A Thrill of Hope

Happy Friday, my crafty friend! I hope that you’ve had a good week, and had time to be creative. The other day I shared a picture of some of the newest stamps, dies, etc. that I had bought. Well today, I’m sharing a card made with some of those new products. The sentiment on this card is from the Penny Black winter collection, and it’s called A Thrill of Hope.


I love a palette of blues for holiday cards, so I used it again for this one.

A Thrill of Hope

This stamp set is all sentiments, each one perfect for the holidays.


For the background, start with a piece of light blue cardstock. All around the outer edges, blend Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink. Next, working inwards, blend on Faded Jeans. Now add your two purples, Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord, in random spots. Try to keep the very middle of the piece a light blue, with a bit of the Faded Jeans over the cardstock. Once you’re happy with the blending, set up the piece in your stamp platform. You’ll need to stamp the sentiment a few times in Versamark ink, to get full coverage. Be sure to use an anti-static tool on the surface, first.  Cover the sentiment with white embossing powder, and heat set.  The next thing is to add some texture to the panel. Use a mini mister to add water drops. Spray the water, allow to sit for a few seconds, and then blot up any excess. Add some snow flakes (or stars) with white gouache paint thinned with water. Pick it up with a paintbrush, and then tap the brush handle onto your other hand, over the panel. By the way – that smudge of white under the word ‘hope’? That’s where I missed my finger, and hit the panel with the brush tip! Yikes! Oh well – we’ll call that a shooting star, shall we?!

Use the Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster die with your die cutting machine, and cut the snowflakes from a piece of sparkle cardstock. I’ve found that the easiest way to attach these delicate die cuts is to use the Thermo Web Sticky Dots. If you haven’t used them yet -add them to your must get list! Each sheet is covered with micro glue dots; all you do is peel of the covering, lay your die cut down onto the dots, and then pick it up. The back is now covered with these micro glue dots, ready to lay down onto your project.


To add some shine to your card, along with the sparkle, place a rhinestone in the center of each snowflake. Next, use foam tape to attach this panel to a piece of silver foil cardstock. *Design Tip* – die cut another of the snowflake clusters, or something else,  from the middle of the silver foil, before attaching it to the card base.  No one will be the wiser, and you’ll have a gorgeous shiny silver die cut for your next project!

A Thrill of Hope

And there you have your lovely, frosty, winter card!

I’ve included shopping links below, for you to add any of these products used to your own stash. Thanks for spending some time with me today – have an awesome inky weekend!

A Thrill of Hope

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “A Thrill Of Hope

  1. This is beautiful, Deborah! I love the background. (And I have to say, I was reading it thinking, “I hope she explains how she made that shooting star!” Such a happy “accident!”)

    1. You’re so generous about my ‘happy mistakes’, Buffy! I am glad that you liked my card, oops and all 🙂

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