Welcome back to the craft room and today’s Gift From Heaven Plaque post. Back in February of 2022 I spent a long weekend with my sister. While there, I was playing with my new Glimmer Hot Press Foil machine by Spellbinders. After creating a handful of foiled images using Yana Smakula’s Magnolia Glimmer Blooms Hot Foil Set, sat down and played with colors. One of the color combinations caught my sister’s attention and she asked me if she could have the finished image. I told her she could, but I needed to take it back home with me and properly document the color combination first. Let me show you what I made for her with that pretty image.
Magnolia Glimmer Blooms Image
After creating a few images with the Spellbinders Magnolia Glimmer Blooms hot foil set by Yana Smakula, I spent time coloring them. As you can see in the image below, I used both Copic markers and Tombow Dual Brush Pens. They all came out beautifully, but one caught my sisters eye over the others.
In the image below the blossoms were colored with Copic Markers in RV63, RV66, and RV69. The flower centers were colored with YR14 and the stem with E13. The image was created on a piece of 110lb Recollections card in white with Spellbinders gold hot foil. This is the color combination she really loved, and it was my favorite as well.
The Plaque Background
When I thought about how I wanted the plaque to turn out, it seemed so very easy. The execution, not so much. I found a beautiful quote online that I wanted to use and I knew I wanted to also print a 5”x7” rectangle to surround everything. What didn’t occur to me as how difficult it would be to print everything on a letter size piece of card and get it cut down to fit an 8”x10” frame.
I began this process by creating the 5”x7” frame in the center on a piece of printer paper. After cutting the shape out with an exacto knife I lined it up with a piece of card stock. I then taped it into place so it wouldn’t move, I began ink blending around the outer edge into the center with Salvaged Patina Distress Ink. It was left to air dry for a bit before I ran the card stock through the printer to add the sentiment and the outer border.
This is where the issues started. Somehow the printer paper and card stock were not lined up correctly. I think what happened was the printer paper got turned over after cutting out the center. It obviously was NOT lined up perfectly center, so the printing was off. Take two. To ensure the same mistake was avoided, I made a mark at the top of the page. This time when I sent the card stock through the printer, it worked perfectly.
To add even more decoration to the plaque I grabbed some die cuts that had been in my craft room for ages. My sister had purchased the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Blossom Corner die set. During one visit, I sat in her craft room and cut a bunch of them out from white, cream, and black card stock. This project seemed perfect for using two of the corners. They added the perfect delicate touch to offset the Magnolia Blooms.
After I adhered everything in place, I placed the plaque into a white 8”x10” frame purchased from Walmart. Just like that, it was finished and ready for delivery!
The Gift From Heaven Plaque
I am so happy with how this project tuned out. My sister was on vacation while I was working on it, so I could have waited to give it to her. Instead of doing that, I stopped at her place to pick something up and dropped the plaque off. It was placed on her coffee table facing her chair so she would see it when she sat down after returning home. She was surprised and she loved it!
I had so much fun working on this Gift From Heaven Plaque for my sister. Every time I visit I smile when I see it sitting in a prominent place in her living room. Have you ever created something like this before? If so, let me know about it in the comments below. I would love to hear all about it!
Until then, have a fantastic week ahead and I will see you back here in the craft room real soon!