Happy New Year my crafty friends! What is better than starting the New Year out with a blog hop for a new BAF set and the Candystripe Cosmos is absolutely gorgeous. I will admit, I had a hard time setting on what color I wanted to use for this set as I could just see it in so many color variations and the sentiments for the set are wonderful. I still have plans to use this set for a box set in the near future as well.
For today's project, I started with the Leaf Bed stencil from Altenew and and very lightly stenciled in on an 80 lb piece of white cardstock from Neenah with some silver stone crisp ink. I just wanted the stencil to be very soft and did not want it to take away from my flower. Next I took obsidian black ink from Altenew and stamped my fill image of my flower down on another piece of 80lb cardstock. For the petals I used Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious and Razzleberry. For my stem and leaf, I used Parrot, Grass Field and Just Green and finally for the center of my flower I used Honey Drizzle, Carmel Toffee and Paper Bag.
I used the die that came with my set to cut out my flower. Additionally, I stamped the "you are very Special" sentiment from the set and cut it out using one of the Trendy Circles dies. If you are every pondering what dies are among the essentials, I would consider this set along with the Sentiment Strips Die set. I use these two endlessly and you will definitely get your monies worth from them.
To bring this card together, I but my stenciled base down on a piece of Gina K Lavender cardstock and used foam tape to affix my flower and sentiment. I then affixed a few embellishments to my card front and I thought this polished my card off nicely. I confess I struggle with embellishments but I am trying to embrace them and so you may see more of them here in the near future. If you are looking for some good ones, I recommend going to Trinity Stamps, Honey Bee and Picket Fence as they have nice ones.
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