Happy Mother's Day to everyone who is celebrating! Since this seemed like an especially good day for a beautiful female image... or flowers... (or both!) I've used Hero Arts Flower Power Layering Stamps and Die Bundle to make two fun and colorful cards.
It sounds ridiculous to say, "I decided not to use the brilliant color-layering aspect of these Hero Arts stamps"; but in fact, that is the truth! Seeing as our friend Stephanie has already done two entirely amazing blog posts that show off the color layering aspects (Hero Arts Flower Power and Layered Flower Power) I decided to paper-piece my cards instead. I used the coordinating Hero Arts Framecut die to cut out the hair. For the faces, I stamped the solid image on the BACK of the paper, carefully cut out the face with scissors, then flipped it over and stamped the features on with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I added detail with very sharp colored pencils and then affixed the face to the hair with a scant amount of Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.
For my first card, I decided to go slimline, so I could have all of the scripty words floating in clouds above the beautiful lady's head, some of them mounted on double-sided foam adhesivefor extra dimension. I made a background of dictionary paper and cheated very slightly by diecutting the hair from an ancient scrap of colorful text paper I found in my stash; but this look could easily be re-created using your favorite background stamp, or by arranging several sentiments on a stamp platform to make a word collage.
For the second card, I used the outline flower layer stamp on bold yellow paper, colored the blooms with colored pencils, and added a bunch of Eyelet Outlet Pastel Flower Eyelets with my Crop-A-Dile. I filled in with a few self-adhesive pearls and made a sentiment with my old-school labelmaker.
I hope you'll be inspired to "think outside the box" when it comes to using your stamps and dies; but be sure to check out Stephanie's first and second sets of cards using this lovely Hero Arts Flower Power set, too! PS: Flower Power is also available without the die, as a stand-alone stamp set!
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