I came across Paper Smooces challenge blog yesterday and I thought I’d give the sketch a go using Paper Smooches Botanicals 2 as the main focus of my card. When deciding how to “design” my card I noticed that one of the branches from Botanicals 2 actually looks a little like mistletoe when turned upside down and that settled the deal for me: I would create a Christmas card using non-holiday themed stamps.
The sketch divides the background in two towards the bottom and for that to work for me, I simply chose to dry emboss the lower third of my background to get a sublte look while still sticking to the sketch.
Earlier this week Jennifer Mcguire posted a video showing a terrific technique for adding dimension to solid stamps using coloured pencils. Since I’ve bought Prismacolor pencils (also inspired by Jennifer Mcguire) I decided to give the technique a go. Not only is it really easy to do, it also completely transforms the look of the stamped image:
Clearly there’s nothing wrong with the image on the left side but I can see myself get rather attached to adding some extra details to solid images this way. It made SO much difference and looks terrific (if I do say so myself…). I added the mistletoe berries using Eanger Enamel Accents which is a really cool product that lets you create the look of enamel really easily. Fun stuff!
En af teknikkerne fra Stretch your Stamps 2 var at lave hjemmelavede stemplede “thickers”, og det var en sjov og nem teknik, der kan bruges i mange sammenhænge. Jeg lavede to kort – begge med enkle danske ord som fokus. Når nu man selv laver bogstaverne, kan man jo også selv bestemme, hvad de skal bruges til. Bogtaverne er lavet ved dels at stemple på og udstanse i karton, og dels at udstanse i mosgummi. Når man har udstanset både det stemplede karton og mosgummiet er det sådan set bare at lime de to dele sammen, og så har man sine egne hjemmelavede thickers.
På det første kort embossede stemplede jeg baggrundsbladene i VersaMark, så de bare fremhævede kartonets egen farve. Derudover embossede jeg kartonet (efter jeg havde stemplet) med småbitte prikker, før jeg monterede de hjemmelavede bogstaver.
Til kort nummer 2 stemplede jeg bladene i den ink, der matcher kartonet, hvilket giver et andet look, end når man bruger VersaMark. Her debossede jeg kartonet bare for at få en anden struktur end på det første kort – og så pyntede jeg med et par hvide bling.
On day 9 of Stretch your stamps 2
Julie Ebersole showed us how to do a really cool card: You build a wreath using flower stamps and once the wreath is stamped, you cut out the middle and suppend the greeting in the open inner part of the wreath. It is a really fun idea and such a cool project.
I love how – when the card is standing – you get the shadow of the greeting showing on the inside of the card. That is not something you often get on cards but it adds an extra dimension.
Because I liked the technique and the look of the resulting cards so much I did two similar cards just changing colours and accents. This pink version was actually the first card I did, not that it makes much difference 😉
While I decorated the orange version using half pearls I did this first card with stickles. I do like glitter but I didn’t think it was substantial enough and hence the half pearls on the 2nd card. For this first card I coloured the hello using the same ink I had used for the small flowers. I like that the colours match perfectly but the word became somewhat more delicate due to the paper having been soaked with ink.