My card today has a few key reason for being made. One of those reasons is that I am continuing to share techniques with my Craft-T-Crew gals this months and one of the techniques we are revisiting is masking so in addition to their technique sample I wanted to also create a card to demonstrate just how fun it is to use ‘masks’ to create the perfect image for a card.
I also decided that since I was getting a chance to get ‘inky’ I would play along with my favourite challenge over at Paper Craft Crew this week and the sketch was just too easy not to play along.
The third and final reason is that I really wanted to make a wonderful lady a ‘thinking of you’ card as she is about to have major surgery in the coming weeks. She is a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and in fact that is how I met her. We live miles and miles apart so there is very little I can do from afar except hopefully provide a little bit of cheer when she gets this card in the mail this week.
This card took me ages to make, not because it was overly technical or difficult, just because I wanted it to be ‘just right’. I had decided right at the start that I was going to ink up my ‘Live, Love, Grow’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I wanted to use those super cute succulents and thought that they would be fun to add to a mason jar terrarium. Seemed simple enough in my head LOL … using post-it notes I was able to mask up the image to get three of the little gems in the medium sized jar and I was chuffed. The tricky thing was the layout for the front, I wanted to add a pop of colour and not just have a green card so finally settled on Watermelon Wonder as my accent and it worked perfectly! I even broke out my new sponge roller to ink up the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Paper to match my Watermelon Wonder accent – oh my that was the best fun EVER, I can’t believe I only just bought these sponge rollers what was I thinking waiting so long. So with a little help from a few of my favourite Thinlit Dies – Circles, Banners, Jars etc I was finally done. I love making cards at any time but when there is a real purpose like this card there is something just so much more satisfying when you finally finish it.