Thursday, 7 January 2016

Blossoming Hearts...

Happy Thursday,

Another change of pace from yesterdays multi die cut card to something simpler today!  This card is based on the stamped and coloured image that has been sitting in my bits box for quite a while!

I stamped the blossoming heart stamp to die for with jet black archival ink onto a scrap piece of coconut white foundation card.  Next I coloured it in using some CS dazzle paints that give a great feeling of dimension as well as a little bit of shine to your coloured images.  The stamp has been drawn so hat the flowers fill the heart form the Heat of Hearts die perfectly as soon as I saw this stamp I knew Sue had come up with a winner!

Next I cut an aperture for the stamped image in Amethyst foundation card using the smallest plain heart in the set.  I then cut the larger plain heart in coconut white and cut this piece to a rectangle.  I foam mounted this above the amethyst layers and cut this layer with a thin border to make the focus point.

For the remainder of the card I simply embossed a larger rectangle of white using the quilted circles A4 pinpoint embossing folder and rubbed a little of Phill Martin's decadent Grape gilding wax over the raised are before shining it up with a dry wet wipe.

I added a few layers of the amethyst and coconut white as well a double bow made using the thin double sided sating ribbon form Creative Expressions in white and amethyst with an 8mm stick on pearl in the centre to hide the knot.

Card Size: 18 x 21 cm
Colours: Amethyst & Coconut white
Dies: Double pierced rectangles, Heart of Hearts
Stamps: Blossoming Hearts stamps to die for
Cosmic Shimmer: Mixed Dazzle paints



  1. Morning John, a gorgeous card and I love the bows made with the narrow ribbon.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi John.
    A beautiful card Thank you, as Nancyd say's a very pretty bow.
    Take care Kitty.

  3. Morning John, a lovely card today to brighten us up, it is bucketting down here in Kent, only the ducks are please.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  4. beautiful card and a very pretty bow.

  5. Happy New Year John. I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Sorry that I haven't been commenting for a while but life has been hectic. I have had a lovely time catching up on all of the beautiful cards you have shown, both on here and on your shows on Hochanda : )
    Today's card is lovely, I love tbe Amethyst card, such a gorgeous colour, and the stamped image is beautifully colourful. Take care x

  6. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the heart the stamp is amazing. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  7. Hi John, this card is really beautiful and bright, great for a wet and grey day. So the sentiment is very apt. Have a great day. Bx

  8. Gorgeous card & I'm not usually a fan of bows on cards but this one in thin ribbon is lovely.


  9. Lovely card. I like the simpler look.


  10. Beautiful - love the simplicity of the background that lets the framed image sing.

  11. Good morning John, I like it!!! It's very zingy!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  12. Good morning John. Love the simplicity and an apt sentiment.

  13. Nice card and a very pretty thin bow .
    Elaine H X

  14. Morning John, what a bright and colourful card today its lovely x

  15. Hi John very eye catching card today.Love the sentiment stamp. Gloria (Sidcup) xx

  16. Love the heart .... bless you

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  17. Eh up John
    Very pretty and beautifully layered.
    Certainly brightening this dull day.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  18. Hi John,
    Another lovely card today, i do like the couloirs you have used as well.
    I do like using the paints instead of the alcohol pens.
    No card making for me today, I have to finish sewing the craft bags I am making. One is almost finished just the lining to do, I've started quilting the pieces for the other bag and am hoping to get them done today so tomorrow I can get back to card making lol.
    Have a great day

  19. Good morning John could certainly do with a brighter day it's not yet really light and pouring with rain. Super stamp nice big areas to colour. Love from Jackie xx

  20. This is the type of card I love, John. Beautiful.

    Anne (Northampton)

  21. Hi John,
    Love this stamp set. Both in the range are so useful - on my shopping list for next month!
    Really pretty card .Anne M xxx

  22. Morning John,
    A lovely bright cheerful card, love it.

  23. Hi John gorgeous card today and the colours beautiful, just what I need to brighten a horrible morning thank you .

  24. Hello John, Lovely bright and cheery card - so pretty.
    Many thanks,
    Sue Mac

  25. I certainly did that John. The card is beautiful, simple but striking.
    Hugs, Rose

  26. Hi John,
    This is so vibrant, I love it!
    Love Nancy xx

  27. Love today's card, stamping and die cutting are a marriage made in heaven. Love the colour combination too.
    I must get on and do something so bye for now.
    Wishing good things to all xxx

  28. Beautiful card today John. Love the colours. Just what I would use.

  29. Love this one.... Perfect for a February birthday ;-)

  30. Hello John

    Another gorgeous card today. Love the mix of amethyst and coconut white.

    I think the sentiment is so lovely and such a useful one for many occasions.

    Lol Barbara W xx

  31. Hi John,

    What an appropriate sentiment for today, such a dismal, damp and windy day. Love the card, such a lovely stamp and great colour choice. Thank you


  32. Hi John,
    Gorgeous card, I love the flower stamp and the heart of hearts die set. They're next on my list, well for today anyway.
    Thanks for sharing,

  33. Hi John Lovely card and a great sentiment especially as today is really dull and miserable. Love your colour combination.

  34. Hi John Lovely card and a great sentiment especially as today is really dull and miserable. Love your colour combination.

  35. Hi John,
    This is extra special! I love the stamp and how it nestles into the heart die so perfectly. Definitely a winner! and your colour choice is spot on.
    Lorna D

  36. Wow this is so pretty, I have to get myself the stamp now I have the die.
    This is going to be a real winner and I love it.

  37. It's beautiful I love it all the colours the layers the stamp

  38. Hi John, this is amazing! I love the stamped imaged and the colouring. I love the quilted circles pinpoint EF, it just gives it that bit of texture and that with the Amethyst card is a wow! Beautiful John, thank you xx Love Karen xx