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Framed Inspiration

A couple of months ago, I made a frame that included an inspirational saying from one of our stamp sets: “Do something creative every day.” I forgot to share that with you and how I created it.

Stamp: Crafting Forever

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, VersaMark

Markers: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig (retired)

Blends: Cajun Craze combo, Mango Melody light, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, sorry can’t remember the rest

Paper: Thick Whisper White, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Country Floral 3D embossing folder, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Gold embossing powder, Rectangles Stitched dies, Stampin’ sponges, Blender pens

I saw a project that inspired this, it was some months back. Let me see if I can find it… here it is, by Su Mohr, featured by Mary Fish in her weekly roundup.

I actually could have made the project a little bit bigger in retrospect. I was limited by the image of the cup of paint brushes and the sentiment. I wanted to double emboss the cardstock, so that piece could be at most 6″ in either direction in order to fit in the embossing folder. (Since it was part of a window, duh, I could have made the window image bigger…) As it was, the finished project measures 4″ x 6″.

I die cut a rectangle in the middle of a 4″ x 6″ piece of thick Whisper White, before embossing with the Country Floral 3D embossing folder.

Sponging in the long direction only, I lightly added Crumb Cake  and Soft Suede ink to highlight the different flowers.

Then, even more lightly, I sponged on VersaMark and added Gold embossing powder. I love how the gold embossing highlights the dry embossing.

For the image, I traced the opening onto my working Very Vanilla cardstock. I stamped the pot freehand, but used the Stamparatus for the sentiment. I inked the whole sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black, and used a blender pen to remove ink from “creative”. I added in the 4 colors with markers, at the same time, but on different parts of the word. Lightly “huff” on stamp, then apply to paper. I used a Stamparatus for the sentiment in case any of the stamping didn’t come out dark enough.

Erase the pencil lines…

After coloring the pot and brushes, I ran the cardstock in the Subtle 3D embossing folder twice, rotating after the first pass. This gives the cardstock a texture like linen or canvas.

Here is a closeup of both embossing:

To put it all together, I cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than the embossed piece, and cut out the same rectangle. I glued the fun foam frame to the back side of the embossed piece, then added the sentiment behind. I finished by adding a piece of thick Whisper White (I think, or a piece of chipboard from a DSP pack) for stability.


A stamper that also fell in love with paper over 20 years ago. That love affair has never really ended. Oh, and I'm happily married and work a crazy schedule.

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