Welcome to Tuesday, my friend! My card today is somewhat sentimental, for me. My best friend is going through a rough time right now, and I’m hoping that she is holding on to memories of better times, to help her through. I think that we all need to remember to cherish the memories of our favourite times, places, people and events. Especially if our current times are not good.
A WALK IN THE WOODS
Today’s card is all about ink blending with a stencil, to create a lovely sunset scene. Sunrise and sunsets can be spectacularly beautiful, when you catch them at the right time.
Combining this birch tree stencil with a lovely sentiment and warm colours is very soothing, I think.
Start with a panel of white cardstock. Attach your Memory Box Garden Birch Trees stencil to the cardstock; hold it in place with Thermo Web Purple Tape. I tape down all 4 edges, so that I don’t worry about the stencil moving. If you prefer, you could use a temporary adhesive spray, to hold the stencil in place. (I’ve had this stencil for a while, so I’ve been unable to find a link for it online. I’ll link to something similar!)
Apply your colours from lightest to darkest, bottom to top. The colours I chose are – in order from bottom to top – Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Seedless Preserves Distress inks. I used the Tim Holtz blender tools, as I already had an applicator sponge for each colour.
When your happy with the blending, gently lift off the stencil, and remove the tape. Be sure to clean your stencil, so that you don’t transfer these colours, next time you use it. Just a quick rinse with water, or wipe down with a paper towel/cloth and cleaner.
Stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black Sympathy Sentiments stamp set in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink about two-thirds of the way down, on the left side of the panel. Cover it with clear embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. Flick some water drops onto the panel, to create some lightened areas.
LAYER YOUR CARD
Create a card base of dark orange cardstock. Add a panel of dark yellow cardstock to it with foam tape, and then add your image panel on top, with more foam tape. I didn’t add any embellishments, as I thought that the ink blending was enough, and didn’t want to detract from it.
CHERISH YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES
I hope that you have some favourite memories that you like to bring out during difficult times – or even good times! Remembering good things, at any time, can help boost our mood. One of my favourite songs is by Rob Thomas, called ‘Getting Late’. Part of the lyrics are this:
Keeps moving on
And we’re going away
Before too long
Just how ya feel
You better say it loud
For the world to hear
Time to go
The paper moon
Is fading slow
It keeps moving on
And it takes you in
It brings you home
The moments that make up your life
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