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I'm Sorry You're in a Jam

Melynda Whitwell

I created this card to send to a friend who has been going through a rough patch lately.  Isn't it wonderful to be able to make someone smile in their time of need simply by showing them that you care?  
For this card i used the following supplies:
Brutus Monroe Premium 110lb Cardstock:  Alabaster
Brutus Monroe Premium 80lb Cardstock:  Sea
Brutus Monroe Premium 80lb Cardstock: Cornflower
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink: Raven
Brutus Monroe Stamp Set:  Jam
We R Memory Keepers Patterned Paper: Notable
Gina K Stitched Die:  Circles
Crayola Watercolor Pencils
Dotto, Tombow glue, PopDots
Miscellaneous Scrap red ribbon
Felt bow
To begin, i cut my Brutus Monroe Premium Cardstock in Alabaster in half along the short side to 8.5" x 5.5" and folded it in half creating a standard sized card:  4.25 x 5.5".  I then cut the large blue background out of Brutus Monroe Premium Cardstock in the color Sea sized 4" x 5.25" and adhered it to my cardstock base.  
Next, I cut my patterned paper down to a strip sized 1.25" x 5.5" and inked the edges with my Brutus Monroe Detail Ink in Raven.  I then adhered it to my card nearest the folded edge.
Using the same ink, I stamped the jar of Jam image on a scrap piece of Brutus Monroe Premium Cardstock in Alabaster and set it aside to dry.  Next, i used my Gina K Stitched Dies in my Epic Six to cut my stitched circles sized approximately 2" and 2.5".  I adhered the circles to each other and then to my card overlapping the patterned paper strip.  
I then stamped the sentiment in the middle of the smallest stitched circle using the Brutus Monroe Detail Ink in Raven.  
With my jar of Jam now dry, i colored it using my watercolor pencils in red and blue.  I then used the brown to add shading along the left side before fussy cutting the Jam out.  I adhered it to the card overlapping both the patterned paper strip and the stitched circles using several Pop Dots. Using my thin black marker, i outlined both of the stitched circles to give them a little more "pop" against the cardstock base.  
Finally, I raided my scrap ribbon stash and adhered a small piece to the top of my card finishing it off with a cute red felt bow glued on with Tombow glue.
Is there a certain type of card that gives you the most pleasure in creating and sending or giving?  For me, it is definitely "thinking of you" type cards, just like this!  There is little better than making someone smile when they need it the most.


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