Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thinking of You in hard times....

Hi friends!

I'm popping in to quickly share a card I made for someone that many of us crafters know, if only by name--Heidi Swapp. As many of you may have heard, her son died earlier this summer. I'm sure she received many cards but I wanted to let her know that she and her family were in our thoughts and prayers, too.

Here's my card:
This card took several days to complete...not because it's THAT complicated--but because I just couldn't figure out if I liked it or not! I decided to try a technique I'd learned from Jennifer McGuire years ago. This particular stamp from Penny Black (Blissful) is a reverse image stamp and I usually loves those because they're great for inking up. I began by stamping a "friend" text stamp to the background (Hero Arts) in brown. I then took the Blissful stamp and stamped that in Versamark embossing ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. So, you have a text background with a clear embossed image on top. I try to use the stamp as a guide to know where the flowers are and where the leaves are so that I can color those accordingly but it's a little tricky. I used my distress inks to start adding color to the image. It's colorful but I wasn't sure I liked it. So, I made a frame, inked it the same distress ink I used for the leaves (mowed lawn) and stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) on a dark cardstock. I added 3 loops of twine behind the frame and added some Wink of Stella to the frame and to the flowers. Once the frame was in place, the card seemed to work. Now the focus wasn't the colorful background but the frame seemed to balance the card a bit. I ended up really liking how it turned out. It's one of my favorite techniques because of the colorful inking you can do with it. Hope you will give it a try!

I'll be entering the card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Make it Colorful
Just Add Ink--Spring flowers (inspiration photo at the bottom of the post)
V's Sweet Ideas--Technique Time
Word Art Wednesday--Anything Goes

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!


  1. This is a lovely tribute to an online friend. Love never fails. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, in our 199th challenge.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  2. This is indeed gorgeous Patand I hope will bring comfort to your friend.Your text and colourful background are stunning and your frame and chalk style greeting are a beautiful contrast to it. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

  3. A lovely and thoughtful card!! Very pretty design. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday this week, hope you'll join us next week for our 200th challenge!!

  4. This is a lovely card, Pat. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. :)

  5. This is such a pretty card Pat, and great use of the inspiration pic. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Just Add Ink :)

  6. Your card is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining our challenge this week. It means so much to have you share your talents with us, and I hope you will join us again soon. We have a HUGE celebration coming this Wednesday with LOTS of great prizes. Have a great week!
    Word Art Wednesday

  7. Well, I think you card is so beautiful and I'm sure that Heidi loves every single card she receives. Really like the way you stamped the leaves and flowers, how they have a two-tone effect. Its a very stylish and thoughtful card and I'm so glad you shared it with us at Just Add Ink.

  8. such a pretty card! that background is superb!!! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!


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