Lovely Layers – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Lovely Layers Technique Blog Hop, where we will be featuring a multitude of layering techniques using Close to My Heart products. LayersBlogHop-misscarriescreations.jpg Whether it be paper, stamped images, embellishments, or stickers, you will be inspired by all the consultants in this week’s blog hop.  If you have come here from Catherine Nowak’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

I am one who enjoys layering all sorts of images, textures, embellishments, and papers on both my cards and my own personal layouts. For this week’s blog hop, I have created a layout that takes advantage of these beautifully stamped images and plan to show you how to use Complements and Thin Cuts as additional layers on your projects.

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There is an art to layering multiple pieces and a balance that needs to be achieved or your project will look cluttered. Whenever I begin layering, I always make sure I have a Visual Triangleto help me achieve that balance.  Let’s take a look at a few elements on my layout and you will begin to understand what I mean.

 

On these pages, I used the Love Blossoms stamp set to create three sets of stamped flowers for the layout. These are each shaded in the same manner and placed in a Visual Triangle onto the layout. To add an additional layer to the images, I stamped some extra flowers, cut them out, and popped them off the page using 3D Foam Tape.

 

Along side each of these flowers are some complements from the Feels Like Home collection. Each sapphire embellishment was put into place to form another triangle with the Mix-In paper border at the base of the page. If you take a closer look, you will notice that the hearts form yet another triangle with the heart shaped cactus.

 

As I was adding the final layers to this layout I wanted a way to focus on the story. Since part of the tale revolved around the roses, I layered some Rectangle Frames onto the page to draw your eye to the places where I wanted you to focus.  Do you see another triangle formed with these white elements?

 

Side Note: My story was typed onto vellum which was layered atop an embossed piece of Peach cardstock that was inked before embossing. I always like adding an element of texture to my projects.

I finished off the layout by adding some Silver Thread and Gems to reflect our celebrating 25 years together. I hope that this layout has inspired you to try something new and attempt some new layering techniques.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Love Blossoms stamp set is only available, while supplies last, until February 28th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to order your kit.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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February SOTM Blog Hop – Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to the Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. Blog Badge.jpgIf you have come here from Lauren Moore’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas using our beautiful Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

When I first spied this stamp set, it reminded me of an old world tattoo like the ones you often see on faded vintage posters advertising to military personnel. That vision is what inspired my card for this blog hop.

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I backed my sentiment with Gold Foil and Red Glitter paper to add to that vintage feel.  This month’s, Heartfelt Sentiments stamp of the month defiantly has an old-world feel and is full of possibilities.

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Now ‘Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set is only available until February 28th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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