Encouragement Cards

Keep Your Head Up and Your Heart Strong

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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.

Thanks for visiting!

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Encouragement Cards

You’ve Got This

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Happy Friday, I hope you had a good week!

Today I have a quick card to share using one of my favorite standalone dies.  The You’ve Got This die from Concord and 9th is big and bold and the sentiment is a good reminder when I’m feeling challenged.

I started by taping down a panel of Canson XL watercolor paper to my work surface with painter’s tape.  This helps prevent warping.  Using an inexpensive 3/4″ wash brush, I wet the paper with clean clear water.  Then I dropped three colors of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus watercolors (9H Cobalt Violet, 8H Ultramarine, and 7H Phthalo Blue) onto the panel and brushed left to right and back to blend the colors into each other for an ombre effect.

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed it to about 3.75″ x 4.75″ and then die cut the sentiment out, saving the fallout pieces for a future card.  Then I added foam tape all over the back of the panel to add dimension and adhered it to an A2-sized card to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Encouragement Cards

One Day at a Time

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I bought the You Got This stamp set from Simon Says Stamp for this single sentiment.  Though the set has a lot of other great sentiments that I know I’ll use, this one really spoke to me.  When I’m suffering or inching towards a goal and feeling like I’m not making progress, a reminder like this helps keep me going.

Because the words themselves are so powerful to me, I wanted this card to be very simple.  I started by cutting a scrap piece of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock with the Paper Smooches Linked Hearts die.  Then I did the same, three more times, using some inexpensive 110# white cardstock from Michael’s.

I pieced the Neenah die cut back into the positive cut and backed it all with some Post-It Tape to temporarily hold it together while I ink blended. I used three colors of Distress Oxide Inks (Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Worn Lipstick) blending left to right.

Once that was done, I used the borders of the other three die cuts and adhered them to the inked border so that the heart borders would have some dimension.  I adhered that to my card front, then pieced in inked hearts in a single layer.

I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink and trimmed the card front to a size just smaller than an A2-sized card.  To finish, I added foam tape to the back of the card front and adhered it to a white A2-sized card base, for a white-on-white finish.

Keep on keeping on.  You can do it!

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