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April mood board inspired.

I love this month's mood board ... the colors are so bright and springy!  This week, I created a fun hello card inspired by the mood board.  

April's colors are limoncello, sherbet, taffy and sugarplum.  LOVE!

I used flowers and a leaf from the Flora & Fauna summer snail stamp set to create a random background and colored the images with Copic markers (using other blending markers would be fun, too!).  I used a black gel pen to add detail to the center of the flowers and in the white spaces of the background.  

I used the Trinity Stamps hello sentimini stamp set and dies for the sentiments (this WPlus9 hand lettered hello stamp and die would also be perfect for a card like this), stamping the smaller sentiment in VersaMark ink on black card stock and using white embossing powder.  I also added a layer of VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder to the hello die cut for a little more dimension.  To do this, I temporarily tape the die cut to scrap paper, dab on the ink, cover with embossing powder, heat and repeat.  When I pulled up the sentiment, I saw little ragged bits of embossing powder, so I held the die cut with craft tweezers and blasted it with the heat tool again to smooth out the powder, like this:

I adhered the sentiments onto a piece of vellum to make them stand out against the background (I put glue only where the sentiments would cover it up).  I love how this card came together and plan to make several more!

I hope this month's mood board inspires to you create a cheery card to brighten someone's day ... cards are like paper hugs!  Stay safe, crafty friends!


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