Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hopespiration Rubber Stamped Card

I always hesitate to visit Pinterest. I'm sure you know why. It sucks you in like a hook-up on a central vacuum system. I gave myself a five-minute time limit to find an idea to inspire a card. This is what happened . . .

Inspiration arrived:

I really liked the balance of this card, the white space, the lines with the dotties and dimension, and the simple greeting. I found this image within 30 seconds of arriving in the time warp. Here's my version:

So . . . off to my drawer of Hopes supplies where I found some scraps. A few trims, and here we are:

I decided to re-create the lines 1/8" apart with a marker and grid ruler.

But I needed a small round stamp to make the dots. I supposed I could have just added some dots by drawing small circles. Hindsight. Anyway . . . I punched two circles of UM rubber from an image that had already been treated with Mount-It Adhesive. The Cropadile worked like a charm, and I punched from an area that did not contain the actual image. See the little circle on my acrylic block?

I brushed color onto the "stamp" with the Stamper's Big Brush Pens from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft line. Those neutral tones are da bomb.

Next, I colored one of the flowers from the Hopes UM Collection image with the same markers and stamped it onto the panel along with that sweet little "thanks" from the UM Greeting sheet.

In my effort to use stuff I have, I added the sweet gold ribbon from the Hopes Fiber selection and the little gold sticky ball thingies pilfered from my sweet mom's stash.

Wanna try it? What will you use for your little dots? Oh, and be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

Have a creative week . . . 


  1. Replies
    1. This card is on my Pinterest Cards I love board too!

  2. Love the card Tricia.

    I was thinking a new pencil eraser might have made a nice dot, or is that too big...?


  3. Adorable!
    I would use stickles, gems, viva decor pearl pens or sequins to create the dots.

  4. Your card is lovely!
    Love the idea of punching out small pieces of unmounted rubber & coloring them with a brush. [You could mount many along a grid line on an acrylic block for a straight line even if there were no lines in your design.]

    Which Farber-Castell colors did you use?

    1. I used:
      PITT Artist Pen Big Brush "green gold" #268"
      PITT Artist Pen Big Brush "nougat" #178"
      PITT Artist Pen Medium Tip "sanguine" #188

  5. This is so elegant and awesome!

  6. Great inspiration and your card is so lovely, Tricia!

  7. Love everything about this! The card is, indeed, a lovely balance of design elements -- and yours is tons cooler than the pinterest version! Of course...with the Hopes collection, how could it NOT be???

    Who has more fun than we do?????

    1. I'm having too much fun to notice if anyone else is having more fun! :)

  8. a pencil eraser is a good round dot...carole

  9. OK, I went looking through my stash and found that quite a few stencils have some perfectly sized wholes, one of the ones I like best were the little holes used to line up the multi layer stencils! Card in the works!

  10. Oooh, the pencil eraser idea is a good one. Also - I was thinking like Kim - using the holes that all the stencils have (for inserting in a ring-bound book). The Aurora Borealis stencil was ALL holes, too, wasn't it?

  11. Thanks for your inspiration, Tricia. I love using the dots as fill ins around the corners and when I use flower stamps!

    Carmen L


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