Friday, 12 June 2009

Thoughts and Prayers - a versatile set, an Oops and a RAK

Thoughts and Prayers, p48 of the Idea Book, #115888 and just $45.95 is a must for your collection. It has some beautiful images, in the Silhouette style, there is a branch with blossoms and also an elegant tree. More importantly, the sentiments are just right for those more difficult card making occasions - sympathy, get well and for other less than pleasant life moments. I like it in particular because there is a choice of both religious and non-religious wordings. I have seen so many different techniques and occasions used with this set, even though it is new to the catalogue this year, and I have experimented with it here, for both a Get Well and a birthday card.

The Get Well card has a little oops on it, first person to correctly tell me what I have done to make it 'go away' will win a little RAK pack.

The card bases for both cards are Garden Green, stamped in Garden Green ink with the Weathered Background. Then we have various layers of Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Garden Green again and Very Vanilla. I have distressed the edges, and have used Versamark ink to add all-over pattern to some of these layers with the Tree stamp. This creates a subtle tone-on-tone effect, and you can achieve a similar result by using the matching ink and cardstock, ie, Certainly Celery ink on Certainly Celery Cardstock. I often head for the Versamark though, as then I don't have to clean the stamp so often!!

For the images, I have used my markers to colour up the stems, leaves and blossoms, and have used the 'thumping' technique to mix both Garden Green and Certainly Celery to the leaves. I have used Rose red for the little blossoms, and popped some up with Stampin' Dimensionals foam dots. To finish, I added some Crystal Effects dimensional adhesive glaze to make them shiny, this also intensifies the colour. Lastly, I have tied on some wide celery grosgrain ribbon.

I hope to have more of a play with some other occasions and colour schemes, be back later to cement this set's position on YOUR wishlists!!!


Robyn said...

You did a pretty good job of covering up your oops! I can't see it..except if you mistamped a blossom and thats why you restamped,cut out and raised up some of the blossoms??

Michelle said...

Thanks Robyn, you are correct. The 'mistamped' bit was where my bottle of Crystal Effects fell over, rolled across the wet RE'd flowers, and then deposited a couple of red splodges onto the wrong place... Ah well! Your RAK will be in the post very soon, give me a yell by email with your postal address please!

Joanne said...

Hi Michelle
Third time lucky in learning to leave a comment. No you are not talking to yourself, I am always checking out the site and scanning older blogs for a remembered inspiration post. Question though what does 'RAK' mean? Joanne

Brenda said...

These are both pretty cards. I could not tell there was an oops on the Get Well card... great job of fixing it. The raised flowers add more interest and dimension to the card. TFS! I also want to thank you for your kind comments on my blog. You are too sweet.