Inspired Thoughts – You Make a Difference

Happy Tuesday.  Time again for the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge!

Be sure to check out all the great projects made by the Design Team.

This week, the theme is “Get a Little Dirty”, and we mean for you to add some Grunge and/or Distressing to your project.  Cannot wait to see what you will create.

My overall design was influenced by these current challenges: Sketch – Inspire Create (#122); Inspiration Photo – Paper Craft Crew (#481) and the Color options suggested by Color Dare (#508).

Here is the result: 



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • Background Panel: (4⅛” x 5¾”) Smoky Slate cardstock with the upper right and lower left corners curled and distressed with a Bone Folder.
  • Support Panel: (4” x 5¼”) Basic White cardstock.
    • The Tree image from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set was stamped with Soft Suede ink and re-stamped (2nd Generation) with the same stamp creating the lighter colored Tree in the upper left corner.
    • The Spots/Splatter image, from the same stamp set, was stamped repeatedly in the lower right corner (both 1st and 2nd Generation), with Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate and retired Midnight Muse inks.
    • The panel was then dry-embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder.
    • For grunge, the panel was sponged with Smoky Slate ink and a Sponge Dauber liberally along the embossed words and the edges.
  • Forest Fantasy: (2½” x 4”) and (1¾” x 1½”) Muted Tree patterned pieces of retired Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper pack supporting several of the colors per the Color Dare suggestion.
    • Additional grunge sponging was added to the patterned paper.
    • Again, both of the corners were distressed with the Bone Folder.
    • The pieces of patterned paper were adhered to the upper right and lower left areas of the Support Panel.
  • Sentiment Label: (1¾” x 1¼”) Gray Granite cardstock scrap.
    • The sentiment, You Make a Difference Everyday, from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set was stamped into Versamark ink and then into Cherry Cobbler ink and heat-set with Clear Embossing Powder.
    • The edges of the Label were distressed with Paper Snips.
    • The edges were sponged with Smoky Slate ink and the then crinkled.

A classic sketch.  So many options and a great way to show off your different patterned papers with a simple sentiment.

I like the dreamy nature of this particular piece of patterned paper, and it is well suited to the distressed treatment.

I can think of so many men that have made a difference in my life and this is a perfect card to send letting them know how I feel.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.  Cheers,  Jolanda.

Please consider joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz and sharing what you have made.

Need a card? Ask me and I can create one for you.  Want the supplies to create your own, let me know and I can help you with that too!

Like this card? Want to make one similar?
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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

6 thoughts on “Inspired Thoughts – You Make a Difference

  1. You got it all…totally rocked our new challenge!! The rolled edges, sponging, texture, torn papers, and the ink splatters are perfection!! What a fantastic card to inspire those who decide to play along with our “get a little dirty” challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!!

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  2. I love all the texture you’ve created in so many elements of this card. Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Dare Challenge, I hope you can join us again soon.

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