Hello! Today, I am a part of an “Encouragement Card Hop.” This hop is different from your regular hops because it includes bloggers, YouTubers, as well as folks that don’t use either. Each stop along the hop will be linked to the next stop, so you should be coming from Jen Holder’s Video. If you’d like to start from the very beginning, please visit Courtney Kreeber’s blog HERE. This hop was created to not only include everyone, but to create cards that are encouraging. I think we can all use some encouragement from time to time.
The card I created was inspired by a Jennifer McGuire video from February, that teaches ways to rethink dies and stamps. You can check out Jennifer’s video HERE. I thought the video had so many wonderful ideas, and I really wanted to try one out for myself, as I love to stretch my supplies.
I looked though my Stampendous dies and I came across this rose bud die from the Rose Garden Die Set. I thought this die was distinct enough, and had enough of a surface area once cut, that it would look really pretty on a card. I decided to cut the rose bud out with Echo Park paper from their “Coffee” paper pad. I decided to also cut a piece of white craft foam with the same die, to give the patterned paper even dimension. Using the craft foam is also a huge time saver, because I don’t have to mess around with cutting little pieces of foam tape.
I embossed a piece of dark Wedgwood blue cardstock with an “Argyle” embossing folder (one of my absolute favorite embossing folders) from Darice, and die cut an oval window out of the center. This oval would create the perfect spot for me to highlight the rose bud die. I mounted the embossed cardstock on to a cream card base.
I made a small sentiment strip using the “Tiny Words” stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. For a finishing touch, I added a few blue sequins from the “Aquamarine” Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. I adhered the sequins with On Point Glue from Imagine, which is my favorite liquid adhesive.
That’s it for me today. Next stop on the Encouragement Card Hop is the fantastic Mary Polanco. She’s got another great YouTube video to share. Thank you so much for stopping by. If you’re new here, I hope you’ll consider subscribing to my blog, or following me on social media. All of my links are up top on the right side of my blog. Have an inspiring day!