Thursday, September 19, 2013

Vintage inspired stampings

Here are two cards I made then photographed with my hipstamatic iphone app which gives a beautiful hazy, aged effect.

For this project the edges of cream cardstock are antiqued (torn, distressed and inked) and the images are embossed for a nice contrast.  The card stock for the actual card is a rich chocolate color with a tapestry print.

In the first image, the bird stamp is duplicated, cut and layered.
In the second image I added a little dimension with a layered "adore" sticker, printed ribbon, a button, bling and tulle netting.

Both stamped images are delicately colored with distress ink to keep the vintage effect and then conservatively embellished with Stickles (less is more for this project).

For these cards I opted not to make either occasion specific (birthday, thank you, etc) and leave it open.

Corset Stamp - Stampendous
Bird Cage - Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hand Stamped Cherry Card Project

Here is a fun project - I usually make one of a kind cards but a friend suggested making many of the same type. This is not always possible, especially for embellishments that I may not have duplicates of, but this is entirely doable for simple cards.

 Here is an example of a set I tried. I did two different designs - one for "happy birthday and another for "thank you".  Between the two there are a few noticeable differences....besides the sentiment, thewidth of the border and the sparkly enamel bling, you may notice that the cherry image looks different.   One thing I tried is to use Glossy Accents on one of the cherry stamped images but you can see that it changed the color. It looks neat - much more like Ranier Cherries, but does not have the true red I was going for. I will be mindful of this the next time I use Glossy Accents over alcohol ink colored images.  On the plus side it blended the colors for a more seamless look.


entering into ABC Challenge -