Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Cherry Blossom Blog Hop at Club Scrap

Welcome to the April Blog Hop.  This month the Kit was Cherry Blossom and it is a beauty.  Before starting, some housekeeping.  You should have arrived from Cheryl or to start at the beginning, Click here!

This month I decided on not too complicated and hopefully simple.  To give a good punch, I added sparkle or shine or both.

Lets take a look at the line up.

Lets start with Card 1:

This is my favorite go to background.  It is easy and quick but needs a few tricks.

The first trick is to use some form of static reducing method on your card stock.  I just dump baby powder on my paper and knock off into the trash.

Then when I apply my stamping and embossing powder, I get nice clean images.

This was embossed with versa mark and white embossing powder.

Then using Distress oxide ink in Worn lipstick and Wilted Violets, and a blending tool colorized the paper.  Then I just sprayed droplets of water to set the and blend the ink, heat dried.  Cut it down to size and ready to move to the next step.  

Using a die, I cut the background die out of cardstock with score tape on one side,  Cut the detail die out of black and attached this to the score taped background die and added white micro glitter and burnished in.  Then using copics colored the glitter.  Very sparkly and is bold enough to stand out on that busy background.  

Here is another view showing the back ground better, there are sequins and a fan from the kit.  No sentiment on the front, the kimono needs to be the focus.  This was mounted on a purple mat (included in kit) and a white A2 card base, with black ribbon.  

Ok, now for Card 2:

Another very simple card.  White card base, A2 Size, top folded.  Mat is the soft cherry blossom paper from the kit.  Difficult to see here as very subtle.  Again the Kimono is the focus.

Stamped, heat embossed in clear and fussy cut out the images.  Now if you think I am a genius with scissors, I have to confess.  These were cut out with my Brother Scan N Cut.  Oh how I love that little machine.  Has made my life so much easier and saved me from scissor phobia, lol.

Next I colored them with Copics.  To get that linen/silk look, I used Nuvo Mousse to color in the white areas.  This gives a bit of gilding without overwhelming the image.  I tried coloring in the whole Kimono with copics, but it did not "feel right", this works.

All that was left was to mount this onto the card base, add the sentiment, and stickers of Cherry Blossom.   Happy Anniversary is stamped on the inside and more stickers finish it off.

Card 3:

This is the most stunning and again very simple, well it was once I figured out the details.

This view shows the glimmer back ground paper and the big flower.  The upper photo (at the beginning of the post) gives a better picture of the details.

Anyway.  I played with punches and dies and finally settled on these.

Cherry blossoms have 5 petals and that little notch.  I used the punch, and scissors to make the notch.  Used a stylus to curl the petals, glued down and then added a sticker to the center.  Voila! Cherry Blossoms.  The big die was used for the single large flower at the front, cut out  a stamen and added a very small sticker to the center.    The branch was created by using the digital file from Club Scrap and cutting it out with my Brother Scan n Cut.

All was placed on a 5X7 card base in white, with a pink card stock and silver Vellum mats (from the kit).  I mixed the gold and silver to give interest.  Silver mat, gold stickers, gold mat, coin and ribbon.  A very elegant card, that was mailed as soon as the ink was dry to my oldest daughter for her Birthday.  Lovely card in person.  The photos do not do it justice.  It is simple and elegant.    The paper I used for the flowers was a Pink Vellum of similar type as the Silver paper for the mat.  The entire mat is held in place with glue dots so to prevent the adhesive showing through.

Another view.

Well that is all from me!!  Your next stop is Jennifer.

Stop back later and see what I created for the Team Challenge.
Happy crafting,


Club Scrap
Cherry Blossoms Kit


  1. Love the background technique. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Queen of fussy cutting! Great projects and I had forgotten about baby powder as an anti static.

  3. I love these, and the ones with the oxide ink is amazing, I just bought some of the inks and can't wait to experiment with them. You gave me so good ideas!

  4. Josette your cards are absolutely beautiful hun! Love them all, and the technique you used!

  5. What a nice trio of beautiful cards!

  6. Such fun techniques and lovely set of cards. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Fantastic set of cards! Who knew about the baby powder trick. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great cards, Josette and what a beautiful background.

  9. Beautiful cards! Great details and backgrounds!

  10. Love the background technique. Your cards are all beautiful!

  11. Simply beautiful cards with a gorgeous background technique!!

  12. I love seeing the process! I must try your baby powder method instead of my powder tool and I am going to dust off my Silhouette to scan and cut images. Thanks for the inspiration, your cards are just beautiful!

  13. Love the cards! Beautiful techniques! I love my ScanNCut, too! =)
    The Leaf Studio

  14. Fabulous cards, Josette, and fun stories on the making! I think my favorite is the stamped, embossed and inked background---stunning! (And yes, I'm sure even more fabulous in real life.) Still have a ScanNCut on my wish list!

  15. I love the coloring on the kimonos!! Beautiful!