Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sending Hugs and Love

(I wrote in this post about the Lasting Hearts Card Drive that Jennifer McGuire is promoting on her blog. This is another card that I made for that.)

The January 2016 challenge at Live Love Cards is an inspiration challenge. The site's owner, Darlene DeVries, posted photos of 3 of her cards and challenged members to create one or more cards inspired by those. One of her cards used a stamped background, with one image highlighted. I took my inspiration for this card from that.

I didn't have an appropriate background stamp like Darlene had used, so I used the "Lily Blossom" stamp from Deep Red Stamps to create my background. I first cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25x5.5". Then I stamped the image randomly over the panel, using Ranger Archival Watering Can ink. I used second-generation stamping to lighten the image--inking up my stamp, stamping off once on scratch paper, and then stamping on my background. I also stamped it once on 140 lb. watercolor paper, again using second-generation stamping so it would match. I colored that one image in with my Inktense pencils, blending the colors with a damp paintbrush. I then fussy cut it out, and "painted" around the edges with a grey marker, to hide the white core of the paper.

To make my background a bit more subtle, I blended Tea Dye Distress ink over the whole panel. I then took my colored flower, and popped it up over a corresponding image in the background with foam tape. I stamped the greeting, from the "Prayers" set by Simon Says Stamp & Hero Arts, on a piece of yellow cardstock, in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Channeling my inner Carissa Wiley, I cut the greeting into a strip, angled one end, and cut 3 more banners from green & orange cardstocks. I had intended to staple the right ends of the banners to my background panel, but inadvertently cut that end too close to the greeting. So I just glued those ends together, and adhered them to my panel, leaving the left ends of the top 3 strips loose. Finally, I adhered my card front to a white A2 card base.


  1. Nice take on her card. Such a pretty flower!

  2. Beautiful card! I love the colors,and the banners underneath the sentiment!
    Hannah Marie


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