Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Heaven's Gate by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps

Hello. Welcome to my Blog. Today I have three cards that I created with the Heaven's Gate Stamp from Blue Knight Rubber stamps. The first card holds very special meaning to me. I will explain below.

I have a YouTube Video demonstrating how 
I made my first card with the Rainbow Clouds:

I read several books written by Christians who have had near death experiences (have died but were revived and could describe their visit to heaven). Many people described that in Heaven there are so many beautiful colors, ones we have never seen before. This is what inspired me to make the clouds in a rainbow of colors. I know my sister Kris is in heaven and not only is she painting with all the colors she sometimes paints me a beautiful sunset at night. I couldn't help but to think of her when I used this stamp. Kris passed away on 3/20/2016 at the age of 47. She loved painting and was also becoming a card maker. When she passed away unexpectedly all of her card making supplies were given to me. I didn't know anything about card making at the time but I knew how important it was to Kris. Several family members wanted to sell all of her card making supplies at a garage sale, but I could not bear to see the things that meant so much to my sister be sold. So I said I would take these things to my house, although I did not have the room for so many boxes and totes.

My sister had things I had never heard of (embossing powders? die cutting machine? stamp positioning platform?). At first it was far too painful to play with her toys, but bit by bit (and leaning on my faith in the Lord) I started to pull some things out of her stash and used them in my crafting projects. I didn't start my card making journey until a full year after Kris passed away. It was around the one year anniversary of her death that I stumbled upon a YouTuber who was a card maker. I found this You Tuber because of a crafting video, not a card video. But I checked out her other videos and discovered she had videos that explained how to use all of Kris's wonderful tools. I fully embraced her hobby and now when I am creating cards I feel close to Kris. She is my crafting angel. I miss her everyday because she was not only my sister, she was my closest friend.

Now about the card -To create this card, I used PanPastels in a rainbow of colors and the Blue Knight Rubber Stamps Cloud Stencil. I used makeup blending brushes to create the clouds. I then stamped the image in my stamp position tool using archival ink. I used a piece of acetate to help me line up the sentiment "Welcome Home," which I stamped between the gates. I then used the acetate to line up the second sentiment "Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant." Using a stamp positioning tool, I was able to arch the "Well Done" sentiment above the doors of the gates.  If you do not want to use rainbow colors for your clouds, you could use blue for your clouds, or orange and yellow (sunset colors).

To finish the card I sprayed it with hairspray. This helps to seal the PanPastels and prevents smudging. You can also use Krylon Sealant. I used holographic silver foil paper to mat the background behind the card and adhered the card to an A2 sized top folding white card base. My card panel and base were created on Accent Opaque 110 lbs. paper. 

It so easy to create stunning backgrounds with PanPastels. Blue Knight Rubber Stamps offers two different sets of perfectly complimentary PanPastel Palettes. Sunrise and Sunset offers seven colors such as red, orange and yellow. Day and Night also has seven colors of PanPastels including blue, violet and green. They come with blending sponges that can be used to apply the PanPastels to paper. I used these two PanPastel Palettes in making Card #1.  

Card #2

For card #2, I used three separate Blue Knight Rubber Stamps sets: Heaven's Gate, Misty Mountains and Hot Air Balloon. First I stamped Heaven's Gate on Accent Opaque 100 lbs. card stock using alcohol marker friendly black ink. I created a mask with masking paper and covered the image with the masking paper. I then stamped with Misty Mountains. Finally, I picked three balloons from the Hot Air Balloon stamp set and stamped them in the clouds. I colored the entire scene with alcohol markers. I used a piece of light blue foil as a mat behind the panel and then I adhered the panel to an A2 card base.  I really like how this card was so easy to create and color. I like the three dimensional look that the open gates create. It really does look like the gates open to ocean! 

Card #3

For Card #3, I stamped the image and sentiments with embossing ink. I used my stamp positioning tool to stamp onto navy blue card stock. I then used white embossing powder and heat embossed the stamped image and the sentiments. I glued the card panel onto a piece of silver holographic foil paper and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base. For my card base I used Accent Opaque 110 lbs. paper. Using the white embossing powder to create this card makes the gates look like The Pearly Gates. 

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  1. I just finish reading this and thank you for sharing. I just lost my 19 year old grand son to a drug overdoes and it the worst experience I have ever had to deal with,my heart goes out to you. So nice when we find our positive spin on thing from a person death. They will always be in our hearts but they do give us directions sometimes.

  2. Tracy I am sorry for your loss. Your story above about your wonderful sister Kris is beautiful. I am sure Kris smiles every time you make a card, now enjoying a shared passion. God works in mysterious ways. You have definitely found your talent in card making, FSC administration/ creation and YouTube teacher! Your card above is a beautiful labor of love.

  3. Tracy, beautiful cards and a beautiful story. I've had this pulled up in a tab but only just now got around to reading it. Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind. I typically use the King James but I really like the way this is worded in the NIV. " for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I'm so sorry about your sister, but she's in the best place you can be and you have a way to connect with her and have peace now when you use her things. Big hugs and God bless you.


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