Friday, May 22, 2020

Encouragement Card | Picket Fence Studios - "Sunshine Friends" | Alphabet Challenge "D" is for Dry Embossing

Sending paper hugs out today!

We have a great new challenge beginning today over on the Alphabet Blog - "D" is for Dry Embossing! There are so many different ways to use this technique and the one I chose was to use a stencil as my embossing/printing tool!

I recently bought several of the older "Sunshine Friends" Stamp Sets from Picket Fence Studios and the one I used is called "You Are My Sunshine!", which was released in 2018. This was my first order with Picket Fence and I was so surprised to find a free gift included in my package - the "Triangle Collage Stencil". This is such a nice image and it reminded me of sun rays and so I decided to use it as my sunny background behind the main image! Thanks to the Picket Fence Folks for this lovely gift!

I ink blended my main panel with Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Oxides, spattered it with pearlized ink and die cut it with an A2 stitched rectangle die; this panel was glued onto a top-folding A2 card base. 

The stencil was lightly inked with the same inks, carefully placed onto a piece of white card stock and run through my die cutting machine - this created an embossed/inked image that has a letter press feel. I spattered this panel, die cut it with MFT's Elegant Rectangle Die and glued it onto the card front. The sunshine girl was stamped, colored and fussy cut. I heat embossed the sentiment with white powder on black card stock and trimmed it to size. I popped both of these images into place with foam tape and added light yellow sequins to the circular points on the embossed stencil. I love that this looks like happiness is radiating around her!

I used the stencil in the traditional way to ink blend a positive background to the inside and it was a cool effect when you opened the card...I love it when a plan comes together! Yippee!

Thanks so much for joining me today and head over to the Alphabet Challenge Blog to see the great projects and inspiration from the Design Team!

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  1. This is adorable ! So beautifully designed!

  2. my goodness, teamie...this is adorable!

    hugs and kisses from Germany

  3. brilliant make Rachelle need to try using an embossing folder this way

  4. This is the perfect card for these trying times. I love it!

  5. Rachelle, I love your friends - and every single element of your darling design!
    OH do I miss hugs... especially yesterday when 6 feet away from my birthday girl, her little sister, and their momma!

  6. Love your background, really makes your image stand out! Thanks for joining Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  7. Awesome card design using your positive stenciled image for the background for your cute "Sunshine Friend" and then cleverly used a monoprint of your stenciled image for the inside of your card. TFS and joining us Rachelle at STAMPlorations Stencil. Hugs..Nancy

  8. Ooh, that's an original idea. I love how it turned out. I need to try this with my stencils. Thanks for the inspiration. Love Dawn x

  9. Aw, this is cute inside AND out...what a fun image and awesome stencil!! And of course, we all wish we could hug one another! Thanks for playing with our Retro Rubber challenge this week!

  10. Cute card. Thanks for entering your wonderful creation in our Feminine Challenge" at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight.

  11. Awww this is adorable Rachelle!! I love that sweet little image and the gorgeous stenciled you used! What an awesome technique, I will try this for sure, stunning effect!
    Hugs, Tammy

  12. Super cute card Rachelle, Perfect for these crazy times that we are going through. Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog. I have been enjoying looking at some of your latest creations. So much talent. I am happy to say that I am now a follower of yours. Happy day to you and stay safe!

  13. I wish I could hug this cutie pie too, Rachelle, such a sweet image, perfect to send a hug to anybody in need of one.
    Love your geometric stenciled background, it shines like a bright sun behind this little flower.
    Thank you for playing along with us at RETRO RUBBER.
    Stay safe and healthy.

  14. This is SO FUN!! I would love to hug people too. I love the stenciled background and how nice that it was a freebie. Thanks for joining us this time at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

  15. Cute card. What caught my eye first was the cheeks of the little flower pot. So adorable. Thanks for sharing with STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge.

  16. Super cute Rachelle! Love the cute image and stenciling well done. Thanks so much for your lovely creation entered in STAMPLorations May Stencil Challenge. Hope to see you again this month. Have a wonderful day :)
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