Monday, March 9, 2020

Hold On to Hope

Easter is almost here... (spring time, flowers, temperate weather... pollen); it's still one of my favorite times of the year.  I'm currently playing with the Hold on to Hope stamp set and coordinating Cross of Hope dies from Stampin' Up!

I started out with a 4" x 5 1/2" white card base.

Then, on a scrap piece of white cardstock, I stamped the sentiment with Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.  The cross was stamped on a scrap piece of pearlized white cardstock.  Since the ink takes longer to dry on pearlized paper, I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.  (I'm sure a heat embossing tool will work the same, but the hair dryer was easier to find.) 

Then, I used an aqua painter brush to color the floral stamp in Melon Mambo, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green ink.  

A stamping platform (like the Stamparatus seen above) was especially helpful for stamping the flowers and leaves a different color.  By keeping the paper and stamp in the same position at all times, I was able to color and stamp each section of the floral image as many times as necessary to make the color as light, or as dark, as I wanted.  Then, using a die cutting and embossing machine, I cut out all three images with the coordinating Cross of Hope dies.

A piece of 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" white cardstock was embossed with a floral designed embossing folder.  This would serve as the first background layer.

Next, I cut out Balmy Blue cardstock using the 2" x 3 1/4" Stitched Rectangle die.  Then, I ran it through the machine again, and embossed it with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

I used the largest Stitched So Sweetly rectangle die to cut out a piece of Pear Pizazz cardstock.

With Snail Adhesives, I layered the embossed background paper, and colored paper cut outs, as shown.  

Then, I adhered the stamped cut outs with Stampin' Dimensionals, as shown.  For a final touch, I added Noble Peacock Rhinestones to the corners of the scallop edged rectangle.

I think this is one of my favorite cards so far!  It came together so beautifully!!  This will be submitted in CAS(E) this Sketch #362, and the Alphabet Challenge.

If you liked today's post, please leave a comment below; I'd love to read your thoughts on this project!

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Please continue to scroll down to see pictures of some of the supplies I used; and thanks for stopping by!
Hold on to Hope Stamp Set

Cross of Hope Dies

Stitched Rectangles Dies

Stitched So Sweetly Dies

Granny Apple Green Ink Pad

Mango Melody Ink Pad

Melon Mambo Ink Pad

Balmy Blue Cardstock

Granny Apple Green Cardstock

Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
Aqua Painter


  1. A very pretty card. Happy Easter. Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges, we hope to see you visit us again. Caz. DT

  2. Love this - great to see some of the SU dies I've got in action!

    Thanks for sharing with us at the Alphabet Challenge.

    Helen x

    1. Thanks, Helen! I can see many uses for this stamp set.

  3. This card is very nice. It also expresses faith to those who read it and we all could use a little of that! Yes, God is Love. Thank you for shareing this beautiful card!

    1. I'm glad you like it, Pat; and thank you for taking the time to share your comments. Take care of yourself, and stay healthy!

  4. Thank you very much for sharing! I have been asked to create 2 8.5 x 11 cards for a deacon's ordination, and I can used some of your ideas for that card. Great job!

    1. Have fun making this card, Sue. We can all use the distraction, and purpose to do good. Thanks for your help!