Gray Muse – Summer/Fall 2020 Blog Hop

Welcome to The Gray Muse Blog Hop featuring the 2020 Summer/Fall Stamp Collection! This release includes seven gorgeous floral stamp sets and one must-have sentiment set titled Social Distance! We have some amazing guests sharing inspiration using these stamp sets so grab your favorite drink and get to hopping!

Giveaway: The Gray Muse is giving away FIVE $25 gift codes to the shop so you can add some of these stamps (or enamel pins) to your collection. In order to qualify, leave comments on every post in the hop. The more posts you comment on, the greater your chances. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. All winners will be selected at random and announced on The Gray Muse Blog within a week.  

I want to say thank you to Rubeena for having me join in her newest release blog hop! I discovered Rubeena as a crafter and have been a HUGE fan of her work! I was drawn to her beautiful cards and watercolor! She is extremely talented! I discovered her pins last year and have been hooked! They are amazing and I am happy to say I have a full enamel pin board now! I am always excited to add to my collection! Rubeena is such a talented women and is extremely kind! I have included a full list below of the blog hop order so you can hop to each crafter’s blog to find beautiful crafty inspiration! Come join in the fun – this is a gorgeous release!

Friend Stamp Set

For my first card I am using the beautiful new Friend stamp set! I love the big and bold font of the word friend, paired with the beautiful floral images! I started by stamping my image on Bristol smooth card stock and heat embossing it using clear embossing powder. I love to create bold and bright cards! For this card I used my zig markers. I work in layers when using my water based markers. I allow my project to dry on its own and continue to add layers of colors until I have the look I am going for. Once my coloring was dry I created an outline using 2 different shades of a tan/brown. I enjoy adding shading around the image as I feel it highlights my focal point. I added a few metallic splatters and adhered this to my card base!

I hope you enjoyed this one layer card! I can’t wait to use this stamp again and pair it with one of the Gray Muse sentiment sets! In Rubeena’s collection she has 3 sentiment stamp sets! You can see them here.

Lovely Lotus Stamp Set

For my second card I am using the beautiful Lovely Lotus stamp set designed by artist Alex Syberia. I love the floral images in this set, along with the sentiments.

I started by stamping the lotus image on Fabriano Hot Press watercolor card stock. I love this cardstock when I use my Karin markers. I have found this paper to work well with this medium. For this floral image I decided to keep the coloring simple by only using a few colors. For the floral image I used: Rose Pink 168, Magenta 359, Olive Black 447, Praline 385, and Gold 283. I work in layers as well allowing dry time between colors. Once my coloring was dry, I used my scan and cut to trim the image and set it aside.

To create my background I wanted to use patterned paper from my stash! I have a lot of beautiful paper and find I don’t use it enough! I chose this bright yellow paper for the background and a textured gray paper for the die cut circle. Both papers were trimmed down using dies. I assembled my card using the patterned paper and used foam tape behind my lotus flowers. I then chose a sentiment from the Lovely Lotus stamp and from the Social Distance stamp set 9the sentiments in this set are AWESOME – be sure to check them out). I heat embossed these using white embossing powder on the gray cardstock. Once my card was assembled I added a few sequins as well.

Pretty Pansies

I recently shared a card using the beautiful Pretty Pansies stamp set on Instagram. Just wanted to share a bit of inspiration using this new release as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by today on the hop! I hope you found some inspiration here today! Here is a full list of the blog hop! Be sure to hop and comment for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Gray Muse shop!

Blog Hop

Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you to Rubeena for having me join her hop and to celebrate this GORGEOUS new release!

Crafty Hugs,