I know I promised to post some Christmas cards, but I haven’t
photographed them yet, while I did have this wedding card “on film” already, so I guess Christmas cards will have to wait. Again. 🙂
It looks deceptively simple, yet it took me half the night to make it. I used an interesting patterned paper from Basic Grey for the background which I distressed, then overlaid with a loose vellum sheet that I stitched on. I used the ends of the thread to dangle some rhinestones from, then I stamped the bride and groom’s initials on the vellum with metallic ink.
I also made a matching bookmark, which I’ll share with you next time!
I made this during a demonstration to show how easy it is to create a striking card with little more than white card stock, stamps, ink pads and a bit of creativity.
I coloured the bottom third of the card with Celadon ink by masking the top area and then rubbing the ink across the page. For the top I repeated a large solid stamp which I clear embossed, then, using an ink blending tool, I created the background with green & black Distress Inks. Nice, huh? Even the “ribbon” is an embossed stamp strip. The black bird is raised with foam squares to add dimension and interest.
This ATC was made for a Butterfly theme swap on ATCsForAll.com. I used Perfect Pearl powders on all the stamping which gives it the most beautiful sheen when turned in the light, just like real butterfly wings!
I had to make an ATC of my choice for a Swapbot swap, so I thought I’d join in the fun over on the Sunday Stampers blog, where the theme for the week is “Our House“. Since I bought this really cute stamp set at a sale the other day, I immediately knew what I was going to make 🙂 I was initially going to use the house image to tie in better with the theme, but in the end I just had to use the couch stamp. You see, we have this amazing leather couch in our living room that is just perfect for sitting, sleeping, entertaining, relaxing, chatting, watching TV, typing long blog posts like this one, and many other random activities pertaining to life.
This ATC celebrates the well known fact that “no house is a home without your favourate couch” …okay, I made that up, but I can’t think why it should not be true! I used mostly “Love, Elsie” products except for the background and journalling frame. This little piece of papier kuns is also laden with foam tape and Glossy Accents like there’s no tomorrow 😉
I have wanted a good excuse to start a Christmas ornament collection for some time, so I didn’t think twice before joining the swap. But when I started thinking of what I was going to make, it slowly dawned on me that mailing 10 medium weight packages overseas is going to cost me a small fortune. So I decided that a few design limitations will be in order, especially since I’ve learned a long time ago that it’s when we have to stretch beyond what’s easy/comfortable that we do our most creative work.
So I set my restrictions: the cheapest type of mail is a standard letter. That means it has to be flat (there goes my “angels made out of large beads” idea), it can’t be metal (there goes my metal tree idea) and it has to be very light (there goes most of my other ideas). And because I don’t do fabric, it didn’t leave a lot of “light, flat, non-metal” options. Which eventually didn’t matter, since these ornaments turned out perfect!
I used a glue ink pad to stamp winter swirls on the large star, and the word “joy” on the small star, traced the edge with white glue, then covered everything with glitter (and I mean everything, including myself and half the room LOL). Then I added some beads as a final touch 🙂 Now I just have to come up with a new “flat, light, non-metal” ornament before the next round…
PS: Thanks for all the amazing ornaments I received, they are a joy to behold!!
This is an extra ATC that I sent along with the 12 Months ATC swap to thank my swap partner (who’s name starts with ‘L’) for being so patient. Ironically, this extra one came out better than most of the required ones, I think! This is definitely one of my all time favourites!