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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Day 2 Growing in Unity ~ Encouragment


~ DAY 2 OF GROWING IN UNITY ~

 Welcome Friends! Whether you're ready to craft or just here to  explore, I hope today finds you feeling great and full of invincible spirit! 
Wouldn't you agree though, that sometimes we all need encouragement, especially when we find ourselves in the eye of the storm.  If that is you then even just making this next project may remind you to persevere,  and this too shall pass. . .  If you know someone going through a difficult time don't underestimate how much difference a note card of encouragement can make.




If any of you have teen agers at home you know how full of storms their lives can be. This little reminder is for my teen to display on an easel in her book shelf. (She loves ocean motifs)  I loved this design so much I decided to make a card to go along with the shelf sitter.  Both are made with the same techniques but different sentiments of hope and encouragement.



My idea was to use the cascading stars as the night sky mirrored by the deep, deep, dark ocean.  Unity has SO MANY great sentiments I would love to use with this design.  Like "A Certain Darkness is needed to see the stars" or John 14:27, or "the only time you should ever look back is to see how far you've come" ~ oh, and so many more!!
For Georgia I decided on "What Lies Within Us"  Great for a teen I think!  The card quotes Aslan from the Narnia Chronicles  "Courage Dear Heart."

I started with white cardstock proportionately deeper than the ship stamp.  I embossed the stars with white ink, a sprinkle of prismatic glitter and clear embossing powder.  I then rubbed them with the various inks pictured.  I wanted the depths to be very dark! 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO SEE THEM SUPER-SIZE & READ THE NOTES


The sky is star embossed navy cardstock & the addition of a tiny bit of gold glitter for added twinkle!  The horizon is shaded with  black ink.  I then decided that the giant swirl stamp from Unity's kit "Art & Soul" would make a great looking storm.  Samped in Stampin' Up!'s Illuminate Craft Ink (a glimmer watermark), It adds a clear silvery iridescence.  I stamped it pretty heavily.




Another note about coloring: I began by brightly coloring the ship's sails. Then I realized this was a night scene, so I added shadows to them with Zig watercolor oatmeal pen.  The difference is shown at right






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A favorite song of hope ~ In The Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson.  You can hear it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sx8wTnnfSc  along with a  beautiful pictorial of all the words. 

 

HERE ARE THE DIRECT LINKS TO THE RUBBER STAMPS USED IN THESE PROJECTS:

What Lies Within Us {kom 11/14}  https://www.unitystampco.com/shop/what-lies-within-us-kom-1114/
Courage, Dear Heart https://www.unitystampco.com/shop/courage-dear-heart/
Midnight Kisses {kom 11/16}   https://www.unitystampco.com/shop/midnight-kisses-kom-1116/
Storm Swirl - Art & Soul  https://www.unitystampco.com/shop/art-soul/

42 comments:

  1. Love what you did here with combining different Unity Stamps. They are my go to for encouraging sentiments. Your stormy night sky and ocean are awesome!

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  2. The swirly wind looks very cool against the background. I agree that an encouraging sentiment can help many times. Thank you for showing us your talent.

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  3. WOW!!! this is just stunning! you have created such a beautiful bg for the ship. so eye catching! :)

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  4. Great card! I love it, and your coloring technique is very unique. I think these would make great cards of encouragement for anyone, but especially people who are deployed.

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    1. Kathy, that is such a great idea!! Thank you :)

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  5. I loved learning how you made the night sky.

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  6. OMGoodness, this is wonderful! I love the night sky and swirling storm clouds! And Unity's words of encouragement complement your creations so well! Amazing work!

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  7. I what you did with the oatmeal marker, I did last night with a beige copic so my coloring would match the patterned paper. It's a great way to get more mileage out of your markers. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Your cards are so awesome! Wonderful designs.

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  9. Wendy - love your card as I am from the ocean state and have 2 teenage daughters - Mind Blown! Thanks for the awesome guided tutorial.

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  10. This card is lovely. I like all of the color detail--the card is rich and vibrant! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Beautiful. Wonderful techniques and another stamp set goes on my wishlist,lol.

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  12. Omg! I love that storm swirl! I've not seen that stamp set. Beautiful job!

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  13. We all need encouragement!! Beautiful card! Congrats on your GIU Week. Come visit my blog to to see what I've been up to this week with Unity Stamp Company!
    Laura SandytozArtDesign.blogspot.com

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    1. Laura!! I'm a fan!! Following you all week And LOVING IT!! Thanks for stopping by <3

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  14. Love this! So magical. Truly beautiful.

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  15. These are gorgeous. Love the blue and the swirls of stars and the bright sails. The sentiment on the vellum is lovely. Hugz

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  16. This card is stunning! Thank you for your step by step process and your inspiration. I love the swirl stamp, I will need to look this one up!

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  17. Beautiful!! I love this sentiment!!

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  18. Wow...how beautiful! Love the color and dimension.

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  19. Your vellum quote looks great. Every time I emboss on vellum it gets all wavy. Any tips?

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    1. I typically hold the heat gun further away and heat it slowly, maybe that's it. I don't know if this makes a difference, but I also used Versa Fine ink and Zing embossing powder.

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  20. This is spectacular! I love the way you took an idea and built on it with a mixture of tools. It's so easy to get stuck in the rut of everything having to match, but instead, you used your colors to pull everything together. And...thanks for the reminder to use vellum. Somehow, I keep forgetting it, and it always adds another beautiful touch.

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  21. This is a beautiful card. My favorite so far!!

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  22. Beautiful cards....especially the waves!

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  23. I totally forget about encouragement cards. Love the idea. Your notes of explanation were very easy to follow.

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  24. Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful! The colors and embossing are amazing!!

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  25. Amazing!! I need to break out my vellum.

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  26. So beautiful!!!!! So encouraging, anyone would love a card like this :) and it certainly makes me what to try using the vellum I have been stashing for when I am brave enough to hear emboss it :)

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    1. I think you'll find vellum really rewarding to work with. There are different weights from stiff to floppy, so they can be project specific. I think you'll have a flood of ideas with after first attempt because it is so cool & different!!! Have Fun!

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  27. I'm so excited, I have all these supplies! I am making these tonight! Thank you!

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  28. Wow! Love evrything about this! Love, love!

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  29. How beautifully done. Congrats. You are representing well the GIU.

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