Hey crafty friends, did you know March 8th is International Women’s Day? I’m celebrating with a group of amazing cardmakers in an uplifting blog and Instagram hop. I hope you’ll celebrate with us, and upload one of your cards too! In addition to lots of inspiration for encouragement themed cards, you’ll also have a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
With this theme in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to finish up some of the cards I started at the last Unstoppable Retreat. If you’ve ever been to one, you know there is a similar focus. We spend a lot of time encouraging each other to let our inner artists out to play. I had the honor to teach in February, and I will tell you, there were some extremely talented ladies (and new friends) there!
At the retreat, I worked on the backgrounds for both of my cards, but didn’t turn them into cards until I got home. Do you ever play with background techniques? Sometimes, it’s fun to create a whole stack and put them aside for later. Die cut sentiments and gems are the perfect way to quickly turn background pieces into finished cards.
The first card features a stamped background with brand new images from The Greeting Farm. In Carisa Zglobicki’s class, we stamped out the images and then watercolored them. It was really fun and relaxing. One of Carisa’s tips was to introduce a second color to our flowers while they were still wet. I dropped in a touch of yellow to the sides of my pink flowers, and I was surprised at how much richer they became.
To finish the card, I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a card base. Then, I die cut the sentiment MY HERO from several shades of cardstock that matched the colors in my panel. I glued them together, slightly offset, and added embossed sentiment strips with the sub-sentiment underneath. A few flat-backed gems add sparkle.
My second card features a background I created in Beth Duff’s class. We spread alcohol inks out on a craft mat and let them dry. Then, we misted the area with rubbing alcohol and picked up the ink with one side of an embossing folder. Working quickly, we sandwiched a cardstock panel in the folder and ran it through a die cutting machine. I love the way my panel turned out; the color and texture are awesome!
Finishing this card was quick and easy too. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a slightly larger piece of gold glitter cardstock, then a pink card base. Like I did with the first card, I die cut the word HUGS several times in coordinating colors and gold mirror paper. I glued them together and added another sub-sentiment. A mix of black flat-backed gems and gold sequins, topped with Diamond Glaze, are scattered around the sentiment. Aren’t the bold colors neat?
I want to share a group picture from the retreat too; it was so much fun and I made some wonderful new friends…
Who do you craft with? If you’d like to craft along with us for International Women’s Day, head on over to the main blog and link your cards up so we can see! You have until 12:00 pm IST on March 22, 2020 to be entered to win. Winners will be selected randomly. Open Internationally. See main blog for complete details. Then, hop along with us…
Don’t forget to hop along with us on Instagram too!
Thank you for stopping by today. I’ll be back soon with more fun cards to share.
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