Saturday, April 2, 2022

With Love & Prayers

Happy Saturday! The April Release is here and you are going to LOVE it! My first card with the new release features the Stamp of the Month, Church Family. I love the mix of fonts and scripture references included in this set!

I recently sat down and created some backgrounds with the knit stencil. Honestly, I had no plans in mind when I created these backgrounds. I just picked some colors I liked and played knowing the ideas would hit me at some point. 

The blue background was the jumping off point for my card. To create the background, I used cool caribbean cardstock, the knit stencil along with cool caribbean, tempting turquoise and taken with teal dye inks. After I created this background, I searched though my stash of already colored images. I was excited when I came across this butterfly I colored a year ago. Yes, you read that right, a whole year ago when Garden Whimsy was first release. I remember coloring this image, trying to make it work for a card and almost pitching it in the trash when nothing panned out. Now, I am really glad I saved it!

Now that I had the main image selected I knew I had to do more to the background. I added texture and visual interest by stamping the script background in brown, the dots from texture tiles 6 in white and adding black paint splatters to complete the look. 

I stamped the sentiments in black ink, cut to size and added black lines along the edges. I die cut the background panel, matted with black and attached to a white card base. I added some white highlights with a gel pen to the butterfly. I popped the butterfly up with foam tape, glued the sentiments down and added some light blue gems to the front to finish it off. 




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  1. What a FAB background, Karen. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Card Concept. I hope you'll visit again soon.
    karen L, DT
    The Card Concept

  2. Happy Saturday to you too. Your background is beautiful. It's a really pretty card. Thank you for joining us at The Four Seasons Challenge. Bunny designer for The Four Seasons Challenge

  3. WOW! Absolutely beautiful Karen! LOVE all those background panels you have created!Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


    P.S. If I hadn’t already mentioned it, just wanted to let you know that we have another new challenge blog. This time it’s all about using your EMBOSSING FOLDERS. I hope you’ll come check us out and play along at CAN YOU HANDLE THE PRESSURE. Hope to see you there!

  4. Cool Carribean, Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal...oh man! Those are such great colors! What fun backgrounds you created! The final card posted is so pretty with the butterfly and the meaning behind it! Thanks for playing along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

  5. Wow, Karen! This is a stunning and inspiring card - loved hearing all the steps for your gorgeous background, and that butterfly is so vibrant! Thanks so much for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

  6. I absolutely love all the layers on this card! You really made them all work together so beautifully, I am not sure that I could have done that. Great job! Thanks for joining the hand stamped sentiments challenge!

  7. A wonderful combination of elements for a truly lovely card. Thank you for joining us at HSS. Cheers, Jolanda - DT

  8. Love how you created the backgrounds then used the blue one for your butterfly. Great idea for how you created texture on the background. So pretty and love the color combo. Thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  9. Gorgeous card and backgrounds! Thank you for joining us at Four Seasons!
    Diane FS DT {Nellies Nest}
    {Four Seasons}
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