Beautiful Soul

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Verve May2016 Spotlight


I am so, so happy to be sharing a few new release projects for Verve Stamps over the next few days! When Julee emailed me and told me about these sets, I was drooling… sight unseen because of the phrasing… I didn’t even have to see them to know that they would be beautiful things with the magical words.


Today I’m sharing my first project featuring the Beautiful Things stamp set and Beautiful Flowers Die Set .

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This was the first card I created for this release. You are a beautiful soul. The Beautiful Flowers were so easy to color, and the coordinating dies lined up nice and even…it was a real treat to color all of these blooms. I airbrushed a pale blue background and then popped the blooms up on X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape. Notice how my die cut leaves weave under and over the blooms? That’s an easy way to add depth and interest to any of your projects!

verve-blog-post-bookmarkI had been sitting in church last weekend, and flipping through Scripture that our pastor was sharing, and this bookmark uncovered itself. It’s a duct-tape bookmark that my daughter made. (If you have any pre-teen girls in your life, I know you’ve got your own stash of duct-tape accessories. My husband carries a camouflage duct tape wallet. #truth)

I loved the colors, and quickly made a mental note that I’d have to pair these up for at least one of my release projects. I feel like that inspiration definitely worked to my favor.

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Next up, I wanted to share a simple ‘beautiful’ card that features the Beautiful word die cut and flowers colored and cut from Beautiful Things and Beautiful Flowers Die Set. I stretched out of my ordinary and grabbed some black cardstock to make things pop!

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This beautiful word die does cut easily, and I didn’t have to poke or pick any of the little pieces out – even the dot for the i. Again, I’ve used X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape to vary the heights of my card elements for interest.

Here’s another trick I’ve been using a lot lately, I cut my die cut words or small accents from the same white cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card used here) that I color my images on and then color the die cut words with Copic Marker or the Copic Airbrush System. This way everything coordinates when I’m finished. The pink mat layer is cut from white X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic, as well.

I do recommend that you use the same white cardstock for each of your elements on a single card. Papers with different milling processes or raw material will have different weights, textures and tints that affect the finished visual color, so using the same white for each piece keeps the color matching consistent.

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My Beautiful Things blooms are stamped in Black Memento and colored with Copic. The outer edges of the blooms are RV02, YR04 and R22 – The centers have a light feather blend outward of RV00, YR000 and R00, respectively.

Verve SneakyWant to win some shiny new Verve? We’ll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today’s featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Day 1 projects! I sure have enjoyed creating them and sharing them with you. Can’t wait to send the cards off to special someones! All of the Verve products I’ve shared with you today will be available for purchase on Friday… I will be back tomorrow with more goodies to tease you…

Have a beautiful day!


64 responses to “Beautiful Soul

  1. Gorgeous cards, I love how you co-ordinated the word die with the flowers, thanks for sharing

  2. These are truly beautiful! The word die is so gorgeous!

  3. Lovely cards

  4. Such beautiful and striking color combo, love the sentiments die!

  5. These are beautiful Lori. I love the bright colours!

  6. Beautiful bright and happy designs! These flowers are fantastic!

  7. i am going to need to get the scripted word dies! They look great and yes the colors are just beautiful together! clean simple and beautiful

  8. Gorgeous colors! I love these big blooms!

  9. Dawn~DesignsbyDragonfly

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. LoVe your coloring.
    Crafty hugs,

  10. Gorgeous samples, Lori! I love duct tape too and have an Owl themed stash in my classroom!

  11. I love these gorgeous scripted word dies! beautiful!

  12. Gorgeous cards! I love the second one especially. The minimal color really pops against the black.

  13. Loved reading all your little tips and I love your two release cards…especially the first one! You are so right about the variety of whites (as I recently learned the hard way)! It’s just hard for me to use up my X-Press It Blending CS for a card base – lol!

  14. Love all the colors and details of your beautiful cards. Fabulous release, great sentiments.

  15. Shirley Qu-wannabecre8tive

    Beautiful cards. I love the bright and happy colors.

  16. Oh, Lori, these are both beautiful! And I agree with your tip about using the same card stock. I love your flowers and how you’ve colored them! And I so want this set with the dies! They sure make beautiful card! Hugs!

  17. These are both lovely… thanks for the tip on coloring your sentiment to match… love it!!

  18. Gorgeous flowers. Love the brights on the first card but the black background is just wow. Hugz

  19. Ooooooo – love the idea of airbrushing words in the same color copic marker! These cards are both strikingly gorgeous!

  20. Beautiful cards! Love the flowers and what a sweet piece of inspiration for the first one ♥

  21. gorgeous set of cards!!

  22. The vibrancy of the colors is wonderful! And love the tip of air-brushing words with same colors of the flowers. Thanks for sharing thes cards and ideas.

  23. What fun bright cards you have created! Love this new release!

  24. Your projects are all beautiful, Lori! Such pretty colour combinations, and wonderful designs! Thank you! :o)

  25. Beautiful Things stamp set with the dies sure does make up some gorgeous cards and yours are no exception. Both cards are so pretty. Glad to see you guesting. 🙂

  26. Becca Yahrling

    Wow, gorgeous cards. I really love how the colors pop off a black BG.

  27. Carmela Hubler

    Love the vibrant flowers and black background is striking. Love the flower stamp!!

  28. Gorgeous cards Lori!! That first one took my breath away!!

  29. Congrats on your DT spot! Love the different ways you colored these blooms.

  30. Pretty floral cards. I like how you were inspired by the duct tape bookmark.

  31. Beautiful cards! Thanks for all the technique tips.

  32. Darlene Gabaariel

    Welcome Lori. Your cards are stunning. I love love the way your gorgeous bright flowers on the first card. The pinks and oranges just pop off the black on the second card. I can’t even decide which is my favourite. Thank you for sharing these tips too.
    PS – your daughter did a great job on that bookmark

  33. Gorgeous cards!! Love the contrast of colors on the flowers on the first card and touch of color on the flowers with black on the second!!

  34. Beautiful Cards! Love your choice of colors, so bright and vibrant . Thank you for sharing your projects.

  35. Gilda (McStamper)

    Love your pretty cards.

  36. Your work is lovely Lori and I can see why Julee asked you back to be a guestie! Fabulous cards!

  37. Christine Miller

    Love the inspiration for your beautiful cards—my nieces crafted many duct tape accessories a few years back. Love how you colored the new Verve blooms!!!!

  38. Two gorgeous (and such different!) cards – I’m also really loving these new leafy sprigs :o)

  39. Gorgeous use of the flowers and sentiments. Great idea using the Copics on the die cuts – not that I have any, but what a great way to match the colours. Thrilled to have you on board as a GD again 🙂

  40. 2 lovely cards, but the second one is simply superb, it’s very striking with black and the colorful blooms.

  41. Very lovely!

  42. lovely colors, beautiful card!

  43. Debbie Thomas

    Absolutely beautiful card ! Love all the bright colors

  44. Truly lovely! I love the bright flowers on the first card – it is gorgeous! thanks for the hop and for showing us your lovely work! Blessings

  45. Your choice of colors really plays up the stamp design! Thanks for all the tips and suggestions on doing something similar. While my projects might never be as inspired as yours, at least I won’t be so clueless how to achieve similar effects. TFS.

  46. Such a colorful and well put together card! Love that sentiment!!

  47. Fabulous cards! Those flowers are so beautiful in all those colors. Remind me of pinwheels!

  48. Beautiful, can’t say that enough. These flowers do look fun to color.

  49. I love your vibrant color choices! These flowers are very unique and pretty!

  50. Your cards are both beautiful in different ways! Love the bright colours!

  51. Colorful and fabulous! You seriously rocked these stamps, Lori. Thanks so much for all of your amazing cards this release. You are such a dream to work with and so very talented. <3

  52. Love those bright colors! They pop!

  53. Great tips on the paper. Nice pop of bright with the black embossed background.

  54. I love the cards and the colors you chose. The second one is really striking with the pop of color and the white and black to set the colors off so beautifully. Wow!

  55. Beautiful cards! I love these colors and those flowers.

  56. Wow! Using the black background really makes those colors explode! TFS!

  57. So beautiful, Lori! Love your vibrant color combinations and special touches! Lovely designs!

  58. I find it amazing how simply changing the papers to black can alter the mood/tone of a card. Beautiful highlights of this bloom!

  59. Such gorgeousness! LOVE that black with the pop of color!

  60. Love the bright spring colors and the stunning blue base.

  61. Beautiful card with the bright colours!

  62. Awesome! You do beautiful work,

  63. Very pretty cards. My favorite is the one with the black background.

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