Sunday, October 25, 2015

I Love You

The challenge for October 4, in Splitcoast Stampers' "Hope You Can Cling To" card drive, is "Undergoing Renovation." The idea is to take a card that you have made in the past, and still like, and make another inspired by it. I chose this card, that definitely has a feminine vibe, and decided to make a masculine version.

Inspiration card
I liked the basic format, and the inking technique I had used on the hearts. I got that technique from Jennifer McGuire. Basically, you stamp a line image in Distress ink(s), then splatter water droplets over it, to get the color to move & blur a bit.

To begin my "renovated" card, I stamped the outline star, from Hero Arts' "Year Round Sentiments," several times on a piece of white cardstock. Since I was going for a more masculine color palette, I used Distress inks in Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, & Tea Dye. Once I finished stamping, I did my water splatters, adding a few drops here and there directly to the stars to "help" the bleeding, until I liked the look I got. I still felt it looked too "clean," though, so I blended Antique Linen Distress ink over the panel, to "grunge" it up a bit.

I chose 2 patterned papers from my scrap stash. I cut the blue star piece to 1/2" wide, and the stripe to 1/4". I adhered the main panel and my strips to the front of a white A2 card base. Then it was time to work on the greeting.

I used one of the greetings from the same Hero Arts set, and stamped it on a piece of blue patterned paper (also from my scraps), then heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I wanted to try something a little different (for me) on my greeting. One thing Carissa Wiley does frequently is to layer strips/banners of paper, and staple them together at one end. I like that look, so I cut two more banners from patterned paper, and used my Tiny Attacher to staple them behind my greeting strip. Finally, I glued that to my card.

I'm also entering this card in Through the Craft Room Door's "Anything Goes" challenge for October 20-26, 2015.


  1. Nice technique! I your star card! I missed seeing that technique

  2. Love it! Such a pretty and simple design. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.
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