Recently saw this video done by Catherine Pooler on doing what she called Floating embossed inlay. Thought I'd give it a try and this is my version.
- Believe this was a Hero Arts wooden stamp, inked with versamark, stamped on watercolor paper. Heat embossed with White EP. Used Tim Holtz w/c markers to color the petals, because the recipient is someone who excels at watercolor. She was the inspiration for this effort (and she will know who she is). Stamped the same image on DP, hand cut the image out of the dp to create the aperture. Very carefully fitted the watercolor image behind the aperture.
- Avery Elle die to create the sentiment. The base card is pink - saved the 'bits' from the die cut to add back into the h, e, l,l & o, as it looks quite odd with those parts missing. This was a little out of my comfort zone, as I'm rather rubbish with watercolors, also had never done the die cutting effect this way.
Now - to share our little adventure with you. We found out that Our Darnell was making a family visit to a small North Carolina town that is a few hours north of us. It was an opportunity to meet this fabulous lady who is renowned in Blogland, and was one of my very first encouragers when I started blogging. Another surprise visitor who showed up was Bonnie K, another quite well known card-making blogger, who also has been so kind, friendly & supportive of my efforts. It was something that I didn't want to miss, but with the DH's health situation, it was chancy until the last moment, hoping nothing happened to ruin the plans. Because we had never traveled in this part of North Carolina, we decided to leave on Monday afternoon, drive up leisurely and find our meeting place. DH suggested we have lunch at Scrapbook Creations which is on the route we take to NC. Of course I had to have a browse around in the store, and visit with some of the staff.
We got to meet Darnell's lovely sister Diana, and had a brief visit on Monday afternoon. Said our goodbye, as D&D had some commitments, & we headed to another nearby little town to find lodgings for the night. On Tuesday Bonnie & her sweet DH drove down to join in the fun. After visiting a bit at Diana & Darnell's pad, we all went to lunch at a lovely restaurant. Here's a few pictures Darnell emailed this evening, and hopefully I will share some more in a later post. Can you tell we are having such fun getting to meet face-to-face?
|Bonnie & Darnell|
|Mary & Bonnie|
|Bonnie, Bruce, Diana, Joe, Mary (Darnell took the photo)|
|Joe H. & Bruce K., our sweet hubs|
Diana is a photography whiz, and she took most of the pictures. They will be joined by 2 other sisters tomorrow for a Sisters' Retreat. Doesn't that sound just wonderful?
Let me just say that it was such a delight to meet these ladies who have been my inspiration on so many occasions - with the beautiful work that they both do - and find out that they are just as lovely & kind as I knew them via Blogland. This is one of the most unexpected Blessings of this Blogging business. It's always rewarding to get to know each of you via Blogland, email, etc, but then when the chance to meet face-to-face happens, it's just so unbelieveably incredible.
Thanks for joining me this evening. I'll do my best to get round to visit all those of you who left comments on the Penny Black birthday card, and hopefully can make a start on that tomorrow.
Have a great evening, God Bless.