I’m still getting used to blogging my adventures in art. Since Thanksgiving, I’ve been making some Christmas cards.
I’ve been following a few good card makers:
K. Werner http://kwernerdesign.com/
Jennifer McGuire http://jennifermcguireink.com/
Simon says stamp.com http://simonsaysstamp.com/
I’ve found that many of the card kits are just too cute for my taste. I seem drawn to cards that have a punch of color, or stamps that are a bit on the sassy side. These are difficult to find. Delusions and Jane Davenport are some newbies for me that start to fill the spot. I also like the flexibility with my own cards that I can orient them in non-traditional ways – using the short side as the “binding” or fold. Are most commercially made cards oriented with the long-side as the fold? I haven’t done the research, just an inkling.
I’ll add some photos of my favorite cards. I have to come back and link to the online-stores for the dies and stamps I used that I couldn’t re-find right away. (sorry) Note: these are just plain-old links, added for your convenience.
This was done with a Penny Black(?) stamp for the sentiment; and northern lights
from simon says stamp. When I find the link, I’ll add it. Since the sentiment and the color is also dotted with silver-ish highlights a piece of silver metallic paper as the backing pulled it together nicely.
This was done with Altenew mistletoe
stamp. I like the simplicity of it. The Altenew stamp set included a “build” I think is the term that allowed the darker bits in the center of the large mistletoe piece. I like the dimension it adds to an otherwise simple card. You maybe can’t tell, but I went over the berries with some “glossy accents” to give them a little extra bling and dimension. The sentiment? Also from the stamp kit, but heat embossed with gold powder. The whole thing was mounted on a piece of gold paper (amazon) that ties it together nicely and keeps it from being too simple. I might put the words a little closer together next time. But I like the use of space.
I think this one isn’t quite done. put a bird on it
stamp from Dylusions (Ranger)
The dots on the border were done with the dots stencil that came with the birds. Using a same color (Soft Tomato?) from the birds I only added a margin of dots all around. This was done with the A2 card but flipped open to use both sides of the card (both sides when folded to the standard A2).
I tried to use the Grid Collage die
in a different way. The sentiment is purposely wavy;
does this look strange or does it add a little counterpoint to the straight lines? I was concerned “straight” words would make this look too stoic. I like the contrast of the white cover with the pops of color.
How to make the pops of color?
Same Altenew sentiment stamp as above. The “PEACE” sentiment was pulled from the Stained Glass Greetings from SSS
. I double stamped them: 1 with the color, then 2 with
pearl embossing powder to give them a little dimension. It’s really difficult to see here. I’ve added another photo showing this a little better up-close (see the little sparkles).
This makes me think about my Graphic Design capstone project. I’ll need to create a logo for a business. I think this might be a opportunity for a 2-fer. Win-win. The logo is for me and Jerry…. a studios logo. ..but I digress…
Today is my big brother Hal’s birthday. He would have been 62 yo today. Happy Birthday Hal. I miss you so much. We had a lot of fun didn’t we. You were my first BF – forever.