Friday, July 31, 2015

Sending Prayers & Love

Online Card Classes has been doing their "Background Check" class this week. The class is "broken down" into two 3-day segments. On Days 1 & 2 of each segment, the instructors demonstrate different techniques that can be used for creating backgrounds. On the third day, they take those technique pieces and turn them into cards. It's a bit of a different format than usual for them, but I think it works pretty well.

On Day 2, Jennifer McGuire demonstrated doing different resist techniques. I used resist with clear embossing over a patterned paper for my card.

I didn't have an "appropriate" background stamp that covered a whole card panel, so I used one of the stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Borders & Backgrounds" set. I chose a patterned paper from Authentique's "Latest & Greatest" 6x6" pad, and cut it to 4x5.25". I stamped my background image repeatedly over that with Versamark ink, then clear heat embossed it. Finally, I used Hero Arts' Navy ink to go over the whole panel, wiping the excess off the embossed areas.

I die cut the "Sending" from Simon Says Stamp out of a scrap of navy cardstock. I used that to determine where to die cut an opening in my background. I used one of the "Classic Ovals LG" dies by Spellbinders to do that, letting the die overlap the edge of the panel.

After marking where my oval cutout would be on the front of a white A2 card base, I adhered the "sending" word, then stamped the "prayers & love" from Simon Says Stamp's "Sending Happy Thoughts" under that with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I adhered my background piece to the card base, and that finished this card. It will be going to a friend whose mother recently passed away.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"
Live Love Cards' June challenge: "Masking"


  1. Beautiful class work, Andrea! the background must looks even more beautiful in real life because of the clear embossing! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Virginia! :)

  2. Cool affect or is effect. Either way I like your card.

  3. I love the background, and the sentiment! I'm sure your friend will appreciate it! :)


I love to hear your thoughts on my work, so feel free to speak your mind!