She is an icon for women's sports

Mia Hamm and US Women's Soccer are tightly linked for me.  I can't think of one without having the other pop immediately into my head.  She inspired so many girls to try soccer and they discovered the joy of challenging themselves physically.  And, now that world cup soccer is in the news again, I'm pondering the role that Mia has played in sports.  We all think of her as an amazing athlete, but she has taken on many other important roles since retiring after the Athens Olympics in 2004.  She's a mom, and she chairs a foundation that supports families and patients with transplants, as well as young women in sports.  She's clearly an inspiring woman, and I wanted to dedicate my post today because of the difference that she has made in so many lives.

A card worthy of Mia This was actually a card design that I received in a card front swap at the Stampin' Up! Convention last year.  I loved this card so much, I copied it and included it in a birthday card stamp-a-stack that I offered last fall.  The participants really loved it, and they were very impressed with the embossed background. 

The supplies to create this card are:

  • Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip
  • Markers:  Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
  • Accessories:  Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, brayer

Technique details:  To make the background, apply water based ink with a brayer to the inside of your embossing folder.  You want to ink the side of the folder that will be recessed when the image is embossed.  Once inked, lay your cardstock inside being very careful not to let the cardstock shift.  Run your embossing folder through your Big Shot machine normally, and remove.  Voila!  A beautiful embossed image with more contrast for the raised image.  To clean your embossing folder, just rinse in the sink and let it dry.  Give it a try, I'm sure that you'll love the results!