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HIMCR03NSD - Holiday Catch Up!

Hello again! It is quite a celebration we are having at Hiding in my Craft Room! I'm here for our 3rd. challenge of the day: Holiday Catch Up. This is a great opportunity to create a much needed project for a holiday. Whether you didn't have the chance to make it on time, or whether you want to start working on some future holiday projects, any occasion is welcome: Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, Halloween, 4th of July, etc. And of course it can be anything from a scrapbook page, to a card, a mixed media project, and more...

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Laurie from HIMCR

will have a chance to win 
two Cricut Cartridges: 
Robot Party and Space Party!

I didn't have enough time to make a christian Easter card, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do just that. 

- Majestic Labels Twenty-Five
- Damask Motifs
- Adorning Squares
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
ODBD stamps - Faith
Brilliance pigment ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Silver Starlight
Zap! heating tool
Merletto crystals
Bazic two sided tape and foam tape
Other generic materials
Eggshell cardstock in white
Specialty pearlescent cardstock in soft blue
Specialty embossed paper in silver gray
7/8" gross grain ribbon in light gray

This 4 3/8" x 4 3/8" card was made combining many different dies in alternative ways. The very first layer in blue is actually a rectangular die, I cut in half and overlapped to create a nice square frame.

The next layer, in gray, is the largest die from Adorning Squares. Now with the following layer, in blue, I also did some alternative overlapping to create a medallion. Using the largest die from Damask Motifs, I die cut 4 damasks and overlapped them. I suggest using the perforation close to the center as a reference.

Before I adhered all these layers together I crossed a piece of gray ribbon vertically. In order to do that I had to cut the medallion on two ends, as marked below.
The final step is the center square label, where I heat embossed this beautiful verse. I have a tip for you on how to heat emboss very intricate stamps. Turns out this ODBD stamp has a very small, detailed and fine font and it is a rubber stamp. I was never able to stamp it neatly with embossing ink. Once the embossing powder melted it would spread and the sentiment wasn't as defined. So after trying different techniques, I finally found a way to heat emboss the sentiment perfectly, using pigment ink. In my case I used specifically Brilliance pigment ink in black, but because it won't stay wet as long as a regular embossing ink, you need to apply your embossing powder faster. The result, impeccably heat embossed sentiments. To finish my design I added some crystals.

I really like this verse and every time I read it, it reminds me of a song from Third Day (here).

I enjoyed making this card so much! I hope you like it and feel inspired to join this challenge. All you need to do is visit Hiding in my Craftroom and link your creation.

For more inspiration please check out my teammates' designs: 

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you in an hour for a new challenge...

This card is participating in:
Simon Wednesday Challenge


  1. Gracie, great card and I love all the layers. Thanks for the details and instructions. Can't wait to do some playing with some of my dies and use your ideas.

    1. Oh thanks Nancy. You're very welcome. I like to share my ideas to inspire others, so I'm glad you liked the project and the tutorial! Let me know if you get to try it out!

  2. Gracie,
    What a gorgeous card, it is stunning. I love how you recreated the dies to suit your needs, very ingenious.

    1. Thanks! I actually thought of you when I made it since you like blue so much. I'm glad you liked it.

  3. I missed this one too! :( VERY ELEGANT GRACIE! :) It's QUITE GORGEOUS! :)

  4. This is amazing. So elegant and pretty. Love the little gemstones. Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog! :)

  5. oh a very interesting tutorial there Gracie have cut up dies cuts before (much tot he horror or some folk.. they thought I was cutting up my dies :D) but really love what you have done here..

    A really wonderful card .. I can see it working with some of the dies I have too.. thanks for popping over and for sharing your ideas too, Shaz in Oz.x from Christian Card Makers. :D

  6. Gracie -your card is lovely -just right for Easter - I love this scripture as Jesus is so forgiving and loving - I love the die cut you used as well - scary to me to cut them up - you did a wonderful job on your card! thanks for the hop and challenge have a blessed week!

    1. Gail, thanks for the kind words. Sadly there was a confusion and the link for the blog hop was not correct. Please stop by once more and this time click on home (top tab), to go to the actual blog hop post. Thank you!

  7. Oh wow this is just beautiful with all the wonderful ornate corners and frames. Also love monochromatic colouring.
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    1. Desire, thanks for the kind words and invitation. Sadly there was a confusion and the link for the blog hop was not correct. Please stop by once more and this time click on home (top tab), to go to the actual blog hop post. Thank you!

  8. Very elegant & beautiful card!!

    1. Heather, thanks so much for your comment. Sadly there was a confusion and the link for the blog hop was not correct. Please stop by once more and this time click on home (top tab), to go to the actual blog hop post. Thank you!

  9. Very Dynamic and classy card!!! You really correlate your dies very beautifully, love the idea and thanks for sharing.


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