CIC 487 | Love Birds | Love-Valentine’s Day

The current challenge at Cupcake Inspiration is well underway – in fact there’s only a couple of days left to enter as I’m late with this blog post. (I could have sworn I’d published it at the beginning of the week!) For our reminder post I created a sweet CAS card in a soft colour palette.

I started by positioning the two solid bird stamps from Catherine Pooler’s Happy Together onto a pale pink card base. I used my MISTI as I knew I would be adding several layers of ink.

First I inked up both stamps entirely with Altenew’s Soft Lilac ink. I stamped this a couple of times to get a good coverage as the card base was slightly textured.

I then switched to Lavender Fields, inking about two thirds to three quarters of the stamps and using my finger to soften the edge of the ink where I wanted it to fade into the lighter colour. I repeated the process, inking less of the stamp each time, using Deep Iris and finally Midnight Violet ink. I then went back through the layers, this time from darkest to lightest, to improve the blend.

I considered adding the detail layer to the birds but decided against it and instead just stamped my sentiment overlapping the birds’ pale tails. I initially stamped it with Twilight ink but later switched to the darker Midnight.

As a final touch I stamped the solid heart from the stamp set between the birds. I heat embossed with Love From Lizi’s Rainbow Wishes embossing powder for a subtle, glittery heart.

Initially when I finished this card I felt like it still needed something. I resisted the urge to mess with it and stepped away for a bit. I’m glad I did, as returning to it I am pleased with the design and I think it does seem complete. I think the purple ombre of the birds works nicely and goes well with the pink card base. I hope this inspires you to join in with our challenge! You can find all the details in the original post here and the reminder here. There’s more inspiration from the teams in both posts as well as directly on their blogs via the links below.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes

Crafty Gals Corner – Add A Heart

Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes and Optional: Embossing

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Love-Valentine’s Day

Papercraft Challenge – Valentine’s/Love


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)







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