D is for Design

Greetings!  I am blessed and humbled to announce that my friend Karen Letchworth invited me to be the guest designer for the month of August, at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  This truly blog-worthy site is dedicated to sharing God's word, as well as being a blessing and encouragement for its readers to be creative in any family-friendly form of visual arts.

Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - D is for Design
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #322
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make a Plan
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Bella's 52 Photos Project: Gallery 14 {My Morning}
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #154
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 22 Year 5
Illustration Friday
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #188
For this week's project, I decided to make an Artist Trading Card (ATC) & coordinating origami envelope, which I plan to give to a friend as a reminder of one of God's promises.  I began by printing this week's free Scripture file on white cardstock - feel free to grab it at the WAW #195 link above.  I cropped it down to the official 2.5" x 3.5" ATC size and rounded the corners with an EKSuccess punch.  Next, I doodled a leaf corner design to coordinate with the print of the origami paper I wanted to use for the envelope.  I traced it with a black uni-ball air pen and colored it with Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I blended the colors with a wet paintbrush.  When they were dry, I distressed the edges of my ATC with a walnut ink pad and Tim Holtz blending tool.  I made a hand lettered label using the same procedure.  Finally, I made a simple origami envelope, which you can figure out how to make through my pictures or look online for instructions.  As a finishing touch, I glued my label to the envelope.

I hope you enjoyed my simple idea on how to use this week's Scripture.  Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to leave a much appreciated comment.  Blessings!


Melissa Bove said…
Such a beautiful ATC Arnoldo! Your work always delights me!! Stunning!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Indrani said…
That was like a tutorial. Good one. :)
Congrats on your invite to WAW!
Unknown said…
I truly admire people who are creative and are able to make things with their hands... and for the patience they have!

You've created a wonderful gift and i hope that the receiver of it will realy appreciate the gesture and the work it took to make it.

Trubes said…
Congratulations Ronaldo,,
You are truly blessed in your creative talents.

I love your works and words,

Best wishes,
ABCW team.
Barb said…
What a beautiful ATC and envelope Arnoldo. Your work is truly inspired. Thank you for visiting earlier. Barb#20
Shoshi said…
Thank you for sharing this precious ATC, Arnoldo - what a beautiful Scripture, and so beautifully interpreted and presented, too. I love the envelope you made for it. Anyone would be so pleased to receive such a gift!

Thank you for your good wishes and encouragement - after about 10 days I do seem to pick up, now that the chemo dose has been reduced a bit, and it's so lovely to be able to get in the studio and just play and feel fulfilled!! I'm afraid everyone's going to have to wait just a little longer for the Big Reveal on my mystery projects lol! Nothing like keeping everyone on tenter hooks, is there!

Happy WOYWW and every blessing,
Shoshi #30
Valerie-Jael said…
Beautiful work as always, Valerie
Joy said…
A rather nice autumnal feel to your creation.
Hi Arnoldo, loving the ATcs and the envelope too. I've joined your followers today, thought I had already but obviously not. Anyway I'm here now my friend. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 19
Lizzie said…
Such a lovely and beautifully crafted gift - your friend will be so happy to receive this. Well done for being chosen as the featured designer this time!

I'm visiting from JuliaDunnit's blog, for WOYWW - #51 this week!
Lizzie x
Jo Ann said…
Hi Arnoldo...Thank you for visiting my site and leaving me a comment. I am so delighted that you are one of our August Guest Designers at WAW and loving your project. I know that the Lord is going to bless your labor of love to highlight His Word. I just finished publishing the post for WAW in my site and if you have the time, hop in there for some inspiration. Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
April said…
Congrats on your being a guest designer. You are so talented which shows in your ATC and envelope. Love the scripture. :-)
April #39
Lmkazmierczak said…
Great verse and beautiful design work...congrats on your blogging success♪
Anonymous said…
I very much like the "Remember" detail! Congrats on your invitation:)
Leslie: said…
How beautiful, Arnoldo! And congratulations on your honour of designing this. What lovely way to spread God's word.

abcw team
WAW was really blessed to have you as a guest designer this week. Your ATC is awesome, as is the beautiful envelope you created to house it in. Your recipient will be very pleased.

Thanks for visiting me earlier. Happy belated WOYWW from #2.
Jill said…
Lovely work
Huge congrats Ronaldo, very worthy choice !!!

....and truly love this verse "in Thy presence is fullness of joy.... " ah that joy is there for the taking if we but by faith in Him walk, in the Light of that peace and joy each day... " the joy of the Lord is our Strength " is another verse and linked in intent to this I believe.

Wonderful gift, beautifully made.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}
skillz you have, as they say

Great idea. Love the envelope and ATC. Prg R %3
peggy aplSEEDS said…
Beautiful, autumn colors, Arnoldo! I miss making ATCs. They're such lovely little works of art, aren't they! Congrats on being invited to be guest designer. Your project is wonderful!
Happy WOYWW and thanks so much for already dropping by!
Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS
mandysea said…
oh wow... you might have said that its a simple idea, but in every sense of these words, its so eloquent and effective. I love the rich vibrant autumn colours and handmade envelope - beautiful for scripture. Watercolour work and outlining - perfect! Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, and congrats on your guest design position!
Ayala Art said…
It looks great, very elegant!
Amazing artwork as always Arnoldo!
Happy PPF!
PaintingWrite said…
Arnoldo, this is absolutely beautiful. The design and script you used and the beautiful autumnal colours are just lovely. I'm sure your friend was really touched to receive such a personal, thoughtful gift.
Sandy said…
I am sure the recipient of your wonderfully thoughtful ATC will be thrilled.
Happy PPF
Sandy :)
Faye said…
Your ATC is gorgeous, Arnoldo. I love that challenge blog WAW. I have entered things in the past and should try to get back into that. I am so pleased that Karen chose you to be the August artist.
SLScheibe said…
The ATC is beautiful and so nicely done. Such an elegant set! :)
Christine said…
wonderful creative ATC!
Congreats! I will need to stop by and see what other beautiful things (like this weeks) you post.
Michelle said…
Such a wonderful idea! And so beautifully done. Such a pretty card! Thank you for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I hope you "plan" on joining us again soon. ;)
Wanda said…
What a WIN ~ WIN ~ Scripture and Art.....And then to share it with a friend. I love it.
Giggles said…
What a wonderful gift to share with a friend! Such beautiful script! A real classy piece!

Hugs Giggles
alp said…
Curioso blog... Un abrazo desde Murcia y feliz verano....
Hannah said…
It's always good to think of all the good things God has for us and plans for our future with Him. What an inspiring presentation.
Maiah Harrison said…
That's very creative and inspiring. Anyone receiving that for a present will surely be delighted and encouraged :-)
GranthamLynn said…
Very creative. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing.
Have a Blessed Day.
Lilian said…
Great ATC + envelope! Glad to be a co-guest with you this month!
The Leaf Studio
These are great, Arnoldo and I LOVE the matching envelope! :)