Free to follow!

One of the many blessings of unemployment (and believe me, there are some) is the freedom to move through my day as I like.  Knowing that I need structure, I build it in, but within that, the direction of each day is full of possibility.  Today I had the utter gift of checking something I needed to do off my list, while also being able to stretch my cardmaking skills, and follow the whim of inspiration.

A friend of mine is getting married this month and I have been wanting to make a wedding card for her.  I came across a card sample that I really liked, and decided to use the basic style as my inspiration .  I also thought this would be a great opportunity to work with brads and try out the cardmaking technique of “masking“.  Through the process of creating the card, I wasn’t exactly sure about how it would come out, but in the end, I was truly pleased.  Hope she will be, too.

Apache Wedding Blessing Card

To create this card I covered the cream-colored surface of the card with the Indian heart stamp. I then stamped the “Now & Forever” on a post-it note as well as the smaller piece of cardstock.  Using a curvy exacto (swivel knife is the official name) on the post-it, I cut around the “Now & Forever” image, which I then used to cover the stamped image on the card stock.  I took the Indian heart stamp once again and pressed on the post-it note and cardstock.  Before peeling away the post-it, I sprinkled some embossing powder on the heart and shook off the excess.  I removed the post-it, and heated the powdery image until it  produced the embossed texture.  I colored in the “&” with a colored pencil.  To add the brads, I glued my two pieces of card stock together, and punched two holes with my hole punch (I think 1/16″).  I inserted the brads and flattened the fasteners on the back.  Using mini-pop dots I put the mini card stock piece in the center of the design.  For the inside I printed out the “Apache Wedding Blessing” on a piece of card stock and used double-sided tape to put it inside.

AWB Card Close-Up

AWB Card Inside


  • Cream 5.5″ x 6″ stationary card stock from Michaels
  • Indian heart stamp from Paper-Source
  • Now & Forever stamp from Michaels ($1 bin)
  • Color Box Inkpads (Black, Frost White) from Paper-Source and Michaels
  • Stamp Stuff embossing powder (Stardust) from Michaels
  • Fiskars fingertip control swivel knife from Joann’s
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool from Michaels
  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (set of 12) from Michaels
  • Colored card stock pieces from bulk card stock package from Michaels
  • 1/16″ circle punch from Paper-Source
  • Recollections Brads (Bright Mini Circles) from Joann’s
  • Mini-Pop dots from Michaels
  • Double-sided tape from Michaels

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