Ever have a card evolve and as you watch it happen you realize you've just poured your heart onto paper? My DH and I have decided that our word for the year is "trust." We have had a lot of obstacles come our way the last year and without our faith I don't know where we'd be.
Back to the card ;) I started out trying a technique where you put tissue paper shapes down and wet them, but it needed to be bleeding tissue paper and only a couple of my colors ran and then only faintly. So, back to the drawing board, I decided to stencil Gelatos and then spritz them to make them run. I used a stencil I'd made myself with the hexagon punch and a sheet of acetate from packaging. I dry-rubbed the Gelatos with my finger first to spread the color and intensify it, and then spritzed with water. I wanted a bit more variation so I spritzed again and then laid down some pretzel salt to dry on the wet inks. Once dry, I brushed off the salt. I then used my Honeycomb ef to mimic the hexagon shapes (repeat repeat repeat!) but used the stencil on an angle and in a couple of different positions to hit different areas. I rubbed the embossing with silver ink then cut out some of the edges and then distressed with my tool. At this point I had no thought of where I'd go next but remembered a card base I'd made a while back where I'd inked my ef and debossed the front of the card. As I was digging this base out, I saw the umbrella man and thought he'd look good with the bg. I had cut him from a dictionary page, positioning so that half of him was blank page. I pressed my petal inks along the edges and on the umbrella. When I laid him over my hexagons, I realized that I'd formed a sort of rainbow and that brought my trust word to mind. I had some letters already embossed so I punched them out (had to make one more set to finish my word stamping then embossing in black). I then took a black marker and added more words of faith and trust along my blank edge. I also added faint words in light grey inside many of my honeycomb spaces. This one will go on display in the house to remind DH and I of our commitment to put our trust in God in the midst of all the stressful life circumstances in which we find ourselves. Blog post with some step by step photos
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 GMT Views: 1951
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Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 1:40 PM
Gail, this caught my eye right away...and when I read your description, I saw why. Cards from the heart seem extra special. I am so glad you are going to keep this one...it is so inspirational. All of your techniques worked so well together and the result was this incredable card. I hope this year is better for you and your family.
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Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 1:50 PM
WOW! So much went into this piece of art. So well worth it because it ROCKS! Thanks for the idea of the hexagon stencil. Love the word you chose. Wonderful job. TFS :0)
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Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 1:02 PM
The distressed feel really signifies a period in life where we get beat up, but those words, and trust, remind me to just hang on and it will get better. What a fabulous piece to keep your eye on the prize. I love it! Thanks for playing the mix challenge!