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"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." ~ Isaiah 55: 8-11



On the 'marigold' (yellow) color of this card I used a very simple technique, "bleaching". It produces a cool effect & depending on what color card stock you stamp the bleach on, you'll get a different color of bleached image. On 'marigold morning', the image bleaches out to 'apricot appeal'.

I took a paper towel & cut it to fit a plate. I then poured bleach onto the towel, but not too much! Then all you have to do is "ink" your stamp with the bleach & stamp away!!!

I stamped a whole sheet of card stock & then cut it up to make atc's. I had some left over, so I popped it onto this matchbook cover card for my secret sister!


Peek~A~Boo Card!

I made this little card for my secret sister recently! I thought it was a really "fun" card, so this is what we'll be making in my next class!

I cut a piece of cardstock lengthwise in half, to give me a piece 4 1/4 x 11. Then I scored it at 3 5/8 & 7 1/4... I folded it at the score lines. It left a little overhang, which I trimmed off.

I punched the front flap with the big tag punch & the middle flap with the word window punch. Then I just filled in the rest!


...the virtues of ATCs...

ATC = Artist Trading Cards

Recently my Big Secret Sis emailed:

"i just have to know- why ATCs? i guess i am not sure what the "value" of them is..."
My answer:

"ATCs.... are awesome! like yesterday, i needed a baby card, but i didn't have time to make one, but i had gotten an extra atc for bundle of joy recently, so I slapped it onto the front of one of the su! mini cards (that come with envelopes) and stamped a sentiment inside & viola! done! the other thing i like about them is you can get 10 of them from one sheet of cardstock, as opposed to 4 they are also economical. they can be stored in sport card pages, 9 to a page, so storage is good for them, too! there are thousands of other reasons, but i'll stop there!"

Okay I admit it~ I've become an ATC swap junkie... I "L-O-V-E" those little cards!!! Here are two I did for a swap a couple weeks ago (I was late getting them mailed- out of the blue Chance quit eating & had to visit the vet...$240....another story) anyways, they were both for technique swaps... my first attempt at Joseph's Coat (the purple one) and Mulberry Batik (the yellow one).
I say my first attempt for the Joseph's Coat... I made several others before this... but I always seemed to rub off some of the black ink, leaving light spots. After trying with a few different things (paper towel, q-tips, used dryer sheets) to wipe the ink off the embossed images, I finally got it somewhat right! I still wasn't totally thrilled with this technique, though!
As for the Mulberry Batik~ I cheat! I don't iron the embossing out... the first few times I tried it a couple months ago it didn't work so well! I don't always practice patience! I love the effect of this technique a LOT!


Color Blocking...

I tried this technique a couple months ago, after finding it on in the demo challenges forum... titled "TLC49 - Be a Blockhead! :)". It's called color blocking... & it reminds me of a Piet Mondrian painting: There are directions on the challenge page, but I used a template I created in Word. I drew a big rectangle & sized it for a card front, & then began filling it up with smaller rectangles & squares until I liked it. I printed off a few copies, & then marked it up to show what colors I would use where... and then lay the print on top of the card stock & cut through it to get my shapes. I then stamped them before pasting them down.

I created this one using circle punches, but the same technique... unfortunately I didn't have a template for this one! It would have been a lot easier!


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