Friday, January 18, 2013

Amazing Grace

I first held respect for this hymn when my Great Grandmother was alive (she lived to be 102) and she claimed it as her favorite.  As I grew, I became amazed at the depth of its meaning.

This is a set of cards I made for my husband's office manager. Since she actually sends cards, I made them thin and sendable by keeping most of the stamping on one layer.
I used these steps to do this:

  • The butterfly is a negative mask made by die cutting a piece of office paper.  
  • I used office paper since it is thin and would allow the music stamp to fill the details.  
  • I then lined up another negative mask, this one cut into cardstock so it would be sturdy. I sponged ink to further emphasize the butterfly shape.
  • The colorful flourish is stamped using reinkers and custom stamp pad technique. You can see this technique HERE.
  • The second step of the flourish (it is a 2-step stamp) I inked it with VersaMark Ink (embossing ink will do) then clear embossed it.  
  • I didn't have clear/glitter embossing powder so I sprinkled the embossed area with fine clear glitter and heated the card from underneath.  This re-melted the embossing powder sticking the glitter to the powder.
So that it like three layers on one piece of cardstock!  Lots of visual dimension but very light weight!


  • Stamps: two part flourish 01; music background; amazing grace; All from Rubbernecker Stamp Co.
  • Ink: StazOn Jet black; Tim Holtz distress ink: Antique Linen, Faded Lipstick; Peeled Paint; Scattered Straw, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans; Dusty Concord; VersaMark;
  • Paper: Cardstock (white, black and kiwi)
  • Accessories: Cut-n-dry Stamp pad; foam tape, Spellbinders dies; clear embossing powder, fine/clear glitter, foam tape;
I hope Melissa likes these!
Thanks for stopping by!!

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