Flamingo in the Tropics

Hi All,

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. It’s crazy hot here today in Colorado. I’d thought that the forecast had called for some cooler weather, but it was in the 90’s again today. I’m so ready for fall!

I’m here to share a very special card today that I made for my husband’s Aunt Jo. We found out a few weeks ago that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she underwent surgery earlier this month. We were told that she loves pink flamingos and so I knew I had the perfect stamp set to create a card to help cheer her on her road to recovery.

Hero Arts makes some amazing stamps, but I’m in love, love, love with their layering stamp sets. They really make it easy to create some amazing cards with these stamps – even if you think you have zero talent.

My card today features the Layering Flamingo.

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To create this card, I think I must have pulled out all of the bright pink and orange, yellow and magenta colored inks I had in my collection, but I really think it turned out beautifully.

First off I started by cutting down a peice of Nenah Solar White cardstock so that it would fit in my Misti tool. Since I’ve discovered the layering stamps, I’ve been using my Misti more and more and I love it.

Once I had my cardstock positioned, I used my lightest color of pink ink and positioned and stamped the first layer. I reinked and stamped again. The ink does saturate the paper but it takes a couple of rounds to get a clean impression.

Then I positioned my second layer of the stamp and inked and stamped it over the first layer using a mid-tone pink color, again stamping twice to get a clean impression.

For the third and final layer I used the darkest pink color which provided the contrast in the image. I inked and stamped that layer twice and then I went over it again with a white ink which is a bit thicker and gave it a cool sort of texture, kind of like feathers and toned down my darkest pink.

Once I was happy with the body of the flamingo, I used the matching Hero Arts die and die cut it out. I learned from some other crafters that it’s best to cut out the body first before stamping the legs on. This makes sure that you’re die cut alignment is correct, otherwise stamping the legs first you might cut off part of the foot.

The legs were really easy to stamp in once I’d finished die cutting. I did use my Misti once again just so that I’d be able to use the super strong magnets that come with it to hold the little flamingo in place while I stamped his legs. It turned out great.

Next, I swatched some colors from magenta to orange to figure out what blended well together. When I’d figured out my color combination, I was able to die cut another peice of Neenah Solar White cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and I used a sponge in circular motion with my various ink colors to build a sunset starting with my darkest magenta ink at the bottom and working through my mid tone and lighter color pinks and into my cantelope and orange colors and finally into a nice bright yellow. The effect is so cool and so bright and pretty.

Since I was creating a beach scene with my card, I used my Lawn Fawn, Stitched Hillside borders die to and cut a piece of sand colored cardstock.

I knew I’d be stamping the tall grasses from the Hero Arts Layered Flamingo stamp set in black to create some shadows, so I positioned my sandy hillside on the front of my sponged background and lightly drew a pencil line so that I’d know where to position my grasses.

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Once I had a pencil line as a guide I was able to stamp the grass in black so that it would appear to be in the background. I used an eraser to remove any remaining visible pencil lines.

To assemble my card, I used some dimensional foam to adhere the sandy hillside to my background.

Next, I glued on some brightly colored pearl centered flowers and carefully positioned my flamingo to the right a bit. I added some dimensional foam to the back of the flamingo as well and adhered it in place.

I stamped my sentiment “Hello Gorgeous” onto my sunset background and heat embossed it with some black embossing powder.

Finally, I added a layer of black cardstock with a small scallped edge that I’d die cut and glued the entire peice down to some Sand Colored cardstock.

I added a couple of yellow droplets for some bling to the front of the card.

Inside the sentiment reads, “Stand Tall Darling”.

I hope my card brings a smile to her face and gives her something beautiful to focus on for her journey to recovery.

We love Aunt Jo and we’re sending her lots of hugs, prayers and good vibes!!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!