Every once in a while a stamp set comes along that earns a special place in my heart. Hold on to Hope is definitely one of those sets! Combined with the coordinating Cross of Hope die set, this set is perfect for making projects to celebrate faith, or to encourage others.
Of course, Hold on to Hope is also perfect for Easter cards, which is how I’ve used it today.
The images in Hold on to Hope are an interesting combination of styles. While the cross itself is a bit distressed, the flowers, leaves, and butterfly all have a crisp, fresh feel to them. So I decided it would be fun to try to make a card that combined both styles, too.
To start, I picked natural spring colors, plus a brown for the cross.
Then I just ‘played’ until I felt I had a good balance between ‘fresh’ and ‘distressed’. Though I don’t normally combine these two styles, I really like the look of them together!
Tips to Make This Card
Want to make this card? Here are the supplies I used, plus some tips for putting the card together.
Links to all supplies are included at the end of this post.
- Stamps: Hold on to Hope (Occasions 2018)
- 4-1/4 x 5-1/2-inch Daffodil Delight card base
- (1) piece of 4 x 5-1/4 inch Garden Green cardstock to stamp the vines on
- (1) Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Whisper White
- Ink Pads: Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Marina Mist
- Other: Cross of Hope dies (coordinates with the stamps in this set), Stitched Shapes dies, Big Shot / die-cutting machine, craft sponge, Stampin’ Pierce mat, piercing tool, linen thread, sewing needle, SNAIL adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Use the vine stamp, Garden Green ink, and the random stamping technique to make the vine patterned paper
- Stamp all of the images for the cross scene on Whisper White cardstock, then use the coordinating Cross of Hope dies to cut them out
- Cross stamped in Soft Suede
- Butterfly stamped in Daffodil Delight
- 2 vines stamped in Garden Green
- When you die cut the oval matte, leave the cardstock in the die while you sponge Marina Mist ink on the center of the shape. This will help the ink stay inside the oval, and leave a lovely white, uninked border around it. Afterwards, just wipe off your die with a damp rag.
- Hand-stitching on cards is easier if you punch holes for the stitches first. The easiest way to do this is with a Stampin’ Pierce mat and piercing tool.
- Stitch the two banner pieces together before you layer them onto your card. This way, the stitching won’t show on the inside of your card.
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