Expressions of HSSSC365

Today’s share is inspired by the Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge 365. When you’re having trouble with your creativity it’s helpful to find a sketch to jump start your creating. Hand Stamped Sentiments could be a great place to start! Hope you’ll link on over and give this sketch a try.

To recreate this one begin with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Pear Pizzazz base. Add two strips 1 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ of the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Paper to each side using Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. Add a 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ strip of Magenta Madness card stock scored at 4 1/4″ to the center of the card front. Add a 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″ piece of Pear Pizzazz to the center of the card front only applying adhesive to the Magenta Madness strip. Add two pieces of 9/16″ x 2 3/4″ Pear Pizzazz card stock to the Magenta Madness strip at the top and bottom. I embossed each for texture before applying.

For the focal point I began with a 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ Basic White card base that I added Tear and Tape to the outside edges. I applied Gilded Leafing to the tear and tape to make a beautiful gold border. The next layer is 2 3/4″ x 4″ of Basic White that I’ve applied the faux linen technique. I applied a water color wash and splattering of Polished Pink to the tissue paper before I crinkled it up and applied it to the Basic White layer covered with an Adhesive Sheet. I wrapped an Open Weave Polished Pink Ribbon around this layer and attached a faux bow to the left side. The blossom was stamped using Magenta Madness and Just Jade with

Gilded Leafing in the center and applied to the faux linen layer using Dimensionals. The greeting from Artistically Inked was stamped using Versamark and embossed with White Embossing Powder. Apply this finished layer to the card base using Dimensionals.

The inside packs a WOW with the smaller Magenta Madness and Just Jade blossom applied to a 4″ x 2 1/2″ Basic White Panel to write your special message. It’s beautiful inside and out just like you! Thanks for popping by to check out my share for today. Don’t forget to link up your play of the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments. A new sketch goes up every other Tuesday.

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Happy Stamping,

Dacia Smith

Expressions in Ink Accordion Card

I’m working with the Expressions in Ink Suite this weekend. It’s featured on the cover of the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. The color selection for the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Paper includes Polished Pink, Magenta Madness, Pale Papaya, Gold Foil, Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, Just Jade, Shaded Spruce and Evening Evergreen. The gold foil accents are stunning, a must have for your crafting stash. All the paper selections are so gorgeous it was hard to decide which to slice into first.

For this one I began with a Just Jade card base of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 2″, 3 1/8″, 5 3/8″ and 6 1/2″ on the landscape side. Folded it up, down, down and then up again to form an accordion. Folded flat it is a little smaller than a card front so it fits inside a standard Medium Envelope. I chose three coordinating patterns of the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Paper and went to work decorating the panels. For the focal point/center panel, I attached a 1 3/4″ x 5″ piece of designer paper to a 2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock. Next I used a 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Basic White attached to a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Evening Evergreen. The greeting was stamped in Evening Evergreen and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for a real WOW! The greeting is from the stamp set Beauty of Friendship. The flowers were from Artistically Inked and stamped in Magenta Madness and Just Jade with one of the blossoms on Dimensionals. The inner panels measure 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ and include the gold and white striped designer paper. The two outside panels are 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ of Evening Evergreen and 1 1/2″ x 5″ of the designer paper.

Since the card doesn’t open and close, I placed a 2″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White panel on the back side of the center panel with another Magenta Madness blossom.

This type of fun fold card works great as a beautiful display for the recipient’s special occasion. Wouldn’t it look great sitting in their kitchen window or table next to their favorite chair. We send over 100 cards a month to elderly who are confined to home because of their health or the inability to drive. They find the cards to be such a great source of encouragement. I want to give this accordion fun fold a try for the July mailing.

I found inspiration for this card from Julie Davison over at Julie’s Stamping Spot. She has a great how to video if my instructions aren’t clear. Hope you’ll consider giving this card a try. You can substitute another suite or work with the Expressions in Ink. I’d love for you to tag me when you share your creation.

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Happy Stamping,

Dacia Smith