Hello and happy Wednesday!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. Here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, we’ve been teased by Mother Nature with some gorgeous spring weather the past few days with temperatures in the 70’s. Unfortunately, winter’s not quite done with us yet. We’re on tap for more snow and cold temperatures this weekend. Yuck!

For today’s card, I wanted to play on the SHINE sentiment from the new Dare 2B Artzy Shine stamp set. I think this is a great sentiment to create projects for anyone needing some encouragement.

I decided to use a bold stripe stencil from my stash and cut a piece of 110lb cardstock to 4 x 5. I knew that I was going to use the stencil to create some bold embossed lines on the cardstock, but I wanted it to have a grungy, unfinished look to it. To do that, I used some Post-it tape to hold my stencil in place on my cardstock.

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Next, I used my Versamark pad and ran it across the stencil at an angle. So in the upper left corner, I was laying down very little ink and as I got to the bottom of the stencil I was placing ink all the way across the bottom line of the stencil. I sort of inked the stencil at a right angle. I made sure that I went over it a couple of times so that there would be a generous amount of Versamark on my cardstock.

Once I was happy with the inking, I used some Hero Arts silver embossing powder and sprinkled it across the entire cardstock. To create the grungy, unfinished look, I used a fan brush and carefully tapped it along the areas with the embossing powder on them. This knocked off some of the embossing powder and created the unfinished, sparse areas. When I was happy with the amount of powder left, I zapped it with my heat tool.

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For the Dare 2B Artzy images, I stamped two of the flowers that had the stems and leaves with some black ink and colored them using my Copic markers. I kept the colors simple using just 2 markers for each shade of pink, orange and yellow on the flowers and two shades of green for the leaves. When I was finished coloring, I cut the flowers using the matching die set. I really like the way that you can layer these flowers on your card and intertwine the leaves. It gives such an interesting effect to them and it looks a lot like flowers actually grow in the garden.

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I’d originally thought that I was just going to layer the colored flowers on the embossed background, but when I laid out my card design, I felt that it needed a bit more color. I sponged on some pink and orange ink, keeping it very bold and vibrant and the bottom and gradually lighter towards the top of the card. I think that pop of color on the background against the flowers makes all the difference.

Keeping the sentiment simple, I decided to stamp and heat emboss the SHINE sentiment with the same Hero Arts silver embossing powder.

I layered my panel onto some silver cardstock with a geometric pattern in it and added it to a top folding white card base made from Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock.

To add a finishing touch, I added some silver sequins to the card front.

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I think this card turned out so cute! I love the grungy look to it with the bright colors on the Dare 2B Artzy flowers paired with the Shine sentiment.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card for Dare 2B Artzy and are inspired to try out this Shine stamp and die set on your next project.

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