social spark Aisling Beatha: Encouraging Cards


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Encouraging Cards

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This is part 2 of a 2 part project.  I shared part 1 yesterday, when I shared the tin that i decorated to put these cards in.

This is a gift for a friend who needs a bit of encouragement at the moment.  I found a list of "Who we are in Christ" and switched them into the 2nd person.  Then I searched the internet for photos that I felt would go with the particular messages I wanted to put on the cards.

Then it came time to make the cards.  I measured the tin and worked out that I could fit 9 cards that size onto a large sheet of thick cartridge paper.  I used two sheets, making 18 cards in all.  I used my big T-square ruler to mark lines in the right places on the sheets, then cut them with my paper cutter.

I rounded all the corners with a corner punch and checked they fit inside the tin.

Then I set down to decorating them.

I worked on all the backgrounds first.

Some I did with Distress inks onto a non stick sheet and spray water.  Some I did with distress inks, or other inks, sponged all over the card, and some I did by sponging inks through stencils, but layering it up with multiple colours on the card.

I got my fingers into a right mess with all that ink and sponging.  That photo of my fingers is AFTER a first attempt to clean up!

Then I got to work decorating them.  This took over a week, I worked on one or two cards when I could.  I used all sorts of media and techniques, paints, inks, texture paste, iridescent powders, stencils, embossing powders and so on.  Here are the finished cards.

Popped them all into the tin that I showed you yesterday and wrapped it up.

I hope it blesses her, it sure blessed me in making it.  Which is your favourite?

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  1. WOW these are really beautiful!!!!!

  2. Wow! That is creative! Awesome!


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