Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Faith is the Strength" for SOUS Card Sketch

Our dear and sweet owner of ScrapThat! has had sadness touch her life this week with the passing of her beloved brother. I have sent Kaitlyn this card I created as a word of encouragement. Because I mailed it, I tried to created some layers and visual dimension without the thickness of my normal flowers.

"Faith is the Strength"

Inside View

I used this lovely sketch over at SOUS.
As you can see, I rotated and flipped the sketch.

Tips and Techniques: 

Lolipop Flower ~ This technique has been around for as long as I've been scrapping and still creates some lovely flowers. Cut circles in 1/2 inch increments, crinkle the paper, and glue the centers together. The sweet center is a vintage button from a tin of buttons given to me by my DH's cousin, Debbie Clapper - Thanks Debbie!! 

Color Work ~ I wanted these sweet flowers on the background paper to pop, so I used my Picket Fence Distress Marker to color the flowers. Since it is opaque, it really highlighted these sweet gems in such a lovely way

Layers ~ One of the Spring in Bloom Donna Salazar papers was die cut with gorgeous paper ribbons. I cut a strip of the pink to layer over the teal music paper and atop them all is the beautiful lace. 

Sentiment ~ I stamped this sentiment with Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Ink, then while still wet, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set. I then hand cut this little banner around the sentiment and distressed the edges adding a couple pearls to accent. 

Inside ~ The December 26, 2012 Word Art Wednesday quotation by Helen Keller gives such an encouraging message. I printed it in the center of a sheet of copy paper. I then cut out a 6 x 6 inch printed square of Donna Salazar Antiquities Artistic Paper and applied repositionable tape to the back. Using a light box, I positioned the paper over the sentiment and adhered it in place. I ran both through my printer to get the sentiment on the card exactly how I wanted it. I then trimmed the piece to fit the card and distressed the edges with my Distrezz-It-All. 

Products Used:
DSD Spring in Bloom ~ Flight
DSD Spring in Bloom ~ White Roses
DSD Spring in Bloom ~ Springtime Ribbons
DSD Spring in Bloom ~ Spring Journal Cards
DSD Spring in Bloom ~ Artistic Papers, Antiquities
Zing Embossing Powder - Clear
DSD Mix'd Media Inx - Indigo
Distress Marker - Picket Fence
Inky Antics Clear Stamps - Mighty Tower
Want2Scrap Say It With Baby Bling - Pearls
Vintage Button - Stash
Cotton Lace - Stash
Word Art  ~ December 26, 2012 WAW Word Art
DSD Distrezz-It-All
Scotch ATG
Helmar 450 Adhesive
Glossy Accents
Fiskars Circle Cutter
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

I pray that this card will express my heartfelt sympathies.

I have entered this at:
Stuck on U Sketches March 6 Card Sketch
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #71 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Oh this is a really beautiful card Tracey.. and thanks for using a SOUS card sketch!!

  2. This is soooooooooo gorgeous! I love love love those flowers ....the little ones and that big one!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

  3. How thoughtful of you to create this card, Tracey! I hope that your comforting message sees her through the difficult times.

  4. LOVE the palette of this beauty, Tracey, and how you've emphasized the blossoms is pure genius! LOVE it!

  5. Stunning card with such precious wording. Love the layered lolipop flower.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  6. This is beautiful,Tracey. I love the colors. Thanks for the tip on making the flowers.

  7. You did some great work on this card. I really like all the elements-the flower especially.

  8. It's a beautiful card, Tracey! I'm sure she will really appreciate your thoughtfulness! Lovely sentiments inside and out!...Nancy :o)

  9. Wonderful card, love all the distressing. Thanks for joining us this week at WAW.

  10. I love it! That flower is gorgeous!

  11. super pretty card and LOVE LOVE the layered bloom!!!

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous, Tracey!! The design is so beautiful and the colors are fabulous!! The flower looks amazing!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Tracey a beautiful card, so peaceful with the comforting words and pretty flower. Im sure it will bring comfort to your friend during this difficult time!

  14. WOW! Gorgeous card Tracey! Such a lovely quote inside! I have a little surprise for you on my blog... i'm not sure if you could use some "new" old stuff :P

  15. Tracey...your card is so touching. I am sure it meant the world to your friend♥

  16. such a beautiful card Tracey with a beautiful sentiment!!

    btw I tried the embossing on the chipboard yesterday!! thanks for the tip!

  17. This is a beautiful card Tracey, it will truly be appreciated by Kaitlyn at this sad time. Loving your lollipop flower, a great idea to reduce bulk for posting. Thanks for using our sketch at SOUS for this special card of sympathy.

  18. Oh Tracey.. This card is gorgeous.. I love the lollipop flower and they sure are fun to create.. Love the sentiment you used on the inside of the card...
    thanks for sharing this with us girls over at SOUS

  19. very pretty and such a great message!

  20. Oh my goodness. I will pray for your friend, too, Tracey. Your card is so wonderful and full of love and caring.

  21. Wonderfully done, Tracey! Love your lollipops! Thanks for playing along with SOUS!

  22. this is a beautiful card! i love the torn circles flower!

  23. Beautiful card Tracey inside and out! Love the layered flower! Greetings from New Zealand!

  24. Beautiful card for your friend Tracy! I love your handmade bloom!

  25. Tracey,
    What a kind heart you have. The card is really a work of love and beauty. Everyone needs to know someone is praying for them during a difficult time.
    I am so thankful to finally have a computer even tho’ it has Windows 8 and a bilingual keyboard. It has been a very long three weeks and I have missed seeing all your beautiful work.
    God Bless you and yours,
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday

  26. So pretty! Love that flower. Thanks for playing along at SOUS!

  27. What a beautiful & thoughtful card for Kaitlyn Tracey!

  28. Super the layered bloom! ;-)

  29. Your card is beautiful~I'm sure it will be an encouragement Tracey!

  30. I'm so sorry for your friend's loss. I think that your lovely sympathy card will give her comfort and support.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'm following yours now too. :)

  31. Oh what a beauty! The flower is gorgeous! Love the papers!

  32. What a beautiful card inside and out! I am sure it meant a lot to your friend. I am sorry to hear of her loss!

  33. Beautiful card the inside sentiment
    Alison xx

  34. Girl...this is super lovely!
    And what you did with the flowers honestly totally pops!
    It looked even more then a basic printed paper and now I know why!
    That was such a smart idea to highlight like that!
    Wonderful project!

  35. Wow, great design and the handmade flower is gorgeous. Awesome job! Thanks for blessing us this week with your project at Word Art Wednesday. Have an awesome day.

    JO ANN


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