Over at Splitcoaststampers we're in the middle of our annual Hope You Can Cling To card drive.... this is the 5th year we've had the event, and it's always a great time - a full month of chatter, prizes, virtual hugs, tears as we remember loved ones, and always a whole lot of card making! There is a card-making challenge posted daily, and cards that are made in response to the challenges are sent to MD Anderson's Cancer Center in Houston. The cards are set out in baskets in the breast cancer ward, for patients to share with each other or send to a family member, or for visitors or volunteers to use to brighten a patient's day. Last year over 4000 cards were sent - I can't wait to see the total this year!
We're so excited to have Power Poppy involved as a sponsor this year! I hope you'll come over and take a peek if you haven't been involved already. Miss JULIE is hosting today's challenge, and one of the techniques she chose as part of her challenge needed a new video on the site. I'm the video girl, so I put a video together to demonstrate the Ink, Spray, Smash technique (you can click HERE for the photo tutorial). While I was playing around with glossy cardstock and inks, I tried another variation with a stencil just for fun.
These are the cards I made using the backgrounds from the video... all of these are in my box of Hope You Can Cling To cards which is going postal today!
I love these little holiday vignettes - I colored this one with Peerless watercolors, using a great masking technique that I'll share with you next month! (stamp: Joyful Arrangements)
This is one of the stencil backgrounds - I love the subtle pattern that the stencil left in the blended color. This image was colored with Distress and watercolor markers. (stamp: Sunny Harvest)
I watercolored this image at the same time, again with Distress watercolor markers. This background was actually a 5th print that I didn't show in the video, taken from the ink on the stencil. (stamp: Sunny Harvest)
I'd love to see where this tutorial takes you - each print has such different results ... and of course I'd love to see you support our Julie in her challenge today!
Thanks for letting me share!