Tuesday, 5 January 2021


I'm calling today's card Reflect.
I think after the year we have had, it's a good time to just stop and think about all we have been through.
When we were in lock-down this summer and I wasn't working, I tried to get out walking.  It gave me a chance to appreciate all the nature around me and reflect on all I was grateful for.  
During my walks, I picked up some grasses and that is how this card came to be using the grasses on my Gel Plate.  I also wanted to try and make a side fold card which was easy to do.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of white cardstock and my Gel Plate.  Using my brayer, I rolled on a few different shades of acrylic paint covering my Gel Plate.  
  • I took the grasses I had collected and placed them carefully over the wet paint.  I laid my cardstock over the Gel Plate and rubbed to lift the print. (You can see where the grasses were, it left my paper white creating what is called a 'cyanotype'.  I made another card using this process here.)  I just love the look it gives.
  • I decided to create a side-fold card using the print. I will list all the measurements and how to's below this description.  
  • After I cut all my pieces, I places the square panel into my Misti and stamped this new-to-me sentiment from Impression Obsession with some black Versafine Clair and used some black embossing powder to help make it pop over the painted bkg.  I also added some black paint splatters with my Posca pen.
  • I glued it all together and then added the twine and the black gems.  
  • I used my circle punch to cut a small notch in the top and bottom of my card to hold the twine in place.

How to Make a Side Fold Card

Main card base:  Cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" x 11"
Score @ 5 1/2 and 6 3/4"
Fold the 5 1/2” score as a valley (like a regular card). 
Then fold the 6 3/4” score the opposite direction.
Glue the area between the scoring together.

Card Panels:  The finished size of the panel on the left hand side 
(the part that is glued together) is 4" x 1" 
The main stamped panel is 4" x 4" 
*you will have to adjust the sizes if you are adding a border piece of cardstock to your finished pieces.  My border pieces were 1/4 inch so I adjusted my painted panels to work with that*

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Stamps- Be Still (IO)
Inks- Versafine Clair; acrylic paint (Dollar Tree)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); navy cs
Accessories and Tools- Gel Plate; brayer; grasses; black eb powder (Ranger); 
heat tool; black gems; twine; circle punch


Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Now grasses? what a brilliant effect they have given, you are so clever and creative.
Faith x

Pat said...

Beautiful words Karen and love the side fold card shape and also the pretty blue gelli plate background and white shape where you placed the grasses and the navy matted layer. The sentiment in black and the black gems and spattering finish it perfectly. x

Bonnie said...

Wonderful words of wisdom, my friend, and a beautiful card to put it on! Love the grass images and the fold of this card!

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful card and sentiment Karen, I love the loose effect of using the grasses. I must pull my gelli plate out, it's been a while :)

Loll said...

Beautiful card Karen. Love that you've used natural grasses you picked while out on a walk to make this card. The sentiment is fabulous and so perfect for the time. xx

Lori m said...

Karen, a beautiful sentiment to accompany your gorgeous card.

I'm always in awe of the pretty backgrounds you make. I keep trying to create a something worthy of calling a background, mine just aren't worthy of using yet. I will master a useful background in 2021.

Hugs, Lori m

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful in every way.

Mac Mable said...

What a beautiful sentiment and I love how you've used real grasses from your walks x. Such a fabulous design and a really beautiful card Karen x.

cuilliesocks said...

How beautiful Karen, your design and colours are gorgeous, with a lovely verse too, Kate x

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Just Lovely! And such a good sentiment too.

HilaryJane said...

Love that print and your added splatters. thanks for the info on how to make your unusual card too xx

Jeanne H said...

Indeed, a very lovely card.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Lovely card, Karen. Here's the link to the Splitcoaststampers card tutorial:


for people who need to see the card construction. XOX