Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Challenge Spark---vintage emboss resist (hope is the thing with feathers)

This week for The Challenge Spark I requested the vintage emboss resist technique. Jane over on The White Orchid and I have started challenging each other every week to come up with a card or cards, as the case may be. We take turns choosing what the week's challenge will be. Next week, Jane is asking for a card using negative space. Like instead of using the heart you punched out, use the paper that you punched the heart out of. That's gonna be a fun one. Jane does all sorts like this!! And they're neat!

A bit about this Hope card (above). Ever since my recent Lupus diagnosis, the word "hope" has been floating around my brain, a little like these feathers. I love Emily Dickinson's poem, "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul..." Fortunately, Stampin' Up currently has these Four Feathers stamps and dies in the catalogue. Couldn't have come at a better time! 

How I did it...I stamped and embossed the feathers and Everything Eleanor flourish in clear on Very Vanilla cardstock. Then using my ever faithful brayer, I brayered Basic Gray, Dusty Dorango, Hello Honey, Soft Suede and Early Espresso inks over the embossed images. I stamped a few more flourishes in Espresso over to give it a little oomph! And then...I searched all my stamps for the word "hope". Nada. So a quick stop at Walmart fixed the problem. With the help of INKADINKADOO's spring-like stamp set, I solved it. "Hope" is embossed in gold on velum. 

For the inside of the card, I simply printed the first stanza of Emily Dickinson's poem with my computer and adhered it inside on a Basic Gray mat. 

I think I might keep this card as it speaks hope to my heart these days.


White Orchid said...

Beautiful! And that is one of my favorite quotes.

Shelley said...

This is simply amazing! I love every little detail, it's so perfectly goes together with the quote too.