Today is a very special day. Along with 17 other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, I’m participating in a Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop. You might be starting the hop here, or you may have hopped over from Betty Button’s blog at Betty’s Stampin Stuff. Either way, I hope you enjoy the project I am sharing, and I hope you’ll continue hopping along to the other blogs after you finish enjoying my post.
While autism hasn’t touch my life directly, I am certain it has a huge impact on the lives of many around me. While I am an advocate for research and remedies to ailments, I’m also a strong proponent of embracing the life we have and those around us – each and every one of us is lovely and amazing in our own way. As such, I’m happy to share with you today and hope you’ll consider supporting Lee Conrey’s fundraising efforts for the Autism Society (link below). In addition, I’ll happily donate 20% of all online between the time this post is live through midnight EST on Saturday, April 11.
Here’s my clean and simple card (the front of the card measures 4″ x 6-1/4″):
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Blue. Blue is the awareness color for autism. As such, I’ve created a fun card that showcases 7 Stampin’ Up! shades of blue, along with a super-wonderful sentiment from Lovely Amazing You. The colors shown (from the base of the card front to the top) are Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Softy Sky. There are other shades of blue in the Stampin’ Up! family, but this combination seemed to really flow well to create a ombre effect on the background of this card.
- Background Stamp. The background of this card front is created with Chalk Lines, a photopolymer stamp set. Photopolymers are completely see-through, so they allow for a perfect lineup. Ink up, stamp, clean, ink up, stamp clean (and repeat five more times), and you’re done. Woo hoo! Here are the four images included in this stamp set:
- Border Repetition. I love to create consistent borders on my cards. A thin border of Night of Navy runs around the background and runs around the focal point circle. A thick border of Marina Mist runs around both of those popped up elements. The repetition of borders adds to the clean appeal of the finished card. The Marina Mist circle looks as though it might be punched from the card front, but it’s not – it’s just glued down to the page of hearts. Yippee! Let’s hear it for optical illusion!
Stamp Sets: Lovely Amazing You, Chalk Lines Papers: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White Inks: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Softy Sky Accessories: 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
AUTISM FACT: In the United States, one in 98 boys are diagnosed with autism, and 24,000 people are diagnosed with autism for the first time every year.
The next stop in the Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop is Amanda Sevall’s blog at Amanda Sevall Designs. I hope you’ll hop over to see what she has to share.
Thanks for stopping by today!