Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Melissa Cash: Heart Benton

Last month, I was fortunate enough to be referred to Melissa Cash by Debbie Fisher. Even better, at the CHA show last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa in person. Not only does she work and teach at The Cat's Meow in Oakhurst, California, but she's on several design teams including the one for Tombow.

Melissa completed several fantastic projects using our stamps, and I'm so excited to share them with you! That's why I am delighted to introduce her as our Inky Guest Designer for February:

Melissa has been happily married for 25 years to her husband, David, and they have two grown sons and two doggie fur babies. She mentioned that what she likes best is the "cute, fun whimsical style of Inky stamps," such as 11079MC Heart Benton Clear Set:

You may recall that Benton was recently shown in a weekly card on our main website. While I used a simple layout and traditional pink "Valentine-y" colors in that card, Melissa really changed things up with her beautiful aqua and brown card:

Here's how she made it:

Fold 4 1/4” x 11” piece of chocolate brown cardstock in half to create card base. Adhere coordinating print and light aqua panels to the front of the card. Adhere coordinating light aqua print to chocolate brown panel and adhere on slight angle to front of card with foam mounting tape. Adhere teal and light aqua scraps to front of card on slight diagonal. Punch little hearts and apply to teal scrap.

Embellish hearts with glitter glue. Stamp Benton Bear (also available as 8740G in the wood mounted version) with black ink onto white cardstock, and color heart with turquoise Tombow marker and Benton with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.

Cut out Benton with oval die/punch and layer to teal oval die/punched piece and then to a chocolate brown scallop oval die/punched piece. Adhere to right side of card front with foam mounting tape. Stamp sentiment with black ink and cut out with circle die/punch.

Adhere sentiment to a chocolate brown scallop die/punched piece and adhere to the upper left of the image panel with foam mounting tape. Add three chocolate buttons that have been tied with teal floss. naked buttons! You’ve done all the work to create a work of art; don’t leave your buttons unfinished. Just my .02 worth. :-)

(Jackie's Note: That last part made me naked buttons, indeed! I'll have to remember that for the future.)

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One of the questions I asked Melissa in her online interview was about her favorite snack. She replied that the only snack she has in her studio is chocolate. (I knew I liked her right away!)

Wouldn't this adorable heart box make the perfect vehicle for the world's best snack:

Sooo cute, huh! Here's a closer look:

Again, she thoughtfully provided the directions printed below.

For the box, you will need:

Two large chocolate brown scallop heart shapes (I used Lifestyle Crafts heart dies for all of my hearts)
One large coordinating print heart shape
One medium chocolate brown scallop heart shape
One medium cream heart shape
One piece of brown cardstock that measures 1 ½” x 5”
Strong double-sided adhesive

Layer large print heart to one of the large brown scallop hearts and set aside. Score 1 1/2” x 5” brown piece at 2 1/2”, turn and score at 1/2” on each of the long sides.  Fold 1/2" tabs up (these will be where your adhesive goes). You will need to cut the 2 1/2” score line just up to the 1/2” score line and then fold on the 2 1/2” score line to form a "V" shape. This will be the piece that holds your large hearts together to form the box.

Place strong adhesive on the 1/2" sides of the "V" shape and adhere to the center of one of the large chocolate hearts. Place the other large heart (with the print paper) onto the second side of the “V” to create your box.

Stamp sentiment to the upper left of the cream heart in chocolate brown ink. Adhere cream heart to medium chocolate heart and attach to the front of the box. Stamp Benton Bear in chocolate ink and color with Copic markers. Apply glitter to the pink heart for some sparkle.

Cut out Benton and adhere to the front of the box. Attach ribbon to the front and back panels of the box to create a hanger. Don’t forget to fill the box with yummy candies!

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Want the chance to win your own 11079MC Heart Benton Clear Set? Please join me in welcoming Melissa as this month's Inky Guest Designer by leaving a comment at the end of this post, and you'll be entered in a little BLOG CANDY giveaway.

On Wednesday, February 8th, I'll randomly choose the winner for the same clear set that Melissa used above and post that person's please check back to see if you've won!


CheckerBeads said...

wow, great projects! looking forward to seeing more from you, Melissa!


Kimmy said...

So CUte! I love that little bear! Brown and pink or brown and turquoise are two of my favorite color combos! Can't wait to see what else you create :)

DawnBeery said...

Love your projects Melissa!

Melissa Cash said...

Thank you Jackie for the amazing post! Inky Antics stamps are so easy to create with. The fun and whimsical style of these stamps just allows the creativity to flow! Remember when naked buttons!

Melissa Cash said...

Thanks Anne, Kimmy and Dawn for your sweet comments!

Sharon Fitzgerald said...

Great projects, Melissa! Of coourse, they always are. We love having you teach and inspire at The Cat's Meow. Congrats on being chosen by Inky Antics as guest designer.

Carol said...

Fabulous card, Melissa and adorable heart box! Congrats on your guest designer-ship!

Carla S. said...

Congrats to you, Melissa, on your GD spot! Your first projects are fantastic, but that's no surprise as you are such a great designer! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects this month!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Melissa is so talented that is for sure!
LOVE the new Bear set and so perfect for many projects...who doesn't love Bars?
Oh and Chocolate...yum!

Tanya said...

Oh these are just adorable! Congrats on your guest designer position Melissa!

Melina said...

Yay Melissa!! So funny that I have to go to Anaheim to run into you...a trip up the mountain is called for soon :).

LilyPinkScraps said...

Oh he's just so cute - great projects too :)

stamping sue said...

The cards and box that Melissa made are just terrific! I like this set .... the bear is cute but not what a friend of mine calls chronic cute.
stamping sue

Kym Weber said...

Congratulations Melissa for February's Guest Designer! She does absolutely beautiful work and such an inspiration! Gorgeous creations! Can't wait to see more of her wonderful projects!

Diana N. said...

Love these stamps and your projects Melissa!

Lillian Child said...

Really great job, Melissa! It's fun to have such fab stamps to create with and then to be picked as a guest designer - wow! Congrats and thanks for sharing with us!

Tammy C. said...

I will NEVER leave a naked button on a project again! Thanks, Melissa - great stuff!

Sue D said...

Fabulous creations! I like the non traditional colors on the card and I will always remember the naked buttons comment.

Marie said...

Congrats, Melissa. Wonderful projects with great directions. Love the card layout and the fantastic color combo.

Marie said...

Congrats, Melissa. Wonderful projects with great directions. Love the card layout and the fantastic color combo.