Encouragement Cards

Keep Your Head Up and Your Heart Strong


I can always use some encouragement, what about you?

This card starts off with a background using Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart background stamp.  When I use a background stamp, I always lay it etched side up, ink it, and then lay my paper down onto it.  I put a piece of scrap typing paper over the top to keep my hands from getting inky and then burnish the surface to ensure I get an even impression.  I did that here with clear, sticky, VersaMark ink.  Then I sprinkled the panel with Hero Arts white embossing powder and hit it with a heat gun.

I chose two soft Distress Oxide Ink colors, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke, to blend.  I had originally planned to pick a third color to blend between the rose and smoke, but I really wanted the heart to stand out.  I’m still not sure if I made the right choice to use just two colors.  I applied and blended the ink using foam blending tools, taking care to follow the design of the heart in the center of the panel.  When I finished, I rubbed a paper towel lightly over the panel to pick up any ink that was sitting on top of the heat embossing to restore its bright white color.

The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp You Got This stamp set.  The stamp is actually a single line, but I wanted to break it up into two lines.  Rather than cut the stamp apart (which I can never bring myself to do even though it doesn’t harm the stamp), I used a Post-it note to cover a few of the words when I inked it up so I could stamp one line at a time. I used Versafine Black Onyx ink which gives a nice crisp impression.

To finish, I trimmed the panel down to 4″ x 5.5″ and adhered it to an A-2 sized card base, leaving a border on the left and right sides.  Then I adhered the sentiment using foam tape to add dimension.

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