Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lots of Thanks

Kristina Werner created a card for Day 1 of Online Card Classes' "Stretch Your Stamps 2" class, which I have been participating in. Basically, she used a background stamp, white heat embossed the image, painted it with watercolors, and then cut pieces from that for her card. My card follows her design pretty closely.

For my background, I chose the Hero Arts/BasicGrey "Spice Market Large Petal Background" stamp. I inked with Versamark, and stamped it on watercolor paper. I heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail white embossing powder. Then I created a palette by smooshing Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, & Festive Berries onto an acrylic block. I picked up each color with my Ranger water brush, and colored different parts of the image, going from the center outward. The white heat embossed areas resisted the ink, giving a lovely detailed look without all the work.

After the background dried, I trimmed it down into a wide strip and another narrower strip. I glued those directly to the front of my card base.

For the greeting, I first die cut the "thanks" using Lawn Fawn's "Scripty Thanks" die from black cardstock. The cardstock did have a white core, so I decided I wanted to camouflage that. I tried painting the edges with a black brush-tip marker, but it was too hard to get in all the little crevices. Next, I tried applying Black Soot Distress ink by pressing the pad directly to the die cut. Still no luck. So I finally smooshed the Black Soot onto my acrylic block and spritzed it with my water mister. Unfortunately, the ink splattered just a tiny bit onto my card front when I did that. But, the faint speckles turned out giving it a nice subtle detail, to give the stark white some interest, so it worked out OK! I swiped the die cut thanks through the wet ink, and it coated the edges--along with the rest of it--just fine.

After the Black Soot dried, I used my Zig 2-way glue pen to apply small dots of glue to the back of the thanks. Taking a cue from Debby Hughes, I pounced the back of the die cut onto some scratch paper, to take off a little of the glue so it wouldn't ooze out when I applied it to my card. Then I used my tweezers to help me position it, and glued it in place. I stamped the rest of the greeting, using 2 stamps from this Simon Says Stamp set, above and below the die cut. To finish, I coated the "thanks" die cut with Glossy Accents.

I'm entering this card in a2z Scrapbooking Blog's "Encouragement" challenge.


  1. Such a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at A2ZScrapbooking :)

  2. Beautiful card, Andrea! I love the colors you chose for your background stamp and how your black sentiment pops!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at the a2z Scrapbooking Challenge! I hope you'll be back again soon!

  3. love how you used this stamp like this! And happy to see you joined us at a2z!

  4. This is gorgeous and I just LOVE that wonderful background stamp, it's one of my favorites, because it's so versatile !! I also know exactly the card you are talking about in class, as I also was a student on SYS2 and LOVED it's sadly over, but I hope to still do a few more cards and share them, as you are!! You have been some really nice cards to this challenge and we are so appreciative of your support! We love that you take the time to enter more than one card! Thanks so much again for playing and for sharing your talent with us all!!

  5. This is Gorgeous and I agree I love the speckles they are a great affect! Thank you for joining in on the A2Z Scrapbooking Supply August Challenge.


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