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Hi friends!!  Laurie here to share a simple card that should have been quicker to make!  Let me explain 🙂

First off, let me tell you how excited I was when the Zen Bouquet stamp set came back into stock!!  I had been eyeing it up for SO long but kept missing out on it!!  So, this time, I jumped at the opportunity to buy this set and boy, oh, boy, I was not disappointed!!  This set is massive and worth every penny!!

Now that I’m done gushing about how amazing this stamp set is, let’s get down to business, shall we?  I started by white heat embossing the bouquet image onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Then I chose 3 shade of Distress Oxide Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Wilted Violet.  I pressed each colour onto a slick work surface (in my case, I use a plastic cutting mat) and spritzed each colour heavily with water.  Then, I simply “smooshed” my stamped panel into each colour.  I did use my heat tool sparingly in between each colour but mostly dabbed up the extra water and colour with a paper towel.



I love these inks!!  Next, I cut the panel down with a Stitched Rectangle Die.  Now here is where those extra steps I mentioned earlier start to happen!!  I die cut the largest die from the new Hugs HoneyCuts set directly out of the stamped panel.  My initial idea was to place vellum behind that opening and have the second part of the die “floating” in the centre.  Well, after I adhered the vellum, I thought making a shaker card was a good idea.  So, I added all the foam tape and shaker bits including, Ice Chips GlitterDiamonds and a few Baby Girl Sequins.  I then discovered that the vellum I used was simply too thick!!  You cannot see the goodies inside the shaker!!!  But I was NOT going to give up on this card.  I continued on with my original plan of the floating sentiment. I cut the second largest hugs layer out of white yardstick and the scripty layer out of a pink cardstock.  I adhered those two pieces together and placed them on top of the vellum cut out.

So, in the end, I created a shaker card that you can’t really see but you can certainly hear!!  Thank you reading my ramblings today!  If anything, I hope I inspired you to not give up if something isn’t going quite the way you had envisioned 🙂

Have an amazing day and thank for stopping by!


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3 responses to “Zen Bouquet and Hugs”

  1. Helen LeBrett says:

    It’s a beautiful card, even if it didn’t turn out how you originally planned! 🙂 Hugs, H

  2. Eileen R says:

    Absolutely stunning! Great job Laurie 🙂