Day 2

Hi again! Thanks for coming back, it's a special day today!
 Twenty-Eight years ago today, my husband and I got married. Tomorrow is the Thirty-First anniversary of our first date. Wow! I'm very lucky & grateful he is still here. On the first of the year he suffered a noticeable heart attack. I say noticeable because he had already had several that he had ignored. Stubborn man. It's definitely a blessing he is still with us. It's been a long road of recovery (for us both!) and we are still getting used to his condition. I think I'm still in shock.
 We never intended to have a double anniversary but the Memorial day holiday messed up our elopement plans and we just went with it! Since then, we have always celebrated both of our anniversaries, and I always make him two cards, one to celebrate our union and one to express my love for him. :)
I used a few different Unity kits to create his cards this year.

 For this card I used the heart from Create Today. The Sentiment and Mini Hearts (4 to represent each child we have) are from Love Is A Magical Thing, which I won in a challenge last year. I also used a border stamp in the opposing corners. I don't know the kit name of that one. It was in a grab bag I got a couple weeks ago. By the way, Unity grab bags are great! You really don't want to miss your chance to win one. Commenters on my GIU blog posts are entered into a drawing that will take place at the end of the week.  
 For the background on this one I adopted a technique Whitney Magnuson shared in a recent live video demonstration. She coated her paper with oxide ink, (I used regular distress ink in 3 colors) and poured a little puddle of water into her hand then clapped over the paper causing the water to splatter and leave diluted markings. For my panel, I dipped my hand in water and flicked it at the paper. Probably went with flicking on a subconscious level, imagining it was my husbands eyeballs! LOL! Well, that's what he gets for scaring me! Right?!
I used the MISTI stamp positioner tool to create a shadow effect on the sentiment then added some shadow with colored pencil to the hearts. The sentiment, mini hearts and border are heat embossed with Stardust embossing powder by Stampendous. I accented the rest of the card with silver glitter.


 For the card I'll give him tomorrow, I noticed that the swirl/vortex stamp in the Keep Wild kit resembles the icon our favorite band, Collective Soul uses. You don't even know! This is OUR band! We both love them so much! We were even lucky enough to meet the members by chance a couple times. Anyway! I used a versamark pen to add the arrow at the bottom of the swirl and give it a uniform embossed look. The background color was made with a paper towel dipped in wet ink and dabbed onto the paper. I used a sentiment from the Let Your Dreams Bloom kit. It worked perfectly!
The White panel is embossed with the larger swirl stamp from the Keep Wild kit. I used hardware tape, also known as HVAC tape to make accent silver borders for both panels. I think it brought the card up another level in specialness. ;)
I have a little tip to share with you all. I'm a frugal girl, and like I mentioned before, I rarely throw away scraps. You might be able to tell, I love raised panels. Instead of using the expensive foam mount tape, I fold scrap paper to fit the size of my panel and build it up to the depth I want, then stick it all together. It creates a very sturdy panel and adds control over various depths. I also use sticky backed craft foam sheets from the craft spot in the dollar store. You can get 20 sheets for $1! I recently received a huge stack of sticky craft foam sheets for free. Score! I save the foam mount tape to use on smaller fussy cut pieces, like the shaker frame and Unicorn from yesterdays post.  :)

Don't Forget!
See you tomorrow!

Comments

  1. Both are beautiful cards! Simple stamping can make such a statement! Happy anniversary and best wishes for your husband's continued recovery and health.

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  2. I love all of your cards and how you tied in your anniversary and each heart represents all four of your children. Beautifully and uniquely made.

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  3. I have come to just love the distressed ink backgrounds, and the beauty of your light simple image is perfect, for the sentiment of the card beautiful focused! Awesome job!

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  4. I love both of these cards as they have such an artistic look. The hearts one is my favorite even though I am normally drawn to anything blue.

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  5. Ok, another WOW moment. Congratulations on your 38 Year Anniversary, 31 Year First Date Anniversary. And I think most men are very stubborn, I'm also married to one like that. I love the stories you have to go with your cards, but even more I love the cards. Great technique once again and the idea of the HVAC , GREAT! Thank you for your tip on raised panel, actually I've also done this and why not. I hate waste! Thank you once again for sharing and looking forward to tomorrow. Have a great day!

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  6. I especially love the heart card. It is absolutely beautiful ! They are both lovely, but I really love the hearts!

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  7. Happy anniversary to you both. Your hubby is so lucky to have you. Beautiful cards. I love this style.

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  8. Those are some cool effects. Nice colors

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  9. Gorgeous cards. Congratulations on your 28th wedding anniversary.

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  10. I love both cards but the first is my favorite .

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  11. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and meaningful cards. I love the distressed Backgrounds!

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  12. Beautiful and artsy cards. Love those hearts!!

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  13. Love it will have to try this!!
    Happy Anniversary!!

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  14. Happy Anniversary! These cards are great. I love the backgrounds and I love the shadow effect around the hearts and sentiments. great tip

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  15. These cards are so beautiful! Love the hearts and that the smaller hearts represent your children. I also love the idea of the foil tape! thanks for the tip on giving depth without foam tape! Great idea!

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  16. Yay Shannon! So happy to see your beautiful cards and that background technique is one that I really need to try. Still don't have the new oxide inks but it's good to know regular distress inks work this well too. Congrats to you and Geo on your anniversary and I'm sure you feel doubly blessed after his health scare. I can't wait to see what you come up with this week as GIU gal!

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  17. Beautiful cards. I need to play with my inks some more.

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  18. Two very beautiful cards I love the backgrounds and the story behind the cards thanks for sharing

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  19. These cards are beautiful and so bright/cheery❤️

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  20. Wow, these are amazing --I appreciate your symbolism.

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  21. Both cards are beautiful!
    I love your frugal tip!

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  22. Both cards are beautiful!
    I love your frugal tip!

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  23. I love all the special touches you add that have meaning to both of you. I think that is the number one reason for making cards.

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  24. Beautiful cards! I love the backgrounds and the sentiments! Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!~

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  25. Congratulations on your anniversary! Amazing cards! Thanks so very much for sharing your creativity!

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  26. Beautiful cards! Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  27. Awesome cards. The colors are so vibrant! Thank you for the $$ savings tips. More money to spend on Unity Stamps!

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  28. Amazing!!!! So beautiful. Love. Love. Love. ❤️

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  29. Awwwww, your cards are beautiful and so sweet how you make two for your hubby!

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  30. I love Distress Inks. Beautiful cards. Congrats!

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  31. Glad your husband is recovering. Beautiful cards to reflect a beautiful life. Congrats.

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  32. I love the idea of two cards! Love the backgrounds. Well done.

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  33. Your backgrounds are wonderful. I really like the effect that you achieved. Nice job.

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  34. Distress inks are one of my favorite ways to create backgrounds on cards. You created such pretty backgrounds with them for your cards bases. The stamped images really pop against the backgrounds.

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  35. Lovely cards. Glad your husband is healing from his heart attack. Great tip on the foam sheets too!

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  36. This is the sweetest post. I love it. Your work is beautiful.

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  37. Glad that your husband is hanging in there. We never know how much
    time we have together. Bob and I had 45 years. He's been gone almost
    14 years. I'm so glad I had those years with him and really sorry we've
    had so many apart. Love the idea of two cards. Bob would have
    been happy to get my cards. He was always supportive of my crafting.
    thanks for sharing

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  38. Oooh, I just love the look of water drops on the inky background! These are subtle and so beautiful. I am so sorry to hear about your husband's heart attack, and glad he's getting better. Thank goodness he paid attention to this last one and got to the hospital in time. I know that you're taking good care of him, and getting two anniversary cards will help cheer him up even more!

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