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October 2011Trail Map: Marie’s View


 By Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished card size: 7" X 2.75"

I have created this card from Regina's fabulous sketch design for all women who have survived breast cancer and for those who are still fighting the battle.  This card is called "Hope" and I used butterflies to symbolize  the new life and strength that emerge from the journey.   For those still fighting the battle with breast cancer, please know that men and women all over  the world stand in solidarity with you and offer their support and their respect for your  courageous battle!

Warm With Love (Gina K Designs)
(Sentiment)Whimsical Wishes (Gina K Designs)
Pure Luxury White (Gina K Designs)
Pure Luxury Black Onyx (Gina K Designs)
Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink (Gina K Designs)
Memento Black Tuxedo (Tsukineko)
Memento London Fog (Tsukineko)
Copic Alcohol Markers (.too, corp )
Butterfly Embossing Stencil (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Blunt-Tipped Stencil Brush, #4  (Loew-Cornell)
Diamond Stickles (Ranger, Inc.)
Score  Tool (Scor-Pal)
Word Punch (Stampin' Up)
Label punch (Stampin' Up)
Adhesive: I use ATG Adhesive (Scotch)
Scissors: I use Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors ( Ranger, Inc.)
Stamping Block (unknown)
Trimmer (Fiskars)
Black Flower Soft (Flower-Soft)


  1. The techniques I used for this card are: Stenciling, Copic Alcohol Inking and Copic Alcohol background with watercolor effect.
  2. Card Base: 7” x 5.5”  and score in landscape view at 2.75”.  Reserve the left over white paper.
  3. Black Base Layer: 6.75” x 2.5”.   Reserve the left over paper.
  4. Top layer: 6.5” x 2.25”
  5. Place the butterfly stencil on the pink top layer and gently  tap London Fog Memento ink over the open stencil areas.  Feel free to move the stencil to position the butterflies in the area you would like.   Stencil by tapping straight down rather than at an angle.   Make certain to have the amount of ink coverage you like.
  6. Adhere the top pink layer to the black base layer.  Place a punch in the upper left side of your paper using Stampin’ Up Word punch.
  7. Again, use the word punch on your reserved black paper.
  8.  Position the label punch over the top of your paper with the word punch window.  Position the label punch so it is even around the edges.  Punch the paper again and this will give you a label frame around your  word punch.  Do I have you totally confused yet?
  9.  The goal is to create a frame for your word punch and it is easiest to start with you word punch and place the label punch over the top for accurate and even positioning.  This is what the finished frame looks like.
  10.  Adhere the frame over the word punch window  that you originally made on your base layers.
  11.  Stamp your sentiment on some reserved white cardstock.  The sentiment "Hope"  from Gina K’s Whimsical Wishes fits nicely within the space of the word punch window but you can experiment and find many other sentiments that fit your cards. Adhere the sentiment to the underside of your base layer and position to center it  in the middle of your word punch window.  
  12.  Stamp a butterfly on some reserved Pure Luxury White card stock.  Color the image with B04, B02, B000 and BG23.   In order to give a watercolor effect,  I placed dots of  Copic R20, B000, C01 on the right side of the background and use a light flicking motion with  B000 over the dots in an outward motion away from your focal image.  Create a mat with reserved black card stock.
  13. Adhere ribbon to the card.  Applied a black ribbon vertically and horizontally.  Add a strip of pink ribbon down the center of  the horizontal  black ribbon to match the sketch.   Sketch a breast cancer ribbon and color it with RV10 and RV13.  Apply  it to a small black triangle.    Placed some glue on the body of the butterfly and pour  black Flower Soft over the body.  Allow the glue dry.  Resist the urge to keep touching it while it dries (smile).   Lightly place some Diamond Stickles on the image.  My motto is that less is more when it comes to Stickles.   A little gives an elegant touch…   too much detracts from your Copic inking.  I hope you enjoyed this card as much I I enjoyed creating this card for the challenge and for honoring Breast Cancer Month!                                                               Marie

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3 Responses »

  1. Marie,
    Your card is truly symbolic of the message you're sending in this months Trail Map. You had me choked up in the post. Truly a wonderful dedication to the survivors and fighters everywhere.
    Lisa xx

  2. Marie, You did a great job on this--I LOVE the soft look it has to it and your butterfly is fantastic.
    Hugs, Nola

  3. Marie, Your card is wonderful. The way you did the background on the pink paper with the stencil and the London Fog ink looks great. Your butterfly is also stunning with the black flower soft it almost looks real. The watercolor look is great.
    Pat x