Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

On the first of each month, several of us CTMH consultants come together and share projects that we have created using the newest Stamp of the Month. This is a great way to show the versatility of the stamp set and get ideas from consultants all over.

This month, we will be featuring “Bear Hugs” which is Close To My Heart’s July 2019 Stamp of the Month. This stamp set is loaded with 17 amazing stamps (you can see below).

With a minimum $50 CTMH product purchase you can add it to your order for $6. Great deal, right?! To read more about this Canadian special, please check out my shopping site here.

This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you arrived here from Danielle Wagner’s blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here

Now on with the show!

For some reason, I had a complete mental block with this stamp set.😲😕 So I had to go searching for some ideas. Didn’t take too long to find what I was looking for! I will be using this card as one of three for the FREE Stamp of the Month Kit that I offer every month. Sooooo cute!!❤

I started with a piece of White Daisy cardstock cut to 4 x 5 1/4″. Starting with Canary ink and a large sponge applicator, I inked a spot (as shown), feathering the edges. Next, keeping the cardstock flat, and using Espresso ink, I sponged, very lightly all the way around the outside. This method will give a subtle, darker edge all the way around that I really like.

The banner was stamped on White Daisy cardstock, using Espresso ink. Before fussy cutting, I also stamped the “Mama Bear” sentiment in Espresso ink.

Next, I stamped the bear image, using Espresso ink, on the dark side of Almond cardstock, then fussy cut. Once I decided on the placement for the bears, I stamped the flowers (in Archival Black), and then coloured them with ShinHan markers.

I adhered the bears right to the cardstock and then popped up the “Mama Bear” banner. “I Love You” and the three hearts, were stamped using Espresso ink.

Once that was done, I matted the whole thing on a piece of Canary cardstock (the light side), and then attached that to the card base.

Tips: Because the bears image is so large and much of it is solid, make sure that you season the stamp well before using, that you have a foam underneath and you have the stamp really “juiced” up with ink. Give the Archival Black a few minutes to completely dry before using the ShinHan markers. If you use a larger sponge you won’t have as many sponge marks. Make sure you start sponging off the page and then move to your piece of paper. That will ensure that you don’t have any dark ridges where you don’t want them.

I know you are going to want this stamp set in your toolbox, so make sure you purchase it soon, as it is only available until July 31, 2019!

Below is a list of all of the supplies used for this project. You can take a closer look at each product by clicking on the product number. Now, let’s go shopping!

  • White Daisy cardstock (X6027)
  • Canary cardstock (X5998)
  • Espresso Ink Pad (Z2829)
  • Archival Blank Ink Pad (Z3271)
  • Canary Ink Pad (Z2843)
  • ShinHan Touch Twin markers: GY235 (Sap Green), Y35, R16

If you see any products anywhere along the hop that you would like to purchase, please visit your local consultant’s website, if you do not have a consultant and are in Canada I would be happy to help you out. If you live outside Canada I am happy to help you find a local consultant in the United States, Australia or New Zealand.  If you’d like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too!

Before you head over to Brandi Robinson’s blog to see what she has created with this stamp set, please feel free to leave a comment, or share this post with your friends. I appreciate you stopping by and wish you the best July ever!

Until next time


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