If you saw my post yesterday, you might be doing a double-take. I did promise to share the second card that I created with the supplies for the virtual club gathering. This one uses the same layout, but I used the Rococo Rose side of the Oh So Ombre patterned paper. One of the nice things about using mostly neutral colors is that they will coordinate with any color that you decide to add for a pop. This time around instead of the cute colored donkey I used a softly colored butterfly from the “A Touch of Ink” Sale-A-Bration stamp set. I stamped off the pink coloring of the butterfly one time to soften the color and then applied some Wink of Stella on time to make it even prettier. I love my “Wink” as a way to quickly add something special to a creation!

For several years now I’ve been observing Lent daily by sending out cards “just because”. I’m not a huge fan of the sacrifice model of observation, but I whole-heartedly support the concept of taking something extra on each day (except Sunday) to more deeply engage in the season. Every day when I send a batch of cards, I’m thinking about the recipients and I pray for them. I can’t begin to count the number of times that people have told me that my card came at just the perfect time to give them a lift. And every time I had no idea that they had some extra challenges happening. I’m so blessed that I can do this and make a small difference for people. Whether you observe Lent or not, I encourage you to get your homemade cards in the hands of your friends and family. It seems like a small thing, but for many it really is a big deal. I’ll be adding this card to my stash of cards that I’m sending this year.

I used this older sketch as the layout inspiration for these cards. I think that vertical strip is perfect for an accent, and I’m envisioning some other options. I think another one that I may try is some patterned paper in the background with an embossed vertical strip. I do like how this layout really draws the eye to the focal image.

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