Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Last Set of Encouraging Notecards

For this last set of cards, I decided to try out a technique recently shared by Jennifer McGuire on her You Tube channel.  I used a similar technique - laying down oxide ink onto the background and then using the same ink and a background stamp to intensify the color.  I ended up stamping the background ink multiple times to ensure a solid stamp and difference in color.  Then I used a foam blending pad and my Ink Blending Tool to apply a very thin layer of Micro Glaze to the top of the paper.  This is the same product as the Distress Micro Glaze, just made by Judykins.  I stamped the sentiment using my Mama Elephant's Hello Friend Wishes stamp set to create a striking contrast before adding the Micro Glaze.

On the inside, simple, encouraging sentiments.

After my coworkers wrote their notes of encouragement, I selected an assortment of magazines, movies, books of games, a mug with Zen tea, an aroma therapy candle, a branded water bottle from our company, a soft pillow for head/back and the cards all tucked behind to be read at his leisure.

We delivered the basket of well wishes to him and expressed our wish for his speedy recovery.  I'm sure it warmed his heart and encouraged his soul, which was the point.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Field of Poppies

These cards belong with the set of cards to encourage a coworker.  I also used my Prima Oil Pastels to stamp these images, but there is a little more technique with these since the stamp isn't a layering stamp.  I've lost the connection of this stamp with the manufacturer, but I think it is a Rubbernecker stamp from way back.  The black centers aren't a part of the stamp, but the oil pastels work well if you "dot" in the dark color to the center of the solid stamp. 

I was super pleased with how these cards turned out - very watercolor in feel and look.

I'll be back with more cards later this week.  There were more than 50 cards sent to my coworker, so I've got quite a bit to share with you.  Thank you for sticking with me.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blue Flower Notecards

More cards in the stack of those made for my co-worker.  Same techniques, just using a different Rubbernecker stamp, Blue Flowers.

Whew.  I hope you are still with me.  I've a bunch more to share and will do so in the coming days. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

More Encouraging Notecards

I'm popping in today with these petunias stamped using my Prima Oil Pastel crayons and Rubbernecker Petunias stamp set.  These are more of the encouragement cards I made for my co-worker.

The yellow and slightly orange centers make such a bright and cheery card, I'm sure that they will be cherished and enjoyed.  Hurry back to work!

I'm entering this card into the Time Out Challenge:  #107: Spring because this is definitely a spring card and almost makes it as a one layer card (since my card front is one layer).

I'm also entering this card into the Word Art Wednesday's Weeks 330/331: Anything Goes

Friday, April 13, 2018

Celebrating With Balloons

Brandy went playing around with her Concord and 9th Birthday Stacks stamps and dies to create these two lovely cards.  The stamps provide this neat layering effect on the cards and the dies help to create the lovely layered, 3-D effect.  It is a quite lovely card and technique and the methods for using the stamps and dies can be found here

There are a few subtle differences in design, including the die cut sentiment on the second card.  I can't decide which I like best, but I know that the recipient of both are going to feel very special. 

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