May the Card Open

When I first started stamping and card making, I wasn’t so sure about how much use I’d get out of the hobby. I loved creating, but most of the major companies almost exclusively made cutesy, floral, and/or spiritual stamps. I was able to find enough that suited my style to keep me interested, but it wasn’t until I found Kindred Stamps that I realized how much more was available to me!

I was especially excited to find the Strong Maiden stamp set, allowing me to send encouraging notes of strength and resistance to my friends in a beautiful package.

I started by stamping the maidens in Catherine Pooler’s Midnight ink, a Copic-friendly ink. I proceeded to color the women in their matching handmaiden dresses and was sure to color a variety of skin tones with my Copic Markers.

Next, I used VersaMark ink to clear heat emboss the Simon Says Stamp You Matter background to each of my backing papers. The subtle remind of your personal worth felt like an important part of the overall design.

Next, I used some Lawn Fawn Chili Pepper cardstock to die cut Fancy Folded Banners and stamped a selection of sentiments from this stamp set on them in Lawn Fawn Chili Pepper ink. One thing I discovered in this process is that the Lawn Fawn inks tend to dry a little less bright than they are when wet. While I love the final color, my tone-on-tone became very difficult to read. Next time, I’ll either double- or triple-stamp the sentiment or intentionally use a darker ink for the sentiment.

You can’t really read them, but the sentiments read, “Resist,” “May the Card Open,” and “Blessed Be.”

I finished them off by attaching them to card bases made with Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb. with the “don’t let the bastards get you down” sentiment from Ink Road Stamps B*tch Please stamp set in Catherine Pooler Rouge ink.

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