CAS14 Encouragement Card

We could all use some encouragement from time to time.  That is why the Encouragement Squad was formed.  We bring you new challenges every month with an inspiration photo, so you can make cards to brighten the day of others in your life.

The photo made me think of paint stain, which made me think of color burst, so I went to the craft room and came out with 4 CARDS!!!  It's been a long time since my creative mojo has flown like that.  You can see the first card in yesterday's reminder post.

For this card I stamped the flowers with Versamark in and sprinkled with white embossing powder, then heat set it to melt the powder.  Next I spritzed the watercolor paper with water and sprinkled on some color burst in colors matching the inspiration photo.  I spritzed more water on the areas that needed it.  I then added some concentrated color to the background and used a paint brush to spread it.

Once the panel dried I die cut out the center, so I could make 2 cards from the one piece.  I used the center panel for this card and matted it with black cardstock. To finish the card I embossed the sentiment on vellum and popped the panel up with 3-M tape.

Come back soon to see the other 2 cards I created.  In the meantime, I hope you will visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has created.  Add your own encouragement card to be eligible to win a $25 gift card to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Stamps: Pretty Posies, Powerful Words (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Basic Black, Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' Up) Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper (Ranger)
Accessories: Merlot, Violet, Ultramarine Color Burst (Ken Oliver) White Embossing Powder (WOW) Wonky Stitched Rectangle (My Favorite Things) 


Calling All Sistahs June Reminder

1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime.  I wish that statistic wasn't true, but it is.  Today I am here to remind you to do your breast self-exams and get those yearly mammograms scheduled.  Why?  Because early detection could save your life!

On this Father's Day I want to acknowledge that breast cancer doesn't only affect women.  While it is rare, men can develop breast cancer too.  I had a friend that found a lump a couple of years ago in his chest.  Thankfully the lump turned out to be benign.   Encourage your men to check themselves too.

The Encouragement Squad is here to share their lovely cards as a reminder for you and your friends.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created as well as Michele's message HERE.

Stamps: Supercalifragilistic (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz) Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Color Burst-Merlot, Violet & Ultramarine Blue (Ken Oliver) Opera Pink Watercolor (Ken Oliver) Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Opaque Bright White Superfine Embossing Powder (WOW)