I knew I wanted to pair these two images from Artful Legacy–the cross (AF112J) and the dragonfly (AG635C) the moment I saw them. But how to do them–and their symbolism-justice without taking away from that? Keep it simple. And simple meant white. I made a standard sized card base with one exception-I made the spine 1/4" rather than a simple fold so it would stand out just a bit from the back of the card and accommodate the "popped up" cross. For the outside, I embossed a slightly smaller white panel with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and attached it to the card front. I then used a large Marvy scallop punch to punch out the oval from both layers (I think I must be the only one in the stamping/scrapping world who doesn’t own Nestabilities!) I added a small strip that was punched with a Martha Stewart punch to the open (inside) of the card. I then stamped two images the cross using white Brilliance ink on chocolate Close to My Heart cardstock. I ran it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then, since CTMH cardstock has a white core, I distressed it by sanding, added pop-dots and twine to make it appear as two pieces of wood bound together. I then stamped the cross two more times-this time using hydrangea CTMH ink on white cardstock. I cut out one side of the stole from each image, used some Crystal Effects to give it a satiny (satiny) finish, and layered it (yes, with pop-dots, onto the cross. I attached this to the card base, centering it in the open oval. I then stamped the "peace" image (source unknown) and the AL dragonfly on the card base using hydrangea ink. I HAD to add the dragonfly–! I love them. As a believer, butterflies (and for me, dragonflies as well) symbolize new life in Christ-being born again and living anew. His resurrection and power therein. Two powerful symbols in one card. It speaks volumes without saying a word! This may sound a whole lot more difficult than it really was! The AL images are so wonderful to work with-crisp, clear stamping and great designs–that I think for me the hardest part is getting photographs that do them justice! I either have poor lighting (my husband no longer questions "backdrops", cards and cameras perched on the bathroom counter (the only place I have good light and then only on sunny days!) as I run back and forth checking my photography!), little black cat showing up in images just as I click or a myriad of other issues (dead camera batteries, etc). I hope to use these same images (the cross and dragonfly) and use some music sheets-The Old Rugged Cross seems quite appropriate–as background paper. Hmm...something to do on the next rainy day!
Have a Happy and Blessed Easter, everyone and, until next time, happy stamping and scrapping. Blessings, Sharon