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Saturday, May 5, 2012

You Are A Special Friend

For today's card I used a sketch from Unscripted Sketches:  They just posted a new sketch so go on over and check it out and play along.
Here is how I interpeted Sketch #156:
 There is a sad little story about the stamp I used but it has a happy ending. I believe it was my Aunt who gave me this sweet little boy stamp years ago and I really loved him but I couldn't think of a single way to use him. Of course I had not been stamping long and had few stamps which could have been part of the reason for my lack of inspiration. I even almost purged him a few months ago but just didn't have the heart because he was just too cute and I felt guilty not even inking him up once. So I held onto him. A few days ago I was putting stamps away after finishing some cards and I ran across the little guy and it just hit me that he would be perfect to use with this sketch. And now I have thought of a few other ways to use him so I think he will be sticking around for a while longer.
 The papers are all from the Matstack Linen Closet from DCWV and it's one of my favorite Matstacks. The flowers and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Heart Flowers and I believe this is the first time I have used this set too. I inked the flowers with Broken China distress ink and stamped them onto Neenah Solar White paper. I then spritzed them lightly with Perfect Pearls so they the look of watercolor. I added some blue gemstones to the centers of the flowers.
For the boy I stamped him with VersaMark ink then used black sparkle embossing powder to heat emboss him. Next I used watercolor pencils to color him and I apologize for the bad coloring. That is one area I need a whole lot more practice in. Also I have a just a handful of colors. (Not that it would help me much to have a wider variety to pick from.) I cut him out and adhered him to the white paper and lightly spritzed with Perfect Pearls then I backed all the rectangles with a tan mats. I wrapped blue thread around the little boy rectangle and I had enough thread leftover to make a bow which I put in the upper left corner. I arranged all the finished rectangles onto a shiny blue mat that I had trimmed on two edges with a scalloped border punch from Fiskars. I left the two short ends straight. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I adhered the finished blue mat onto the front of  my card.
I tried to show how shimmery the blue paper and the white rectangles are. The shimmer is so hard to capture in photos.
Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Sweet image, lovely flowers!!! Beautiful

  2. super adorable card...hope you have a wonderful week!

    enjoy *~*


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