Good morning! I'm so happy to share with you my card for the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. Our theme for Challenge #8 is "One Layer". :) I sure love a one layer card.
This card is super special to me. Almost always I make my cards with the recipient in mind. I love that it allows me to think of that person the whole time I create, and that I can add little details specific to them or to the message I am trying to send. I view cardmaking as so much more than a hobby. It is a wonderful creative avenue for me to send a piece of my heart to those I love often at times when I don't quite have the words to express all I feel, whether it be joy, or encouragement, or gratitude, or sorrow. Sometimes a card (or rather the message I am trying to convey) is so important that I pray before I even get started. That was the case with this card. I had a prayer in my heart for the ones who will be receiving this card and prayed that I would be able to create something that they would think was beautiful, that would bring a little warmth and peace and love and faith during a difficult time.
Knowing who I was making this for made it easy to gather supplies. I pulled out my Concord and 9th stamps, selected the ones that reminded me of her, and then gathered other supplies and colors that did the same. I really, really wanted to put woodgrain on here, but I actually remade this card a couple times, and the woodgrain version didn't make the cut.
I initially started coloring the flowers a few colors, but realized after finishing that card that the flowers all had to be white. I want to send a big shout out and thank you to Sandy Allnock, whose "Winter Whites" copic video tutorial (you can view it HERE) was SO helpful after struggling to try to color white flowers. And as luck would have it (or rather, little tender mercy), she even used the same Hello Lovely Stamp Set from Concord and 9th in her tutorial. Since I'm just starting to learn how to color, this tutorial was invaluable to me even when I was using a different coloring medium.
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I built my sentiment with Concord and 9th's Kindhearted and Sophisticated Script Stamp Sets. I adore the font in Kindhearted, and love that I've been able to selectively ink and combine sentiments from that set to create lots of different sentiments on cards I've made. I also love that I can literally create any sentiment I want with Sophisticated Script. And doesn't it just look beautiful when it is embossed? (Fun sidenote: the person who is receiving this card is the one who convinced me I needed Sophisticated Script in my life after she sent me a card and special wall art for my daughter's room using it.)
Right before I cleaned up, I snapped a quick photo of the supplies I used to make the card. I imagine I might want to make something similar in the future and didn't want to forget what I used. :)
This card was a bit labor intensive for me, but the awesome thing about one layer cards is that they don't have to be, so I really hope that you will join us for our One Layer Challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9, Making one layer cards is truly so satisfying to me. Make sure your next stop is the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge blog. My super talented teammates are sharing some amazing cards today!