Celebrate Heartily

Today I’m sharing a very non-traditional card for me style-wise. I created a somewhat messy effect by directly applying ink to my background. I definitely took this as a chance to explore and play with ink… per the advice of the Monday Challenge Team over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.


This background came about from another project. I had inked up some die cut hearts with my gold ink pad. The hearts were sitting on top of pink card stock. When I was finished inking the hearts I liked the look of the pink paper, so I set it aside to use another time.

Using a heart stamp, I added some different blue and green hearts to the background.


I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink, a PTI sentiment stamp and my just-opened-last-night Fiskars Stamp press, all “NBUS”, to make this card. I am enjoying playing along at the NBUS challenge; it definitely is encouraging me to try that never before used “schtuff”. Check out another one of my cards for this challenge here.


I think that I’m going to like the above stamp press. I had a smaller version of it, but this one is making me super happy!

IMG_8740edited Note,  I spelled schtuff incorrectly on my notepad. 😉


Stamps: PTI Pretty Petals (Celebrate everyday sentiment), Happy Hearts
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Dies – Labels 17IMG_8743edited
Ink: Encore Gold Ultimate Metallic, Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac, SU Pool Party, Island Indigo, Pacific Pt, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: SU Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Tools: Fiskars Stamp Press, SU Decorative Label Punch
Other: Uni-ball Gold Gel Impact Pen

This card was difficult to photograph! Here’s another look.


Thanks so much for stopping by!



Challenges for this card:

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3 thoughts on “Celebrate Heartily

  1. Great colors for your inky background and hearts, Melissa! That sediment is so true and very similar to how I close my blog posts, so you know I love it! Thank you for playing again in my NBUS challenge! I’m delighted you are enjoying the process. (And I love that you are endorsing my obviously CORRECT way of spelling schtuff!! lol!) Enjoy your Sunday! Hugs, Darnell

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