Today I’m part of a the Encouragement Card Hop arranged by Courtney Kreeber. This is not just a video hop – it is a mixture of video and blog hop, along with some participants having sent in cards to be part of the hop. It’s very different from any other hop I’ve been in! Whilst I have written this blog post to go with my entry my stop on the hop is my video, so join us over on YouTube to hop along with us.
For my card I decided to have a go at an idea that’s been in the back of my mind for quite some time. I started by stamping the trunk from CAS-ual Fridays’ Calm and Loving, along with one of the sentiments, using Catherine Pooler Twilight ink. I then stamped the leafy portion of the tree, which on this stamp is a canopy of hearts, using Barely Beige ink for a very pale impression.
I picked out some Nuvo Drops in Bubblegum Blush and Wisteria Purple and used those to fill out all of the hearts in the arrangement. I started with the largest hearts, then filled out the smaller ones.
Once I’d completed the canopy I used Festive Berries Distress Oxide to stamp a heart beside my sentiment. I then went over it with Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Drops to give it the same dimension as the other hearts have.
I had a lot of fun making this card. As I mentioned in the video I’ve had this idea in mind for a long time and I am pleased that I was able to get around to making it. The hearts are not as neat as they could be. It might be possible to get them neater by working slower on creating them, but I think the imperfections make it look more natural. And after all, it is handmade! Don’t forget to head over to YouTube to find all the details for joining in the hop!
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