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Radiate Beauty

2014 August 22

TGIF yay and we are in our first official heat wave of the summer.  Not to jinx myself, but because the humidity is not as high as it could be, this 90 degree doesn’t feel too bad.  It’s been 80 degrees with high dew point and humidity and it felt awful.  I don’t mind the heat, I mind the humidity.  But I’m hoping for relief next week.  Now to my card.  

I’m happy to announce that this card is made up from scraps, except for the card base but everything else is left over pieces from previous projects.


Can you guess what the sprayed panels are?  Or the accent strip on the side?  If you guessed Eclipse tape, ding, ding, ding, you are correct.  Don’t you love happy accidents?  Ok this one wasn’t an accident, rather I had used the tape to hold down and mask the card base (on another project to be shared next week) while using stencils and spray inks.  As I was just about to throw the used tape away, I had a light bulb moment and voila, this card happened.  


I tried to use the white household masking tape, but it didn’t allow the inks to soak in, whereas they soaked right into the Eclipse tape.  I think from now on I’m going to use that tape to tape down all the stencils and make sure to “over spray” just so that I can get more of those stenciled strips.  I use newsprint and notebook papers to catch overspray and to clean stencils (if I don’t use my art journal)  and those clean up papers will be used in a future project.  I love using these regular weight papers because they are thin enough to be pliable, especially if collaging non-flat surfaces.  I especially like using these on my wooden houses.


But the Eclipse tape – that I hadn’t thought of this sooner – another one of those moments when I’m slapping my forehead.

Back to my card,  the butterflies are die cut from metal sheets left over from the joint  eclectic Paperie and Add a Little Dazzle blog hop, then embossed.


The dark blue card stock used to line the sprayed and stenciled Eclipse paper was from my scrap basket.

All in all, I was pretty happy with myself and I love the card.  The sentiment is from Dina Wakley’s Face in the Crowd set.

I’m thinking it’s a good thing that the card creating fairy is back in house since October’s Craft Fair in Clarinda, Iowa will be here before I know it. Smile.

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend and get to squeeze in some creative time.  Don’t forget that eclectic Paperie’s August ePlay Embossing Challenge is still going on!!!!!!  If you haven’t played along yet, you still have time!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired to use your odds ‘n ends and leftovers!


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  1. August 23, 2014

    I just LOVE the colors and the metal embossed butterflies!  So GORGEOUS, Micki!  Not sure what eclipse tape is but I MUST get some!

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