Have you noticed that a lot of stuff you see on the media platforms deals with identifying and detailing all the bad stuff about a person, place, or thing? It's really disheartening. I think we need to spend more of our collective energy building people up and focusing on the positives in our lives. Life is hard enough as it is.
Today's post is a simple card that gives you the opportunity to congratulation someone for doing something great. I just love the bright and "happy" colors! You don't have to wait for someone to do something monumental to congratulate them. Certainly those monumental accomplishments should be acknowledged and celebrated; however, I think it's just as important to identify and congratulate folks for the great things they do every single day. I'm not talking about the "participation trophy" kinds of things, but about the person who goes out of their way to help another because that's just who they are. These folks will continue to do those great things whether people notice or not. I just think that we SHOULD let them know that we noticed and truly appreciate their efforts.
This card begins with a card base of Bermuda Bay cardstock. The large circle image, from the Happy Celebrations stamp set, was randomly stamped across the card front using Versamark ink.
A piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the "Happy" folder from the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions embossing folders placing the folder nearer the top edge of the cardstock so that a little more than 1/2" of cardstock is available above the top edge of the embossing. Rather than make a raised impression, the folders in the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions embossing folders deboss the cardstock--the image sinks into the cardstock. What's really fun is that stamping over and around the debossed area reveals the debossed image.
One IMPORTANT thing to remember, though, is that when you are stamping over the debossed area, the ink on the stamp over the debossed area remains on the stamp because it never touched paper. This means that if you are doing generational stamping, as is done on this card, you need to re-ink the stamp, stamp off, and then stamp the next generation for a second generation and stamp off twice and then stamp for a third generation. For this card I used Bermuda Bay ink for the small circle, Tangerine Tango ink for the small triangle image, and Crushed Curry ink for the large triangle image. I stamped each of the images first generation, second generation, and third generation once in random places one color at a time. Then I filled in the open areas as necessary repeating each of the colors in one or more of the generations at least once. You just stamp until you are "happy" with the coverage over the debossed area. [Tip: The images in the Happy Celebrations stamp set are photopolymer so it's best to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat to achieve optimal stamping results.]
The "So Very" image was stamped above the "HA" and the "For You" image was stamped below the "PY" using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. A piece of Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon was wrapped around the cardstock and tied in a knot below the "A". The bottom edge of the ribbon is 1/2" above the bottom edge of the cardstock. The cardstock was matted with a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock with 3/16" of the Tangerine Tango visible above and 1/2" visible below the Thick Whisper White and the right and left edges of the two pieces of cardstock flush. The focal point was adhered to the card front with the bottom edge of the Tangerine Tango 1/2" above the bottom edge of the card front.
The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The "celebrate" folder from the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions embossing folders was applied at the upper center of the liner to deboss the cardstock. The wide splotch image was stamped over the top of the debossed area using Crushed Curry ink. The "Let's" image was stamped above the "ce" using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
The envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope was randomly stamped with the small circle image using Bermuda Bay ink, the large triangle image using Crushed Curry ink, and the small triangle image using Tangerine Tango ink in generations of color. As with the debossed area for the card front, images that are stamped along the edges of the envelope flap will leave color on the stamp, so be sure to re-ink and stamp off once or twice for the generation color for these areas. [Tip: Place a scrap piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the ink remains only on the envelope flap.]
I hope you are enjoying your Summer weekend. My husband and I drove up to Jacksonville yesterday afternoon to have lunch with our oldest daughter and granddaughter. We don't get to see them as often as we'd like as their lives are crazy busy but treasure the time we get. It's very hard to believe that our granddaughter will be 12 years old in just a couple of weeks and starting Middle School in the Fall. Where does the time go?
Card Measurements --
Bermuda Bay: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Tangerine Tango: 4" x 4"; Thick Whisper White: 3-3/8" x 4"; Whisper White: 4" x 5-1/4"; Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon: 12"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Happy Celebrations; Inks: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White; Embellishments: Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing folders; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope