Thursday, July 6, 2017

Great Thoughts, Great Inspiration

This card was designed for a special friend of mine that has opened my eyes to a ton of debut authors over the last year and that I really admire for her efforts to promote the arts into the world.  I liked the idea of putting the pens on the card since this friend was an entry into a whole new writing community for me and has me writing again on my own manuscript.

For this card, I tried some new things.  The ribbon is our vanilla and gold ribbon colored with an ink pad and then colored again with a clear aquapainter to remove the excess ink.  The card is embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and then sponged slightly with Dapper Denim ink.

The pens are stamped with Archival Black ink on watercolor paper and then colored using Dapper Denim and So Saffron ink and an aquapainter.  I also accented with a Gold Wink of Stella pen (retired) though our Clear Wink of Stella would work too.  They are cut out and matted on a watercolor washed piece of watercolor paper using our new mini dimensionals. Man, I love these things.

Finally, I stamped Enjoy Today from Eastern Beauty on watercolor paper and cut out using the smallest Stitched Shape square.

  • Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper
  • Ink: Dapper Denim, Archival Black, So Saffron
  • Stamp Set: Crafting Forever, Eastern Beauty
  • Big Shot: Cutting Mats, Multi-purpose Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF
  • Accessories: Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon, Aquapainter, Gold Wink of Stella (retired), Mini Dimensionals, Scissors, Adhesive

This card didn't end where it was beginning but it was fun and exciting, like finding a new author you enjoy or a really good book.  Check out Andrea's blog, Great Thoughts, or her book salon on Facebook - Great Thoughts' Great Readers. Also, come back to my blog on Mondays and read my Two Types of Ink feature which highlights a new or upcoming book and a project inspired by the novel!


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For the month of July, you can earn $5 in bonus dollars each time you spend $50.  Then in August, you can redeem them for more fun product.  Bonus dollars are sent via email so don't delete them!

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Joining Stampin' Up! was one of the best decisions I've made in life.  I have met some wonderful people who offer incredible inspiration and I believe in the quality of the product. Plus there is always something special about making and receiving homemade cards or d├ęcor from people.

If you are interested in joining my team, contact me today or go here to sign up!  You can get $125 in free merchandise that you choose yourself for only $99 plus tax.  With the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, it's not hard at all to find stamps and accessories that you will want to play with. 

But for the month of July, the deal gets even better.  You also get an Essentials Gift Pack for FREE.  This kit includes 2 clear D blocks, Grid Paper, Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, and a Bone Folder for FREE.  That’s a $52 value.  And, though I’m already jealous of this deal, you will also get the clear mount Carols of Christmas set ($20 value) for free.  That deal is too sweet to pass up especially when it’s so easy to find $99 worth of stuff you would buy anyhow from the new catalog! 

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Have a craftastic day,

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