Message of Hope

Nine years ago I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. I am blessed to be living a productive and healthy life since treatment and I am grateful for every moment I have on this earth. I created this tag card in honor of my cancer warrior friends who have fought the battle and have inspired hope for many of us along the way.

Large shipping tag 3 1/8″ x 6 1/4″ or card stock cut to size.
Watercolor paper 2″ x 2 1/2″
Scrapbook paper  2 3/8″ x 3 1/4″ and 2 7/8″ x 5 1/4″
Flower stamp by Hero Arts CL495
Splash Ink Acrylic Mixing Colors
Black and white bakers twine
Glitter Factory black small and large glass beads
White glue
Inspirational stamps or quotes
Black stamp pad
Pigment pad
Embossing powder, pink
Makeup sponge


Stamp the flower onto the watercolor paper and let dry.
Paint the background first with Splash Ink. Use several drops of Blue and a drop or two of Magenta to make a deep blue. To make a deeper blue, paint one layer and let it dry, then paint another layer. This is called “glazing.”
Paint the flower with Splash Ink. First, dampen the entire flower with a wet brush and drop magenta at the center and watch the color spread outwards.
Mix a drop of Yellow with several drops of Magenta to make a soft pink and paint areas of the petals for contrast. Make sure you leave some areas white.
Paint the inside of the flower with a mixture of Black, Magenta and Yellow. Paint several layers to make the color even deeper.
Once the flower is dry, add the beads by applying white glue in the center of the flower and sprinkle the black beads. Fill in areas with dark glitter. I stamped the word “hope” with a pigment pad and sprinkled pink embossing powder then cured it with a heat gun.
Fold the larger piece of scrapbook paper and stamp or write a sentiment on the inside. Use a dry makeup sponge and dip it into a little Magenta Splash Ink and dab off most of the color then apply it to the outer edges of the white paper. You may want to practice this first on some scrap paper. It should look very soft and subtle like it was applied with an airbrush.
Color the bakers twine pink by brushing on a mixture of Magenta and Yellow Splash Ink. Set aside and let it dry or use a blow dryer to speed drying time.

Assemble the tag book and attach the string to the reinforced hole, then tie with a loose knot.

Hope is believing in a brighter tomorrow.

Karen Elaine

5 thoughts on “Message of Hope

  1. This is lovely in every way–the message, the design the photographs. And I applaud you for your bravery and strength–and for sharing your message with the world!

  2. Karen, this is so beautiful! And you know I LOVE Splash Ink, so watching you use it is such a treat for me! I can’t wait to try dropping it in the middle of an image!!
    Many blessings to you for good health! And you are a warrior for sure!!

  3. Lovely post Karen!

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