Hope and Love

As I mentioned in a couple of earlier posts, my daughter and I spent the weekend in New York City.  While we were enjoying the sights, sounds, food, and activities available to us, I was also “collecting” inspiration.  As soon as I saw the first of two Pop Art sculptures by Robert Indiana, I knew I wanted to make something inspired by it.  So, I took a photo:

Hope Sculpture in NYC by Robert Indiana

The simple, glossy red letters with blue interiors sitting on a black base just spoke to me.

I found it’s mate in other traveling around.  We like to do as much moving around on foot as possible (i.e. that we can stand).  Otherwise, you miss so many interesting spots.

I made two quick, fun cards inspired by the sculptures.

Love and Hope cards from theartfulinker.com inspired by Robert Indiana sculptures

I toyed with using a different background color but, the letters just didn’t pop the way I wanted them to…the way they do in the photo of the sculpture.

The Basic Black card base measures 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2 and is scored down the center.

Hope card from theartfulinker.com inspired by Robert Indiana sculpture

Each card has a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Basic Black.

This layer was run through the Festive embossing folder.

Then, it was added to the card base using Dimensionals.  Be sure to place Dimensionals in the center as well as along the edges so that the middle of the card does not sag.

Tip:  When using the Festive embossing folder, you’ll want to center your cardstock on the design.  Bear in mind that due to the intricate nature of the design, the embossed cardstock dimensions will shrink slightly.  The cardstock seems to shrink on the right hand side (that was the first side into the Big Shot for me).  You can compensate by starting with it a little off center to the right.  Or, easier is to center it at the beginning and accept that the design will be ever so slightly off center.

Hope card - detail - from theartfulinker.com

I cut two sets of letters for each card using the Large Letters Framelits.  The letters were cut from Real Red and Pacific Point cardstocks.  After gluing them together so that the Pacific Point peaks out the right hand side, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to create a glossy surface.  It was super easy to outline the letters and fill in the outline with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  No muss, no fuss.

Tip: To keep from having bubbles in your glossy surface, use the Fine Tip Glue Pen at a slight angle and move slowly so that the glue flows out rather than spurts.

Love card from theartfulinker.com inspired by Robert Indiana sculpture

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