Embracing Life

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day everyone. It’s hard to believe that as recently as in my lifetime black people in our country did not have the right to vote (1965). Today seems like a good day to reveal the card with the sentiment "embrace life" in honor of Martin Luther King’s passion for non-violent activism.


This is the last of the projects we did at our hostess club last week, and, the one my husband says might be my best yet. There are a lot of firsts for me in this card – my first (but not last) criss-cross card, card band, chance to use the beautiful Ginger designer paper, and my first chance to use and dye the pretties flowers.

The card was inspired a great deal by this card designed by the incredibly talented Debbie Olson at Thinking Inking. And, since I had never made a criss-cross card, I followed the very detailed but simple-to-follow instructions by Beate at Splitcoast Stampers, here.

The stamp set is of course the new Embrace Life set, which is such a beautiful stamp set, it’s just not possible to make an ugly card with it. We used aqua pens with Groovy Guava and then, because I do love them so, we also used the watercolor crayons in white and ruby red to get the variety of color in the blossoms in the card insert.

Dyeflowers_3 To dye the flowers in the pretties kit, I mixed about 40 drops of Groovy Guava from the re-inker with a teaspoon of water and then just dipped the flowers in the mixture with a set of tweezers. There are so many ways to color the flowers (chalk, aqua pens, markers, etc.), but I wanted a full and rich overall-all color so dyeing them worked beautifully.

I finally broke out my three-for-you flower punch. We used that to punch the small ruby red flower that makes the center of the flower along with those beautiful flat-bottom pearls out of the pretties kit. The card was beginning to get a little busy, so I used the stitched gross-grain ribbon for the tab.

Yep, this will go down as being one of my favorite projects. I’m so grateful to Debbie and Beate for sharing their talents and inspiring the rest of us.


Sweet Comments

  1. michelle endris says:

    Oh I love this card. So simple yet so elegant. I’ve always wanted to try the aqua pens. Maybe this is my inspiration to go out and get them now.

  2. VEry pretty card.. Love that D.P.

  3. Gorgeous card! Thank you for the how-to. I hadn’t ordered that pretties kit cuz I didn’t know how to dye them. I probably would’ve had a bunch of cards with white flowers! 😉

  4. OH, I absolutely LOVE your criss cross card — just GORGEOUS!!

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