today i'm sharing a card that i mailed last week that was inspired by friends and positivity!
this card went to a friend who has recently been inspiring me to be a better person by sharing positivity. we've both read "girl, wash your face" by the amazing rachel hollis and we have taken a lot away from the book. i actually have the second book by rachel, but haven't cracked it open quite yet. [I only like to read one book at a time so i don't confuse story lines. while i'm currently reading cook books, i'd still rather not take a chance.]
we've both joined a facebook group with the mantra of #madeformore and i have some huge goals and plans - both personally and professionally for 2020. i'm sure that my friend does too and i thought that this card could be a good reminder and inspiration.
i began by taping down some bright white watercolor paper to a board. using a large brush, i swiped plain, clear water over the entire panel. then, using yellow distress ink that i had smooshed onto a craft sheet, i started laying down color. i went super light towards the top of the panel, knowing i wanted an ombre effect. i used a heat tool to dry the watercolor and once it was dry, i began the process again, adding more saturated color towards the bottom. i repeated this process until i got the darkness that i wanted.
once the panel was completely dry, i stamped the sentiment from this set from papertrey ink which reads "you will do amazing things" in black versafine ink. this set is so very versatile and i'm obsessed with the swirly, scripty font! i'm sure i'll be using it quite a bit in the near future.
while the color added a good amount of detail, i decided to take it up to the next level by dry embossing a texture that resembles crinkled paper. these embossing folders come in sets of two and i think that i have every one, simply because they're amazing.
the texture is just so deep and i really love the way that it creates such a fun, all over pattern. using foam adhesive, i popped the panel up off of the card base and added some whimsical detail around the perimeter of the card using a black gel pen in a line and dot pattern.
have you sent any mail recently? i have yet to mail my holiday cards [which are quickly on their way to becoming "happy new year" cards] but i've been keeping up with my mail it monday challenge.
but just in case you need a few reasons to send some happy mail, here's some fun non-traditional dates coming up:
december 17 - national maple syrup day
december 20 - national ugly sweater day
december 21 - national crossword puzzle day
december 23 - the first night of hanukkah
i hope you'll come back next monday and see what all i made & mailed this week. have a wonderful week!
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