It's time for the Creative Card-iology Blog Hop again! We are so glad you've joined us for our September salute to Sale-A-Bration! There are only a few more days to earn get the Free Sale-A-Bration products with purchases of $50 or $100. Our goal this month is to share just a little idea of what you can create with these limited edition products. We hope you enjoy hopping along with us this month as we say farewell to this season’s Sale-A-Bration.
I chose the Feels Like Home stamp set for my project this month. This set evokes a lot of fond memories from my younger years and special times with family. I love all the detail in the stamped image and the also the scripty font used for the sentiments. The sentiments included in this set offer options for various occasions, making it a set I can reach for over and over again. If you love to color, this set is for you as the image is great for coloring with Stampin’ Blends or water coloring with pencils or ink. I haven’t yet tried embossing with this set, but just the thought of trying it makes me want to set this blog aside and reach for my Versamark, embossing powder and heat tool just to see what happens!
I’d already created a card pairing this set with the Layering Diorama Dies, so for this blog I decided to try a framed picture this time using the same die collection. I also wanted to create that sense of long ago days with a blending brush, Crumb Cake cardstock and Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso ink.
I had a dollar store frame that I thought would work pretty well, so I measured and found I needed a 6 ½” x 6 ½” Crumb Cake cardstock base. I cut 2 pieces of Crumb Cake cardstock, one measuring 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” and the second measuring 4 7/8” x 4 7/8” to cut frames using the Layering Diorama Dies, and 2 pieces measuring 4” x 5 ¼” to stamp the image on with Crumb Cake ink.
Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored the door, the stone wall, and the sidewalk of one stamped image, and the bicycle, plants and tree on the second stamped image. You can see my choices of Blends in the product list below. After coloring, I cut out the bicycle, hanging plant and tree with planters from the second piece. I chose two dies from the Layering Diorama Dies that framed the stamped image well to create a frame from each of the squares.
To create the antique look on my frames, I first dabbed my blending brush onto my Crumb Cake ink pad and then brushed the ink on my cardstock frame working from the outside edge in toward the center with circular motion, and then along the die cut frame edge out a bit. I then did the same thing with Soft Suede ink, this time keeping closer to the edges and not working my brush as far into the center. I followed the same procedure with the smaller square frame, but kept the coloring on this frame a lot lighter. Because I also wanted to highlight the dimension, I distressed just the outer edge of this second frame with Early Espresso ink using a sponge dauber.
I cut three pieces of the ¼” Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim to embellish two corners of my smaller frame and add a bow to the top right corner. Once I had this trim adhered, I was ready to piece it all together.
I placed Dimensionals around the open area of the larger frame and adhered my stamped image with the colored door to the back of the frame. I then placed foam adhesive strips around the outer edge of this layered piece to attach it to the base. Dimensionals were also placed on the back of the cut out bicycle, tree and hanging planter, which were then adhered over the same images on the first stamped piece. I then adhered the smaller square frame to the other layers, centering this frame on the larger framed piece. I added metallic pearls to the bicycle wheels and on the top left corner of the framed image.
To complete my picture, I stamped my sentiment “Your friendship feels like home to me” onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock in Early Espresso ink and punched it out with the Label Me Fancy Punch. I also punched a label from Early Espresso cardstock, cut this label in half and adhered half to the top back of my punched sentiment and half to the bottom creating a framed matted sentiment that I adhered to the bottom right corner of my picture.
There are a lot of people I would claim as friends, but I think there are fewer that fit this sentiment – friends that feel like home, friends that know who you are and love you because of and in spite of who you are. Friends you feel comfortable with. As I thought about what qualities and experiences make that kind of friendship, my thoughts turned inward a bit asking myself if I’m that type of friend, and how can I continue to grow in being that kind of friend. I’m grateful for how those friendships have impacted my life!
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