Monday, April 6, 2020

Till We Meet Again B&W Blended Coloring Thank You Card

Wow! It has been a while since I've posted! The end of last year was super busy - lots of travel, including a trip to Ecuador (and the Galapagos) for five and a half weeks. Preparing for the trip (planning, getting work done before leaving, etc.) took a long time. While in Ecuador, I caught two viruses back-to-back (colds - but they almost always hit me hard because I have asthma). Then on the way back home, just to add insult to injury, I got food poisoning at the Quito airport lounge, likely from some condiments left out all night. I was home for about a month, finally feeling better, then I caught Influenza A at a board game convention. Of course not long after that the pandemic hit and now I'm sequestered inside once again. Unfortunately, we had to move my husband to another part of the house - he's a doctor and likely to be exposed. Since I'm high risk, we had to quarantine him. Well, at least we have video chat! In case you are interested, I will put one of my more compelling travel photos at the end of the post. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!


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Making the Card

1. Cut Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (I used 100lb) to 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base.

2. On a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (I used 80lb), stamp Till We Meet Again (Dreamerland Crafts) in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (leave enough room on top, bottom, and sides for die cutting). Color image with black and white colored pencils (optional: use a blender pencil to blend). Use white for the highlights and black in the shadows, leaving the paper for middle values. Use less pressure on the pencils to shade in between.

3. Die cut (or cut) image to 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches (see photo for spacing). I used Waffle Flower A7 Layers Die set to cut all the rectangles for this card. Die cut black cardstock one or two sizes up (3x5 inches). Adhere image.



4. Die cut black cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Adhere to card base. Die cut hex B&W patterned paper 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. I used My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad, Everyday Basics B&W, but any B&W paper with a small pattern will work, for example Doodlebug Design Petite Prints has some great basic patterns. Adhere to card base as shown. Adhere matted image where shown.

5. Die cut two copies of Thank You (Karen Burniston in Cahoots with Riley and Company) - one from black cardstock and one from glitter cardstock. I used Tim Holtz Deco Sheets but I believe the gold/silver version has been discontinued. Any matching glitter cardstock will work; if you can't find a light gold to match, try cream or white. Adhere the glitter Thank You to the black Thank you, offset so that it creates a slight black shadow below and to the left. Adhere to card where shown.

6. Die cut "my friend" from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock using Word Set 1 - Greetings (Karen Burniston in Cahoots with Riley and Company). Adhere where shown.

7. Adhere white enamel dots where shown.


Supplies


The photo above was taken by me while scuba diving with my husband at Gordon Rocks in the Galapagos, Ecuador. There were well over a dozen hammerhead sharks; you can't see them all in this photo. I was about 10 feet away, using a Canon camera with a fisheye lens in an underwater housing. The fisheye lens makes everything look much further away so it can get 180 degrees in the photo. As I was shooting the hammerheads, I almost missed about 7 or 8 spotted eagle rays swimming by.

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