Every month I create a card and message for the young men and women in my local church who are serving full-time missions for the Lord. I admire them so much for giving up 18-months to two years of their life to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the areas they are called to serve. It is hard work and they experience difficult times, but they persevere because they love the Lord. This month’s theme was “You Can Do Hard Things.” I have a couple of Penny Black stamp sets that are perfect for these kind of encouragement cards. This month I used Hope Shines. I also wanted to experiment with creating watercolor background using Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders and they turned out beautiful. The orange background was sent to the young men and the purple and teal to the young women. I hope it encourages them to trust in the Lord.
For the orange background I started with dry Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then sprayed water to move the colors. With the purple and teal I started with wet paper and added to dry powders. Both methods work really well.
Once the background were completely dry I die cut them using the second largest My Favorite Things A2 Set A Stitched Rectangle. They were applied to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Be Creative Tape. Since the paper warps a little from adding so much water this strong adhesive really helps to flatten the panel to the cardbase.
The sentiment was stamped onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Hero Hues India Ink Black and die cut using a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle. It was then adhered to the watercolor paper with Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Gun, another strong bonding adhesive.
- Penny Black Hope Shines
- Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow (Masculine)
- Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet (Feminine)
- Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle
- My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
- Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
- Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
- Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
- Hero Hues India Ink Black
- Be Creative Tape
- Scotch ATG Adhesive