Friday, February 17, 2017

The Hands of Time - Celebrating 2013

I'm so happy to be celebrating the year 2013 as it was a banner year for one of my favorite non-floral stamp sets, Hands of Time. There's also a Clock Face Die and Hands of Time Die, each available separately. This set is so classic and elegant and I love using it.

I love clocks, especially ones that have Roman Numerals!  The particular clock image that I used today normally requires multiple stampings to get all of the numbers and other details stamped onto it. The set includes a smaller clock than only requires two stamps to get the clock face and numbers done, but I wanted to use the bigger one today.  I usually like bigger and bolder graphics.

I wanted to make a card in different colors from the one I posted on my blog back on January 29, 2016 which was done in pink and coral and definitely had a feminine feel to it.  To start today's card, I did ink blending using Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch on Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper. Once I had the ink blending done I gave it a little spritz with some Tsukineko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. and then heat set it for a minute to let that dry since I was planning to heat emboss the clock.  Distress inks tend to stay a bit wetter than some other inks and I wanted clean, crisp embossing. Once I was sure it was dry, I stamped the clock face in Versamark and heat Embossed it with Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  Each of the Roman numerals for the large clock face are stamped individually if you are using an acrylic block. But since I last stamped them last year, I have acquired a MISTI Stamping Tool which let me lay all of the numbers down in their place, pick them up with the door of the MISTI and then ink them up all at once with Versamark. Once I stamped them, I heat embossed in the Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  This took much less time than lining up each Roman Numeral one at a time and stamping it.  In fact, it was so easy, I'm thinking I might do another one of these yet today.

Next I cut the Hands of Time Die which gives you the clock hands and stamped the sentiment then heat embossed it. The sentiment reads, "Time allows the heart to grow fonder".  I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and mounted it to a Dark Indigo Card Base. Like Black or White, Navy is another classic. Anytime I use a dark colored card base, I put a light colored panel on the inside to write on. It makes for a nice finishing touch.

This card was so simple it seemed like I was cheating to make this beautiful card. That is one of the things I like most about Papertrey Ink - their stamps are very much my style and have a classic and timeless appeal.  The kits are the same way but are even easier with their coordinating papers.  Effortless is a good way to describe their stamp sets.

I hope you've enjoyed this card.  It's not a new design but rather a timeless one. Be sure to stop over at the Papertrey Ink (Nichole Heady's) Blog to see all of the gorgeous projects from the Design Team and customers as well.  Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll come back soon.


  1. So, so beautiful Vicki! Gold and your blues = gorgeous coloring!

  2. Woefully behind on my commenting, but this Hands of Time card is FABULOUS Vicki and just had to stop by and let you know how beautiful it is! LOVE your really makes that gold clock face pop!! Your other cards have been equally as beautiful too...really loved your Lily of the Valley card!! :0)

  3. Wow!!! This is stunning! The gold and blues are such a lovely and striking combination!


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