Deepest Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, in life there are many occasions in which a sympathy card is warranted to offer your condolences. Creative Embellishments’ new Small Sentiment Words set has a lovely variety of elegant title pieces to suit life’s ups and downs, including “Deepest Sympathy.” Since I now find myself needing to create a card for such a purpose, I’m thankful that CE has thoughtfully created this beautiful set.

For this card, I lightly coated the pieces with watered down gesso so the etching could still be seen after altering the Coneflower piece. I used an acrylic glaze and applied sheer layers to create a slight ombre effect on the petals. To alter the frame and title pieces I used acrylic paint. The gold tone was created by mixing gold with a touch of bronze to deepen the shade a touch. I don’t have navy paint, so I combined royal blue with black.  It’s a very simple card, but made with a love and care, so I do hope it helps bring the recipient comfort in this trying time.

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Angled shots to show the dimension created by the laser cut chipboard. I usually paint the sides and exposed edges, but neglected to do so this time:

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I added Mini Prills to the flowers to give them added texture. Here you can see how the etching on the chipboard pieces add subtle details to the pieces even after being altered:

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The gorgeous CE pieces I used (click the pic to be taken to the store listing). Thanks for looking!

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Soar Tags

For my project today I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s March tag from 2015. I really loved working on these tags! So much fun getting in some crafty time and getting messy!😀 I used different techniques products for the 2 backgrounds and altered my chipboard balloons using 2 different methods. For the tag on the left, I used Distress Stains and blotted my tag into the color on my non stick craft mat. For the tag on the right, I used distress paints and dragged the tag through the color, making sure I got good coverage for the base. I then used stazon ink in black and stamped light touches of the CE text stamp and brick, though most of that got covered by the time I was done. lol In TH’s example, he uses black ink and clear embossing powder for his stamped image, but wouldn’t you know my black ink ran out and I didn’t have a refill available, so I swiped my tags with a dryer sheet to help prevent stray bits of embossing powder from clinging to my background and used Versamark clear in with black embossing powder. I then used the same Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Stamp for both tags. I slipped on the tag on the left, as you can see, I smeared the image, but got it crisp on the one on the right. lol I used the same method for stenciling on both tags and just taped the tag to the back of the stencil to keep it from slipping and worked around the image rather than creating a mask. I immediately covered the modeling paste with embossing powder and set aside to allow it to dry fully before activating the embossing powder with a heat gun.

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Though the 2 chipboard hot air balloons were both heat embossed, I altered them differently. For the one on the left, I used a versamark clear reinker and squeezed out a couple of drops onto my craft mat. I then dipped a paint brush into it and applied it to the areas I wanted purple, sprinkled it with the appropriate embossing powder and heat embossed that portion. Then coated the remaining portion lightly in gesso, applied the ink that part, and sprinkled it with a yellow embossing powder and heated that. For the one on the right, I coated the entire piece lightly with gesso, then colored the details with PITT markers, then used clear embossing powder on the whole piece to give it shine.

 

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This pic just show s a bit of the stamping that got layered over:

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Hope you enjoyed my TH inspired project! Here are the fabulous CE products I got to play with on my project:

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Happy Birthday, Wild One Card

My youngest son is turning 6 years old, in just 9 days. I’m still amazed at how quickly the kids are growing! Christian is our little Wild Child, so I thought a slightly rugged theme would suit him. To create the card, I started with the Distressed Text Stamp and stazon ink. I only inked sections at a time and blotted it to the card. I then used versamark ink and the Distressed Brick Stamp and positioned it where I wanted. Using a small wooden cuticle pusher, I added touches of light tan and dark brown embossing power to bits of the brick, then covered the rest with a terra cotta colored embossing powder, then melted with a heat gun. Last, I used a brayer to apply black acrylic paint to the Tire Track stamp and applied it across the card. I did want it darker than it is, but didn’t want to mess up the whole card front redoing that part. lol To alter the wood veneer balloons, youth bike, and title pieces, I coated them lightly with gesso, then went color by color using a glue pen and different embossing powders. Before adhering the embellishments, I splattered the background with Lindy’s Stamp Gang moon ink, Starburst ink, and India ink. I used foam adhesives to pop up the balloons and a flair button that’s meant to look like one of those circular mylar balloons. I added thread to act as strings for the balloons and added a bow to show that they’re attached to the handlebars of the bike. Here’s how my card turned out:

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A close up of the Bike:

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Close up of the title:

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The fabulous CE pieces I used:

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Dream of a Love Canvas

My project today was inspired by a quote from the book Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (the quote is also in the movie). It’s part of a letter that one of the character writes and the portion I added to my project says, “Sometimes, when the wind is warm or the crickets sing…I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for.” It’s one of those lines that really sticks with you, even years after reading or hearing it.😀 I am still trying to learn how to take pics of projects that are shimmery, so please excuse the poor quality of my photos. In real life, the colors are closer to the cell phone photo. I started out by applying crackle medium and then added the clock pieces and gears. Once that set, I applied a light coating of gesso onto the chippies and colored with acrylic paint. Then applied coarse pumice mixed with acrylic paint, bronze paint, and glass beads colored with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. I altered the heart piece the same way and applied that last. Here’s how it turned out…

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pic taken with my cellphone to try to get closer to the real colors:

 

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Close up of the quote and top right cluster:

 

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Close up of the steampunk heart:

 

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Thanks for looking!

CE products used on my project:

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