Sunday, March 16, 2014

You Mean so Much to Me

I have caught the "stenciling" bug, ever since I took the "Stenciled" class by Online Card Classes a couple of months ago. I got the Tim Holtz "Rays" stencil not too long ago, and had not yet used it (yes, this is becoming a familiar song on this blog!lol). One of Operation Write Home's bonus sketches includes a sun ray design. I suppose the original intent was paper piecing, but I thought an adaptation of it would work perfectly with this stencil.

The upper panel in the sketch is 2.5x5.25", so the stencil covered it with room to spare. I taped the stencil over a piece of yellow cardstock cut to size, and smeared Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel medium over it with a palette knife. After I had gotten a good application of medium, I pulled the stencil up, being VERY careful not to smear the medium that was on the cardstock. Then I laid that panel aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card.

For the lower panel, I cut a piece of bluish-purple Core'dinations textured cardstock, using a pair of decorative-edge scissors on one long edge, mostly to add a bit of interest and help disguise the seam between the two panels. I had a sentiment from the "With Heart" set by Doodle Pantry I had printed off on white cardstock a long time ago, that has been sitting on my scrap desk. I decided it would be perfect for this card, so I die cut it with a label die from Spellbinders and inked the edges with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and an ink blending tool.

After letting the sun rays panel dry overnight, I applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink with my ink blending tool to the uncoated portions of the cardstock panel. I cut a piece of copy paper to 4x5.25", and adhered the rays panel & purple panel to it, so I could work with them as one unit. I matted that with a piece of gold cardstock by American Crafts, and then adhered that to a piece of black paper--a bit of glow with drama. When I went to adhere the sentiment label to the card front, I noticed a couple of small spots of yellow ink in the middle of the label. Probably inconsequential, but I couldn't let it go. And I couldn't ink the whole label, since I knew from experience that it would smear the printing. So I die cut another label from the same yellow cardstock I'd used for the rays panel, and reprinted the sentiment on it. Then I carefully went around the edges with Spiced Marmalade, just to add some dimension, and glued it to the card front. I colored two clear acrylic gems with purple alcohol ink, and glued them to the label ends with Glossy Accents. Finally, I adhered the whole assembly to a card base of white 110# cardstock by Georgia Pacific. Another card for a hero overseas to send home to his significant other.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday "D is for Distress"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Mother's Day or Special Girl"


  1. Great card and thanks for sharing it over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog... :)

  2. This is such a pretty card! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!


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