I bought the Hero Arts Everything Flower background stamp when it was first released earlier this year. I was a little worried that it would be too similar to my Flower Bursts Pattern stamp but after playing with both quite a bit the last few months, I find they both have added a lot of different things to my cards.
For my Mother’s Day cards this year, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use the same background stamp in different ways. To control the growth in my scrap pile, I decided to use up my existing supplies. This first card really surprised me. I am always surprised at the creative process, especially when I use scraps. For example, I started quickly by embossing the stamp on the lavender card stock but then it took about 30 minutes to piece together the color scheme and colors. Something about the patterns and color combination makes me think of Japanese gift wrapping.
For this next card, I embossed the background stamp in white on top of some water color paper that was transformed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and my craft sheet. (You can learn more about my obsession with this technique here.) The grey-blue cardstock that frames the water color paper is such a beautiful color. Everything really poped against the white.
I used less conventional Mother’s Day sentiments on these cards because they really fit the notes I wrote inside. I’ve experienced many milestones the last few years and I really wanted to thank the ladies in my life for supporting and loving me all these years. I’m very blessed and grateful.
I first heard about Mama Elephant from a Two Peas In A Bucket newsletter. But I wasn’t really inspired to buy anything until I saw this blog post by Kristina Werner. She made a hysterically simple card using the Good Times set. I loved it so much that I tried to recreate Kristina’s card with my own stock of stuff. My best friend and I had a great laugh over the card’s sentiment.
It was difficult deciding which sets to purchase. They’re so versatile – at one point, I had 8 sets in my basket. But I decided to pace myself and settled on four sets. My order included So Breezy, Good Times, Believe in Magic, and Smitten. The customer service and shipping were superb – I received an email just a few hours after I ordered on a Thursday morning and the stamps arrived on Monday. (The stamps came from NY and I’m in the DC region). They came packaged in a bubble wrap envelope and wrapped in some paper sealed with a Mama Elephant sticker.
I love these sets and can’t wait for more to come out. The font combinations and cleverness of the sentiments makes it really easy to create simple cards that have a unique style. The details are excellent – look at how the finger gaps are even clearly articulated!
I’ve bought many stamp sets since last September (I call them start-up costs since I just started stamping last fall) and these sentiment sets are in a class of their own. A lot of my stamps are versatile in a nondescript way – they don’t compete but also don’t add very much style to my cards. I’m not sure how to describe it but these mama elephant stamps really seem to enhance cards with their wit and humor. I can’t wait to use all of them, especially the snow globe in the Believe in Magic set!
UPDATE May 10, 2013
A Project Life card using the So Breezy set and Hero Arts Shadow Inks (the boy is in Soft Stone).