Hi friends, today I am feeling so honored to be part of a very special event! My Instagram friend (and a crafter I deeply admire!) Natasha Davies is having an Instagram hop for EDS/HSD awareness. You can check out her blog post here. She has also set up a Just Giving link that directs funds directly to the EDS.org for anyone that would like to donate. There are so many talented crafters sharing their projects in this hop along with several generous sponsors who are giving several prizes too.
The purpose of this hop is to spread awareness about EDS/HSD and when I heard about this, I wanted to be a part of it too. I also Googled and learned more about this condition:
The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a group of connective tissue disorders that can be inherited and are varied both in how they affect the body and in their genetic causes. They are generally characterized by joint hypermobility (joints that stretch further than normal), skin hyperextensibility (skin that can be stretched further than normal), and tissue fragility.
Hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) are a group of conditions related to joint hypermobility (JH). HSD are intended to be diagnosed after other possible answers are excluded, such as any of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) including hypermobile EDS (hEDS). HSD, just like hEDS, can have significant effects on our health. Whatever the problems that arise, whatever the diagnosis, it is important that these effects are managed appropriately and that each person is treated as an individual.
HSD and hEDS can be equal in severity, but more importantly, both need similar management, validation, and care. I believe we as crafters can do way more than entertain – we can come together to support each other and in doing so become a part of something way bigger than ourselves. Isn’t that why we craft?
With that said, let’s move on to today’s cards. As you all know, we are having #useyourcraftystash challenge going on (read about it and play along here to win prizes). I am sharing tips for it here and also on Instagram.
Here’s what I embraced – digital stamps and adding foiling with laminator!
I admit, this isn’t completely new tool or technique to the crafting world. But foiling with a laminator is definitely something I hadn’t ventured into until today. And I must say I loved it :)
Ok, that’s a lot of words without any actual card pictures. Sorry. Here are the cards:
- My digital stamps (You can get them by subscribing to my blog. For more details, check out this post.)
- Laser printer. I use a basic one that we use for everything else at home. I am linking to it below.
- Laminator. Again I use a really basic one. I got it during Thanksgiving for a really god price. I am linking to it below and also another one that I think will work equally well.
- Deco foil from Thermoweb.
- Start your laminator and let it get heated. I found best results on mine using the 5mil setting and it took about 5-7 mins for the Ready light to come on.
- Resize and print images – I printed one on a 8.5 x 11 patterned paper from an old Spellbinders card kit and another one on 8.5 x 11 Vellum. I did two images on each one. Used one from each paper today and saved another one for another fun project I will share in a few days (Make Multiple!)
- Take a piece of normal printer paper and fold it in half to be a carrier sheet for the laminator.
- Lay the foil with silver side down on top of the printed piece and put both of them inside the carrier sheet.
- Run it through laminator.
- Shake to let it cool, peel off the foil and enjoy the beautiful foiled piece.
- For card 1:
- Using MISTI and Gina K Black Amalgam ink stamp the sentiment.
- Add a few strokes of blue color inside the flowers and leaves using Jelly Roll blue pen.
- Dry emboss the front of a black cardbase using Fun Stampers Journey Inspire embossing folder.
- Foam mount the foiled rectangle piece.
- Add a rectangle of white paper on the inside for writing a message.
- For card 2:
- Trim a rainbow patterned paper the same size as an A2 card front.
- Using WaffleFlower A2 create a frame from a gold mirrored cardstock.
- Adhere the gold frame on top of vellum panel and add thin stripes of foam tape behind this frame to add it to the rainbow colored panel.
- Adhered on top of a card base and add several sentiment stickers.
Hope you liked these cards and will definitely try something like this :)
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