Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend and had fun watching the Super Bowl (if that’s your thing). I was not a fan of either team, but my kids and I like to have a mini Super Bowl party. We have snacks and a football pool. My husband won the first quarter, my youngest won the 2nd, and my middle son won the 3rd quarter and end of game gift cards! My oldest and I were not so lucky.
This week you might find that my projects a little more simple than normal. I have lost my creative mojo this week. You see, when I married my hubby, I felt like I also married his two best friends. I used to call them the Three Caballeros, like the Disney version with Donald Duck. My husband has known one since Kindergarten and the other from work from before we married. At one point they all worked together and there was never a shortage of shop talk when we would all go out together for dinners or celebrations. I was the only girl and luckily I understood the chip head speak, but I did get bored sometimes and complain. On Saturday morning, we got the news that one of my caballeros earned his angel wings after a long fight with cancer. I had gone to see him on Thursday and Friday despite the awful weather, but I am glad I did. We visit the dying not for ourselves, but to let them know that they are loved.
A Touch of Ink is a beautiful set that was made for sympathy cards and “gentle” cards. My son, unknowingly, picked this set on Friday, and little did I know that it would be difficult to work with because of what happened. However, I am finding it easier to work with than I would with a happy and fun set right now. I would not be able to give a fun set the justice it deserves during this mourning period.
This set comes with the most beautiful two-step butterfly.
For the filler image, I did the Ink Smooching technique. Instead of pressing the paper into the spritzed ink, I pressed my stamp in it to collect the ink, like you would a stamp pad. It is really light, but it is so soft, like a butterfly’s touch. On top of that I stamped the detailed stamp in Smoky Slate. I did not want the harsh outline that Tuxedo Black would give. I wanted to keep this card light. I used my Layering Square Dies to cut it and the Highland Heather mat layer out.
For the card front background I used the new Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. I am not quite sure which folder is my favorite yet, this one or the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. They add so much texture to the card without taking away from the stamped images.
I was so excited to finally be able to use my new Double Oval Punch (that I won in a drawing on the Stampahowlics blog) for my sentiment. The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate and layered with Highland Heather. The leaves behind the sentiment are from the Forever Flourishing Dies and I highlighted them with a Blending Brush and Highland Heather ink. Don’t forget to add the gems! For as much as I love the clear gems in the Flowers for Every Season Gems pack I better buy more before they are gone!
The butterfly and the sentiment were popped up using Foam Adhesive Strips.
I think today’s project will be sent to the wonderful people at the Hospice center, who took care of my dear friend.
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