Tuesday, December 8, 2015

May the Lord Bless You

12/16/2015 Update: This card placed in the Top Three at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #137.

Using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #137 as inspiration, I made a card of encouragement. This is a tile card, where the card looks as if nine tiles are imprinted with one image. A tutorial for the technique can be found HERE. I used different dimensions than used in the tutorial.

To create the tiles, a square piece (3.75" x 3.75") of cardstock was scored into nine squares (each 1.25" x 1.25"). The stamp was inked and the cardstock pressed on the stamp, taking care to avoid stamping into the scored gaps. Using a mask of scrap paper, the card was sponged to give each tile an individual look. A very light pencil line was drawn in the four scored lines to give a shadow effect.

A panel of cardstock was texture embossed and a piece of twine was wrapped and tied. This was adhered to the card base. The tiled square was adhered to a panel of DSP and backed with foam to raise it for adhering to the panel on the card base. Three pearls were added and the sentiment was stamped directly onto the card. The inside was stamped with a butterfly, leaving sufficient space for a personal note.

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Techniques: Tile card, stamping, sponging, texture embossing

Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: SU! Best Thoughts, Gina K Designs Bounty of Blessings (sentiment)
Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Stazon Jet Black
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Crisp Cantaloupe
DSP: Pistachio Pudding DSP stack
Misc.: Pistachio Pudding thick twine, Dimensionals, MS pearls, Darice EF


  1. This is a beautiful card and I'm sure will be much appreciated. I love the tile card technique. Thanks for joining us at AHSC.

  2. So pretty! What a great idea for this sketch!...thanks for playing along with Atlantic hearts!

  3. Wow Melanie! This is stunning! Your tile technique turned out perfectly, love the colors! Great design. :)

  4. love how you used that tile technique. I have never tried it before but may now. Thank you for joining us at AHSC.

  5. How pretty with the tile affect...great idea. I saw this tutorial a few days ago and never gave this card a thought, but I was keeping it in back of my mind to do it some day. I saw the sketch as a window and can't get that out of my mind...you did a beautiful job.

  6. This is really pretty - it's a great card (sorry for your friend's loss). Thanks for joining us at AHSC this week!

    Jess - DT

  7. Wow that is so pretty and such a unique take on the sketch, wonderful colours, I love everything about it! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  8. So soft and lovely! Thanks for playing at AHSC!