Sunday, July 31, 2011

August Stamp of the Month: Wicked

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is Wicked, a set of 9 stamps. If you have come here from Lisa's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go:

I wanted to do something different with this stamp set.  I'll have plenty of Halloween artwork to show with our wonderful new paper pack, Mischief, later in the month.  But I wanted to do something a little more out of the box for this project.  When I looked at the stamp set, the octagons reminded me of honeycombs and also of some pictures from a long ago trip to the Children's Museum atYunker Farm.  So here is the layout that I created from the Illusion layout in Magic (one of our terrific how-to books):

Right page:

Left page:

Products Used (all CTMH):

Paper:  Lucky paper pack (olive), Honey CS, Black CS, Olive CS, Kraft CS, White Daisy CS (for stamping the bee)
Inks: Honey, Archival Black, Black, Desert Sand, Cocoa
Stamps: Wicked (Aug SOTM), Universal Backgrounds (wood grain), Bee Happy (bee)
Font: Cricut Art Philosophy (NEW)
Accesories: Honey Mini Medley (NEW), Black Mini Medley, Black Hemp, Decor Journaling Spots (NEW)
Other: Magic, Liquid Glass, Waterbrush, Piercing Tool, Texture Tools, 3D Foam Tape 

I did use cocoa ink and my stipple brush over the top of the Kraft CS once I stamped the woodgrain image in Desert Sand.  This further distressed it to give it the look of wood.
I distressed the edges of the paper in black ink.

I stamped the bee image twice in archival black ink.  Once on my layout and once on the White Daisy CS.
I used my waterbrush to color in the bee image on the White Daisy.
I then cut out that image and attached it with the 3D foam tape.

The title is cut on my Cricut with CTMH's new exclusive cartridge: Art Philosophy!

I hope you enjoyed my project.

Now "Hop" on over to Melinda's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the August SOTM is only available until August 31! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!


  1. Great layout! Nice to see something that isn't Halloween.

  2. Adorable layout and thanks for telling us how you did it.

  3. Nice layout. Great use of the background stamp.

  4. Love how you used the honeycomb to create the background.

  5. What a fun layout Amy! I LOVE your use of the wood-grain texture and the honey-comb-like stamp to add so much texture to your pages!

  6. Great use of the honeycomb stamp! Love your layout!

  7. LOL I love your l/o, even though just reading the word "bee" makes me shudder! LOL I dislike bees immensely, but also plan to use the honeycomb and a retired Bee stamp that we had for some cards b/c the inspiration is there! :)

  8. Love your use of the background stamp...I grew up in Marion...where is your picture taken in your profile?

  9. Terrie, it was taken at Brucemore.

    Thanks everyone for the comments!

  10. fantastic layout-love the honeycomb!!!

    Peggy Lee
    (Creative Scraps)

  11. WOW Bees!! I love it--very cool layout!!