My husband and I relocated 5 years ago but even before then my friend and I hadn't lived too near each other as she was in West Texas and I was in North Dallas, Texas. But we communicated often via e-mail mostly. Because we have moved several times with my husband's job, I know how really important it is to stay in touch, keep contact and keep those friendship fires burning. I don't even know anymore how many cards I've sent to her. But I do know that sometimes, the five minutes at the mailbox is the only tiny little break of enjoyment she gets in the course of a day. When I started, my cards were okay, but they really weren't anything special. Now I delight in surprising her with new techniques and fresh designs. She hasn't had time, space or her belongings to do any papercrafting in a few years although I think she would consider it therapeutic.
Yesterday, I posted a new technique that I had tried the previous evening. I played with the same technique this morning because I had a couple of cards to make and I wanted to try this out in a bit more of a practical application.
To make this card, I used Stampin' Up's new Heavy Whisper White Cardstock. The ink and the background panel are both Stampin' Up in Tempting Turquoise. I frequently treat my cardstock in order to give it a shimmer or twinkle.
Once I had completed the stenciling on the base white panel, I took my Versa Mark and inked up a 2 x 4 inch scrap piece of the turquoise, applied the Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder from Judikins and heat set it. Once that was done I cut the larger center diamond and the two smaller diamonds from a set of Quickutz Diamond Dies that I have had for several years. The diamonds were popped up on the panel with foam squares for the added dimension. I love this Mama Elephant "Friend" die cut! I cut just a single layer of the die in Shimmer White Cardstock that came from Creative Memories several years ago. I kind of arranged the sentiment how I wanted it to go on the card and then I was careful to put Tombow Mono Multi only where it would be attached to the raised diamond panels. I finished it off with a few sequins from the Rhythm and Blues 8 mm Collection and Wild Peacock 5 mm Sequins. I like using 2 or 3 sizes on a single card just for the asymmetrical feel. This is a side view of the card showing the various layers of dimension.