Monday, August 13, 2007

Thinking of You

Today I have 2 cards that are almost the same, just slightly tweaked colors and accessories. I hesitated to put these up, because to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I like them. Maybe you won't either, or maybe you will. In any case, at least I'm stamping, and maybe I can learn from mistakes. Feel free to tell me what you think about them, what you do and don't like, what I might tweak to make 'em better.

Card #1:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs (love this new stamp set), Sincere Salutations
Ink: Handsome Hunter classic pad, Very Vanilla craft pad
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Blush Blossom, Elegant Eggplant card stock
Accessories: embossing powder, paper snips, dimensionals

Technique: embossing. I just inked up the stamp with vanilla ink, poured embossing powder over it, ran heat tool over that to melt the EP, let it cool (important step - stamping injuries can be surprisingly painful!), then trimmed the edges with the paper snips. Those little scissors are great, because you can trim so closely to edges and they're super-sharp and cut all the way to the tips.

Card #2:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, Perfect Plum classic pads
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Blush Blossom, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow card stock
Accessories: Metal Edged Tags - square, Crystal Effects, paper snips, dimensionals

No interesting technique on this one, but I did remove the paper from the middle of the Metal-Edged tag, then cut a square of Blush Blossom cardstock and mounted it underneath the tag with a little Crystal Effects (this stuff is so versatile). The trick to getting the paper out of the tag is to cut a big X through the middle of it. Once you pull out the first triangle, the rest are easier to remove, and then you can customize the paper. It's an easy way to give something a little extra highlight on your work, but without letting the background show through - if I'd just taken out the paper and not replaced it, you'd see the background on the main layer. Plus, the edge of the tag by itself would be harder to mount, because how do you attach such a thin piece of metal to the paper so it's popped up, but without your adhesive showing?

Actually, there is a little trick to these cards - on most of my cards, the largest layer is actually the card "base" where I'd eventually write something. If this were a "normal" card, that would be the Handsome Hunter layer, but to write on that, you HAVE to have a gel pen or something similar, or else you won't be able to read the words. For this card, I cut a piece of Handsome Hunter into a 5.5" x 4.25" rectangle - a quarter sheet of cardstock. Then I cut the Blush Blossom cardstock so that it was 5.25" x 8", folded it in half, then mounted that on the Handsome Hunter. Now when you go to open the card, you're not opening a Handsome Hunter card, you're opening a Blush Blossom one, and you can use almost any pen to write on that!


Redheadskydiver said...

The baroque motifs is a set that I have marked in the catalog too. I think the cards turned out nice. Maybe switching the words and the center design in location would be more appealing?

Emy said...


I've been thinking about this (what I should do is actually go into my room and actually experiment, but that would be too easy, right?), and I think that the problem is at least partly one of color. The contrast between the Perfect Plum and Blush Blossom is too much. It might work better if I'd done the little square motif on Pale Plum, or something softer.

It might also help if I made that bit larger (slap it on a layer that's like a half inch larger on all sides, for example), which would take over some of the extra space on the Blush Blossom layer, and even it out a little better.

Or...maybe I'm just thinking too much and I should shut up and send them off to someone. ;)