Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sending Prayers & Love

Hero Arts is having a "Makeover" challenge on their blog. Participants are to take a project that they had made previously, and make a new one based on that.

My inspiration for this card came from this one that I made some time ago, based on a tutorial by Sandy Allnock:

For my makeover card, I used the same Hero Arts stamp set, but left out the largest butterfly, since it wouldn't fit on the heart. I began by die cutting a heart from 140 lb. watercolor paper, using one of the Little B "Hearts" dies. This set is different, in that it has 4 "sub-sets" of dies. Each of these sub-sets has a smaller die that cuts, one slightly larger that just embosses little x's in your paper, and then the largest one that die cuts just outside the embossing. I used the smaller one in the next to largest of these sub-sets to die cut my focal heart, and then all 3 of those dies to cut the frame.

Once I'd finished my die cutting, I stamped the 2 smaller butterflies on the heart, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed them with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. I used 2 of my Winsor & Newton Cotman tube watercolors to color the heart. I wet the heart with clean water first, then dropped in the colors and let them blend together. Finally, I sprayed it liberally with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist, and used my heat tool to dry that. I could have let it air dry, but I'm just impatient that way! :)

When my heart was dry, I laid it and the frame on a white, top-folding A2 card base. I decided to place my greeting, from Simon Says Stamp's "Sending Happy Thoughts" stamp set, on the lower left. So I stamped that on the card base with Versafine, and clear heat embossed that. It looked rather heavy on that side, though, so I ended up stamping the smallest butterfly on the other side, and clear heat embossed that as well. Finally, I adhered the heart and frame in place.

I wanted the bottom edge to be a bit fancy, so I die cut it with one of the "Stitched Borders 3" dies by Pretty Pink Posh. Then I backed the cut-away portion with a piece of patterned cardstock by Momenta. And that finished this card.

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Stamp & Punch/Die Cut"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "STAMPtember Use a Stamp Challenge & Blog Hop"


  1. I love how you made over your card! The colors are lovely. Thanks for joining the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp!

  2. Oooh, I don't think I've seen the first one. I love them both, butterflies are good for everything! :)

  3. beautiful butterfly cards :) thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  4. both cards are lovely! I love the softness of the latest card and the colors. they are both beautiful. your comments about how you did them are so helpful. thanks so much for taking such care. thanks for sharing. really lovely


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