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Grab Bag

August 4, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m working on cleaning my craft space, and using backgrounds I made months ago.  Anytime I start a project and run out of time, it goes into a box near my desk called the grab bag.  Today I pulled out a background, and I’m going to finish it.

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

This is my starting point.  I stamped Simon Says Stamp’s Spring Flowers onto watercolor paper with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.  Then I used my Distress Inks to watercolor the flowers with a messy hand.  I learned this technique in an online class by Mayuri from Candles in the Garden.  It’s an easy, fast way to make a background, and as busy as I am this summer, that’s a good thing!

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

I trimmed down the panel with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says stamp, and next I needed a place for my sentiment.  This is a part of a nesting die set from Simon Says Stamp, but lots of companies sell similar dies.  And if you don’t have a heart die, use whatever you have.  A flower, a circle or a butterfly would all look great on this background.  I’m holding it in place with some Post-It tape while I run it through my die cut machine.

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I placed the panel on my turquoise card base, and traced the heart lightly with a pencil.  It’s a lot easier to stamp the sentiment if you’re not worried about getting ink or embossing powder on your panel.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Wild Bloom stamp set, and heat embossed it in white.  Don’t forget to erase your pencil lines (ask me how I know!).

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

Next I added 3M foam tape to the back of the panel.  It’s important to support the panel all the way around, especially if you’re planning to mail it.  This step is optional, but it does add a pop to this simple card.

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

I attached my panel to the card base, and added a few sequins from Darice as a final touch.  In case you can’t see it in the photo, I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Dusty Concord to paint in the flowers.

Do you have a grab bag for unfinished art projects?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon!

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