One of my team is a Reservist who is going on a six-month deployment. I wanted to make her a card to wish her well and this is the result. I needed a fairly large card because there will be a lot of people to sign it so I made it 5x7. The stamped panel is correspondingly smaller to accommodate the mats.
I started with a sheet of Papertrey Ink white and stamped it with the Penny Black flower in Versamark and heat embossed it. (To be truthful, I started several cards ago but they didn't pass muster.) Then I took my Colorbox stylus and foam tips and a variety of chalk inks and went to work applying the background colour. (I was good at this part having practiced it several times this evening....) Then I removed the clear embossing powder with my iron and some scrap paper and stamped the flower again, this time in black, and heat embossed it. I did the same thing with the dragonfly. The stamped panel is mounted on black and teal cardstock. Using my computer, I printed this inside: " Wheresoever you go - go with all your heart. Confucius" I didn't have an appropriate pre-deployment well wishes stamp in my collection. (There had to be at least one stamp I don't have!) The finishing touch was a nice hank of eyelash yarn that I had in my stash (sorry T! I know you hate fluffy fibres on cards!). What a happy coincidence that it had the purple, blue and yellow-green in it. The sad part is that it just reinforces my reluctance to get rid of anything. Ever. After I scanned it in, I decided it needed some shimmer/sparkle so I added some twinklings to the dragonfly wings. I don't know if this was a good idea, but it's too late now. It doesn't ruin it, I just don't know if it adds anything.
Thanks for looking!
Supplies: Stamps: Pastoral and Brush Dragonfly - Penny Black; Ink: versamark, black pigment ink, colorbox chalk inks: wisteria, warm violet, lime green, azurite, Prussian blue; Paper: PTI white, basic black, taken with teal; Other: eyelash yarn, clear embossing powder, black embossing powder, stylus and foam tips.