Hello Fellow Stampers ~
Well, here we are late on a Sunday afternoon. I know, this is a very unusual post. But, as I promised yesterday morning, we're in catch-up mode over here this weekend. I've had an interesting weekend, and a fairly productive day today. It's like Summer outside -- VERY strange for March in Colorado!! And on top of everything, I discovered this afternoon that my ceiling fan in my main room has given up the ghost!! Uggghhh! So now I've got to figure out how I'm going to get that replaced as I do depend on my ceiling fans a lot around here in the warm months.
This silly sketch for Mojo Monday [MOJO488] this past week has been giving me fits. I don't know why, but I just never felt like I could quite get over the "inspiration block" I was feeling the latter half of this week and it was directly impacting my designing for this sketch. So I hope you all like how this turned out in the end.
I'm definitely feeling the call of Spring, and I wondered if it was too soon to start an Easter card. I decided to take the plunge, and just do it! Besides, I've been itching to ink up the new Easter Message stamp set, and so I sat down with some blender pens, my watercolor pencils, and this beautiful stamp set, and did a little playing.
Doggone Delightful Stampin' Design Tips:
- Layerothology. This card is cut from Very Vanilla cardstock, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4". I chose this beautiful piece of designer paper from the Falling In Love DSP, as I thought it befitting as a background for my focal point, and matted it with Sahara Sand cardstock (a coordinating color to the DSP). It is simply wrapped in a criss-cross pattern with the 1/4" Gold Natural Trim to emulate the cross image.
- Easter Messages. This beautiful image is from the Easter Messages stamp set. I stamped it in Smoky Slate ink, and then colored it using my blender pens and the Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencils. It is indeed fussy cut and popped with dimensionals against a background of matted ovals using the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Layering Ovals. That matted Stitched Shape oval is cut from my very precious stash of retired Brushed Gold cardstock. But it was the absolutely perfect color against the backdrop of the designer paper. Oh how I wish we still had this paper!!
I wasn't sure about the double bow, but I couldn't quite convince myself the spray of Lilies worked here either; and then I thought that God's Son was really a gift to us anyway, so I think it works! :-)
A few "precious" pearls - and this card front is complete. The cross was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock, and I added some Clear Wink of Stella across the scarf to add extra shimmer. It's really quite stunning and lovely! Really wish you could see this in person!
- Turn to the Inside. I did stamp the Lily image on the card inside (in Smoky Slate, stamped off once; and the flowers are colored in with Clear Wink of Stella). I put the lovely verse in Soft Suede in the right-hand corner. But the sentiment over the flowers is actually from the Sending Thoughts stamp set. I decided this really was a perfect "encouragement" card for someone; and frankly, I needed this reminder in my own life right now!! I really am pleased with how this turned out!
In many ways this is a clean and simple card. I really think it's the little details that make this card so pretty. And so in the end, despite my designer's block I'm fighting right now, I think it's alright!! What do you think? :-) I'd love to hear from you!! As always, I'm only an email away if you have questions about any of my designs or Stampin' Up! products. We're winding down Sale-A-Bration 2017, so don't wait to get those orders in and pick up your Free SAB products!!
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Until Next Time . . .