Braver, Stronger, Smarter

Happy Friday my Artsy Fartsy Friends!  To end the week, I’m sharing  another of the Thank You cards I made for one of the Hospice nurses that cared for my Mom.  I made this card specifically with the bespectacled girl from the Generation Redux plate in mind because, she kind of looks like the recipient of this card–Gentle and Quiet on the outside, Strong, Brave & Smart on the inside!

Brave Girl

This card is chock-full of all kinds of new-to-me techniques.  Not only background inking techniques, but stamping techniques, too!  Let me show you the artsy fartsy steps I took, to put this card together.  Gosh, where do I start? 😉

The Braver, Stronger sentiment from the Typography plate was also a must for this card and I thought having a  chalkboard frame for it would be perfect to give it an old-timey feel.

I used one of the frames from the Chalk It Up plate that fit the sentiment that I had already stamped on a small piece of black cardstock with Staz-On Opaque White ink.  I did try the chalkboard technique on the sentiment, but, it’s too detailed an image and the chalk muddled everything together.

I don’t remember having this much fun with chalk since I was a little girl writing and drawing with chalks on the sidewalk in front of my house!!  Playing with chalk has grown up!!  😉

I gently rubbed the excess chalk off the card stock with my finger and fussy cut the frame.

I added some foam squares to the back of the frame and positioned over the sentiment.  I had to trim the sentiment down a little bit so nothing stuck out from behind the frame.


I set aside the framed sentiment and moved on to stamping and coloring the young woman image from Artistic Outpost’s Generation Redux plate.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the image with and colored with Distress Markers and my fine tipped water brush.

I didn't have to be neat since she was going to be fussy cut.

I didn’t have to be neat since she was going to be fussy cut.

I used Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass and Tea Dye DM’s to color her in.  I scribbled each pen onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush.


And to give her image that vintagey finish, I lightly inked over the entire surface with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  She ended up getting fussy cut and set aside with the framed sentiment.

Supplies for the ink monoprint technique...

Supplies for the ink monoprint technique…

I wanted the background for this card to be bright and happy–I chose Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers DI’s for my ink monoprint .  I had my piece of manila stock cut to size (all of my cards are 4.25″x5.5″) and secured to my craft sheet with a piece of double-back tape on its backside (I tape everything down when I’m stenciling).

I pressed each ink pad directly onto my Burlap stencil and then spritzed the stencil with water.


Then I laid the inky stencil onto my piece of manila stock and gently pressed my fingertips over the stencil.   I slowly lifted the stencil and here is the ink monoprint for my background.  Very Cool, indeed!  I then inked the entire stock with the same ink colors and my ink blending tool.

OK–any chance to use the splatter brush!  I smushed Spice Marmalade DI onto my craft sheet, gave a spritz of water and picked up with the splatter brush.  Uh, yeah, this time it really got away from me and I ended up with a big glob of watery, inky splatter (I over saturated the splatter brush–you think?).  But, I like it anyways and dry it with my heat tool.


I love this splatter layer of color over the burlap design–how the orange splatters completely bleach out the burlap monoprint.  COOL!!

I inked the edges of my monoprint layer with Walnut Stain DI, then I distressed the edges, then I inked the edges again with Walnut Stain, again.  Even though this card was going to be rather girlie, I wanted it to also have that rustic, vintage feel to it and I love inking and distressing!!

Nothing says Happy like rays of sunshine!

Nothing says Happy like rays of sunshine!

I’m trying to use my stencils on every project I can, too!  How else can I make this card any happier?  Add some of those sunshiny rays!  But, I kept it vintagey and used Vintage Photo DI for the color of my rays.


Those rays are going to fit perfectly once I have all of the elements together, but that big splotchy splatter has become one of my favorite parts  and I need to make sure I don’t cover it up when I finally position everything.

I’m going to make some layered flowers using the Tattered Florals die and I’ll be using muslin and tulle.


I used the ledger image from the Ephemera Background plate and Jet Black Archival ink to stamp onto the muslin.  This piece of muslin is sized to cover the entire surface of the tattered florals die.

I die cut the tulle and the muslin at the same time.  I layered the tulle three times then placed the stamped piece of muslin on top of the tulle.  I also did this so I could see where the tulle flowers are!


After I carefully pulled and trimmed my tattered florals apart, I put all of the tulle flowers on dark card stock so I could see where they are and be able to keep track of them.

I also gave each tulle floral a layer of gesso for added texture.  I don’t want the tulle layer of my florals to get lost among the solid layer of the muslin petals.  While those tulle flowers are air drying, I’m going to color the little flower brads that I’m going to use for the center of each of my tattered flowers.

I used the altered surfaces technique to add a little color to these plain grey flower brads.  My first layer of DP is Broken China, which got partially heat dried, then wiped down to remove any wet paint.  Then I added another layer of DP in Ripe Persimmon and did the same with that layer of paint–partially heat dried, then wiped down any wet paint.  I’m left with a 3-colored brad that was just plain and grey before!


Once the gesso was dry on the tulle florals, I inked all of the layers with Wild Honey and Tumbled Glass DI’s.

Each tattered flower was backed with a lose circle of this fun, kind of feathery yarn that I have and then each flower got one of the cute metal brads that got the altered surface treatment earlier.


Once all of my elements came together, I added some blue rhinestones for a little extra shiny bling….


…and I added a light coat of Dimensional Magic to her glasses to add a little shine there, too–like those are really glass lenses 🙂

We are all Braver than we believe, Stronger than we seem and Smarter than we think–AMEN!!


And with that, this card is finished and ready to mail to the extraordinary recipient–A woman who will always be in my heart, for the sincere and loving care she gave to my Mom during the last weeks of her life.  Memories I will cherish forever.  Thank You, Mary, for Everything!!

And Thank You–all of my Artsy Fartsy followers and visitors!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and find yourself getting inky and painty and most importantly Artsy Fartsy over the weekend with your own crafting!  I’m going to send this card over to Artistic Outpost’s monthly challenge for MarchAnything Goes (with AO stamps that is).  Head on over and take a look-see at all of the fabulous creations being made from all over the world!  Who knows, maybe you’ll join in on the Artsy Fartsiness, too!

Until Next Time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Card Stocks:  Black, Olive and Manila
  • Fabrics:  Muslin; Tulle, Decorative Yarn
  • Stamps:  Ephemera Background, Chalk It Up, Generation Redux, Typography (all from Artistic Outpost)
  • Stencils: Burlap and Rays (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Markers, Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Antiquities Frosted Embossing Powder (Ranger); Chalk (Crayola); Water Brush; Gesso; Archival Ink (Ranger); Staz-On White Opaque (Tsukineko); Dimensional Magic (Plaid Ent)
  • Ink Blending Tools (Ranger), Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife; Double-Back Tape (3M); Foam Squares; Studio Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Distresser
  • Tattered Floral Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Die Machine (Sizzix)
  • Flower Brads; Blue Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

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