the trick to layering vellum? Love the cards!

Norine Borys February 18, 2019 - 2:35 AM

Thanks Janice! To layer vellum, the trick is to use adhesive all over. With vellum being so transparent you can see the contrast between where the adhesive is and where it isn’t, so if you smear liquid glue all over and adhere two pieces of vellum that way, you won’t see the adhesive once it dries. Then you can stamp and cut the doubled up papers as desired. Hope that makes sense?

Karen Parker February 17, 2019 - 6:05 AM

Very elegant cards; clean design. Thanks for sharing!

Beverly Jordan February 18, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Love your soft tones and gorgeous designs!

Annette Reed February 18, 2019 - 11:29 PM

These are beautiful! The simple designs are incredible and really let your sentiments shine. I love these!


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