Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Card Concept 4 - Faith, Courage and Strength

The Card Concept's fourth challenge is a floral one.  I decided to go with "Clean & Layered as my styled, although once I started inking up, painting, and exploring a "sprinkling" technique with my embossing powder, I may have fallen into the line for "Shabby Chic."  My recipient is going thru cancer treatment, and I really wanted something for her to study such as the messy edges, scattering of embossing powder and the shimmer of my flower centers.  If it takes her mind off her treatment for just five minutes, it's worthwhile. 

Floral seemed to be the perfect challenge to create a card of encouragement, so I pulled out my new Always and Forever set from Simon Says Stamp to use for a second time (just love this set) and paired it up with sentiment stamps from the Believe in Miracles set from a Scrappy Moms

I created a mask for the flower stamp in the set to layer three flowers and the leaves.  Once they were stamped in Memento ink, I used my Copic markers to color the flowers.  Once the petals were colored, I used some shimmer paint to paint the centers and illuminate outside of the circles a bit.  I then used Ranger Blank Canvas White Paint to paint the dots within the flower centers. 

I wanted my sentiment panel to have a bit of distressed chalkboard look around my sentiment.  So I chose a cardstock with texture, and I stamped in Versamark and embossed my sentiment in white.   Once the sentiment was finished, I sprinkled the area with additional embossing powder and did a mediocre job "tapping it off."  I then heat embossed the flecks of powder.  I also inked all of my edges with white pigment ink. 

 My inside sentiment . . . Cancer cannot conquer the spirit!

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp and Scrappy Moms
Ink:  Memento, Versamark, Copic Markers
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Stampin' Up White Embossing Powder, Ranger Blank Canvas White Paint, Tsukineko Shimmer Paint
Tools:  We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper


  1. very pretty! I imagine that the shimmer paint in the flower centers looks so sparkly IRL. Well done!
    beesmom at Splitcoast

  2. So these flowers! The added shimmer is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept this week. P.S. love the schnauzer :) Aren't they just the best!

  3. your pretty card & words of encouragement will brighten your friends day, for sure :)

  4. Sweet your trio of beautiful posies and your words are so kind, just the perfect card for a sweet friend.