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I Hope You Dance...

Although I don't have a little girl, when I saw this beautiful ballet stamp by Penny Black called Ballet Beauty, I had a vision of a card. It's kind of crazy how that happens. Here are two cards inspired by this delicate stamp.

When I saw this card, I instantly envisioned a spinner card to see her dance. I started by using a mirror stamp to make a reversed image of her. I colored both in to match and cut them out. Once they were cut, I used a 5.5" square card base to make my card.  Using soft beige patterned paper, I cut two 5.25" squares and using temporary glue tape, I adhered them to the front of the card and the top of the inside of the card.  I then used a circle die to cut out the center.  Using that same die and one slightly larger, I cut out navy card stock for a frame around the circle.  Next, I glued a thin white piece of string with 5" inches sticking out from the top and bottom between the two mirrored images.  I set that aside to dry.  Next adhere the front patterned paper, aligning the circles.  You can then add the circle frame.  Next, align the ballerina in the center of the circle using the string at the top and bottom.  You can tape the string down on the inside and fold the string over and tape that down.  This is to make sure it doesn't get pulled out.  Do the same with the bottom string, while keeping it somewhat tight.  Now you can spin the ballerina when the card opens.

In this second card, I used Ink On 3 Fadeout Ink for a no line coloring technique.  Using copics, I lightly colored her in blues and grays.  As she stood on this blank piece of paper, a simple scene came to mind.  I masked the area around her foot to make a floor.  I used a light grey to create a shadow on the floor.  Next, I used a t-ruler to create a bar right under her hand.  I die cut the image using a retired die from My Favorite Things and added some distress ink on the edges for more depth.  And just like that, this little girl is in the studio ready to dance away!

Thank you for joining me and I hope you find some inspiration.

Happy Crafting!

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