Sometimes a very simple and basic card design can be the most elegant and eye-catching. A little piece of border with a layered bar that is of matching colors and you have a very easy card. It is also a great way to use up some of those scraps.
The papers on this card design are from DCWV's Linen Closet Premium Stack. I really like the soft subtle colors of this stack.
The stamped phrase is from Our Daily Bread Designs.
Spellbinder's Impressabilities embossing stencil was used for this background.
A few hints on using embossing folders and stencils: 1. slightly dampen the paper with a fine mist of water 2. let the paper dry completely before attaching to card base 3. for a textured shape (like a Spellbinder's Label) cut the shape first and them emboss 4. use white core papers and sand just the very top of the texture to expose the white 5. to accent the texture, brayer over the top with a slightly darker ink 6. ink the embossing folder or stencil and quickly emboss.
This is what I see from my brand new wonderfully perfect covered deck that my fantastically talented brother built for me. I love, love, love this deck. The view is also wonderfully perfect and it was made especially for me by a loving and gracious heavenly Father. Ah, life is so good!
In my devotional studies of Psalms I came across this interesting little tidbit about what it means to be the Lord's anointed. It is a special relationship with God. It means being chosen, consecrated, and commissioned by God for a special function or job.
"Christ" in the New Testament Greek is equivalent to the Hebrew term "Messiah" in the New Testament. Both mean "the Anointed One".
Now this definition and explanation bring up some very interesting facts. I have attended special woman's meetings where everyone received a generic "anointing" with oil. Bogus is all I can say. What about the televangelists that give out special anointing oil or and anointed bits of material for a special donation. Bogus again. There is nothing special about the above. It might have an emotional impact or fill the coffers of a phony preacher, but that is about it. It's a fleshly thing, works, not of God.
What it boils down to is understanding fully what you are supposed to be getting and the conditions that make you eligible to receive it. Only the person truly anointed can know that they have been anointed. David was anointed. Jesus was the ultimate in being anointed, chosen, consecrated and commissioned by God.
The concept of black and white has always drawn me. It is so elegant and yet simple.
The eyelet die cuts on the top and bottom of the card are from Spellbinders Borderabilities, while the eyelet on either side of the birthday greeting are from a border bar punch by Punch Bunch. The stacked flower is another Spellbinders die. White scallops just below the phrase were made with a Fiskars decorative scissors.
The birthday greeting is a stamp by PSX, aka Personal Stamp Exchange. The company no longer exists. (sob, love their stamps)
Can you see what I did? This is so easy and such a fantastic way to use up your scraps. I used a square punch by Punch Bunch to get uniformly square pieces. The edges of the squares have been sponged with dark brown ink as has the edge of the card base.
Place your die cut (or punch) on the quilted portion before it is placed on the card base to cut the aperture. Now a small phrase, picture or contrasting paper can be placed under opening.
Don't know anyone that is sick, but it is nice to have a Get Well card on hand just in case.
The phrase is stamped on scrapbook paper, the flourishes were stamped at the top and bott0m and the edges of the Spellbinders die cut were inked with dark brown ink. This little gem was then layered over another die cut and flourishes by Quickutz added.
The embossed paper at the top of the card is from Cuttlebugs A2 folder line. A light sponging of medium brown ink was applied to highlight the embossing. The paper on the bottom of the card is again scrapbook paper from DCWV.
This is such a lovely birthday greeting. It could go on the inside of the card as well.
All of the die cuts are by Spellbinders. The paisley embossing is from a Cuttlebug A2 folder. I used a Distressed Ink pad to color the solid side of the plastic folder and then ran it through the Cuttlebug to emboss.
The edges of the phrase and the paisley label have been sponged with the green ink.
Three Spellbinder's Labels were used on this card with the small center two being the same die cut but in different sizes.
The papers are from the Linen Closet stack from DCWV. A plain white card with sponged edges becomes a pleasing base when the edges are sponged. The Bosskut flourish in tan matches the sponging on the edges of the card base.
The Happy Birthday is computer generated. There are also brads on the middle die cut.
Not a hard card to make, lots of layers, but basically simple elements stacked up!
3. My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, "Where is you God?" 4. These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God. With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. 5. Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence. Psalm 42:3-5
Does this sound like depression? A terrible sadness that is with one waking or sleeping? Mockery from nonChristians? Hmmmmm, now where is that not so subtlely exhibited today? It is very plain in the drive-by media. ABC, CBS, NBC. CNN, MSNBC, public radio and television and most print media, all have a very very blatant bias to the socialist anti-Christian left. Sometimes it feels like a losing battle. How can we have hope to win or at the very least break even with such odds against us?
BUT in verse 5 is the reminder to "Hope in God", "For the help of His presence." . There is none like God. So "Why are you in despair, O My soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?" WHY? Why am I LETTING the enemy win?
"I shall again praise Him" I will remember. Even when things appear the darkest and the most depressing I know where my hope is. The living God, the unchanging God. I have a history with God. Just because unbelievers have not experienced the salvation, joy, comfort and security of being a child of God to NOT negate my history of personal blessing and miracles.
Why do I dispair and become depressed? I see that my emotions and some very minor circumstances have become upset and upsetting, not God. When has God not been faithful or changed? Never, never, never! In the middle of a situation it may look like I have been forgotten, that God does not see, that He is "dead", BUT when it is all over, I can clearly and unmistakedly see the God's hand of wisdom, grace and mercy was there all the time, holding and sheltering me.
Here and now I have chosen to give voice to my joy and thanksgiving, no matter what goes on around me. Praise God!
This card has so many fun elements. Let's start with the card base. It is a tan. I have stamped a background image with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing paper. This creates an image that is a shade or two darker than the cardstock.
DCWV's Linen Closet stack is the source of all the paper but the card base. The octagons were cut from some of that paper. Then Spellbinder's Labels and Nestabilities did the rest. The Happy Birthday is computer generated.
The border on the right is simply layers of scallops. These were cut with my Create-A-Cut. I suspect this product is no longer available. There are several available on Ebay, but I don't think it is being manufactured anymore.