I love when an idea comes to mind the moment I first see a sketch, but I also welcome the challenge of sorting through thousands of possibilities when a sketch is super-simple. Both are very different challenges that spark my mind in different ways. This week’s FabFriday sketch is super-simple – a band and a shape. I was inspired to make this card:
And here’s the Fab Friday sketch that inspired by card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Color Selection. Sympathy cards shouldn’t be filled with lots of colors. One, OK. Two, sure. For my taste, I think sympathy cards should be soothing or uplifting so neutrals work best. What do you think? I reached for Crumb Cake but forced myself to use Sahara Sand. The combination of Sahara Sand and Early Espresso works well for me. I fought my urge to add Very Vanilla or Whisper White. Stuck with those two and happier for it.
- No Ink. I would like to point out (in case you aren’t alert enough to notice – maybe it’s too early in the morning, or maybe it’s too late in the afternon. Whatever the reason, I don’t want you to be alertless.) that no ink was used in the creation of this cardfront. All images are heat embossed with Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
- Expiration Date? Does embossing powder have an expiration date? I think it generally has a shelf-life of about one or two years, but it can last longer if it’s stored properly (airtight container). It doesn’t spoil or start to smell bad – it just loses a little bit of its embossing ease. This powder is almost three years old – I really had to work the heat gun to get it to heat up. I guess I’ll add some more to my next order… Here’s how I store my powders:
Stamp Sets: Love & Sympathy, Everything Eleanor, World of Dreams Papers: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso Accessories: Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Neutrals Candy Dots (Sahara Sand), Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you will pop over to the FabFriday site to see the other cards by the other designers.
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