Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Simply Lit

We've lived in our house for over 10 years now, and during that time we've relied on our super lawnman, both for his hard work at keeping our property looking decent and for his friendship. He recently gave us a lamp (his landlord gave it to him, and he decided he didn't need it, and he knows I do a lot of crafting that strains my eyes) and yesterday I finally put it together and it's perfect! So I decided to make him & his wife a special card. I was literally finishing it up when he came by... my husband spoke to him while I finished it up! I wanted to keep it really simple yet elegant & fun, and I'm pleased with the result.

Due to a embossing tragedy, this plastic embossing folder has a big dent in it; but I really like its "electric" design, so I went ahead & used the embossing folder on a piece of letterpress paper and then cut an aperture with a circle die. I backed it with another piece of letterpress paper before inking it.

I inked a Hero Arts gradient background stamp with drops of Sunshine alcohol ink, spritzed it, and stamped directly on the piece several times.

The light bulb was cut on my Silhouette Cameo from glittery blue adhesive vinyl; I added the heart-shaped element using SCAL software.

The sentiment is from the Let It Shine set from Verve Stamps (you can see my many uses of this set here), and I inked it with QQ Navy chalk ink & TH Faded Jeans distress ink to give it full coverage over the yellow ink.

Had lots of fun with this project, and my new lamp really helped too!

Country View Crafts' Challenge: 30 mins or under
Less Is More #317: Sketch 19
Ooh La La Creations: Embossing (dry)

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  1. Your lawnman sounds like a wonderful asset and fully deserving of this lovely card! Great embossed background which goes with the lightbulb perfectly, and I really like your use of Alcohol Ink with a stamp. Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More :)

  2. great CAS card - thanks for joining us at CVC and good luck! Hugs rachel x

  3. This is a terrific card and I love how the yellow inking looks like light radiating out from the light bulb. It wa a good choice to go with the slightly broken embossing folder because that pattern really is a good match for the image. Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More xx

  4. Great card, love the embossing and I am sure your lawnman would have been very please and enjoyed the fun element of you design. Thank you for sharing with us at Ooh La La and good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member x

  5. What a fun and eye-catching design. Love your light-bulb against all that golden glow and I'm sure your lawnman will love it too. A great take on our sketch and thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week.

  6. Very cool design! Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La!

  7. Just brilliant ! Love this card and I'm sure your lawnman did too! When CAS works, it just works so well...evidenced by the card above. Thanks for playing at OLL, Jx

  8. What a great design! I love the texture from the embossing folder and the way you have used the yellow radiating out from the bulb. Thank you for playing along with us at Less is More :)


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