September SOTM Blog Hop - Paper Garden

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's Blog.}   We have approximately 40 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

The September Stamp of the Month is entitled Paper Garden (S1509) (Set of 10).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:

Did you know that Close to My Heart is selling watercolors now?  And we are also selling the best watercolor paper that I have ever seen!  It is smooth instead of the textured watercolor paper that you can buy at other places.  I am in LOVE!!!

The September SOTM is such a fun stamp set to use.  I decided to take the watercolors and do a "wash" for the background.  A wash consists of putting water in your color of choice and just painting back and forth on your piece of watercolor paper.  I used two colors - magenta and dark purple.  If you add water, the color gets lighter.  A drier brush will give you a darker color. I like to watercolor on my All Purpose Mat.  It protects my table from getting wet.

and then stamp the larger stamped image in black as if it is in sillhouette.  I also decided to do something totally different and use our Halloween paper, Nevermore, and the Complements and Assortment found in this paper line.  Here is my card:

I distressed the edges of the paper with my scissors and added a little black ink around the edge.  The spider web is found in the Nevermore Complements and I adhered it to the card with Liquid Glass strategically placed behind the web and covered with the spiders.  

The Paper Garden Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between September 1 – September 30, 2015. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Brenda Lapp's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 


  1. I would have never thought of combining this stamp set with Nevermore, but it looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I like how you used this stamp set for a Halloween Card, and the watercolor background stands out so well.

  3. Great card, Melissa! I love the spider embellishments and the lovely watercolor wash! Very clever!
    :) Marie

  4. Love the watercolour wash with the distressing - great work!

  5. YES!! I love your line of thinking Melinda (using Nevermore and making it Halloween)! An absolutely FANTASTIC card like always! :)

  6. Very creative use of this stamp - and the colour combo is WOW!

  7. Love how you have used this for Halloween- very clever!

  8. Totally love this stamped in black. Fabulous.

  9. Stunning card! Love the Halloween theme.

  10. I love how you paired that beautiful stamp with the watercolors and Nevermore!

  11. That watercolor technique, with the stamped image, looks GREAT! FAB card!


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