This week over at Mixed Media Monday we’ve been challenged to use our “leftovers” – those bits and pieces left lying around after other projects are finished. Here is what I had lying around my desk:
A small 4″ x 4″ canvas, that had fallen down from somewhere, bits of text and music paper, a dragonfly stamped onto tissue paper, painted background paper with paisley stamping, a piece of cream cord, a circle punch and a few pieces of black card with some cutouts from the Pazzle cutter.
And here is the end result:
MMM Leftovers 4" x 4" canvas
Dragonfly and text stamp by Collections. Paisley stamps by See D’s.
I have added the details about how I made it over at Mixed Media Art.
Each year I endeavour to make a selection of Christmas cards to send to those friends and family that I won’t see over the Festive Season. I hope the Postie strike won’t hold them up too much from reaching their destination!
This year my design included a background made using the Credit Card Technique, with some Inque Boutique Stamp swirls and sentiments cut from my Pazzles Cutter. I was very pleased with the results.
Christmas cards with credit card painting technique background
For a few years, I had become very discouraged making my handmade cards; they take a lot of work and noone seemed to appreciate them. A few years ago, at Beachhouse Boulevard Stamp Camp, one of the ladies commented how she had noticed that if someone sees a handmade Christmas card, on your shelf, amongst all the store bought ones, the handmade one will be the only one that is picked up and examined and admired. That got me thinking. Prehaps my cards had been appreciated, by those receiving them and others as well. So I’m back into making my Christmas cards each year.
I usually begin making my Christmas cards about September and try not to fuss too much over the design. The credit card technique was the perfect method for creating these backgrounds as I got them finished fairly quickly and I got quite a few done. I used old papers from a conference journal, which wasn’t going to be used for anything else. It had interesting text and diagrams that can still just be seen, if you are looking closely. The text underneath also creates that first layer to provide the layers of paint and stamping a little more depth. The swirl stamps are my absolute favourite at the moment, and with a little metallic ink, they help to convey the Christmas-y feel. These layers were all stuck together with double-sided tape, onto ivory, semi gloss card.
Wishing all of you a wonderful end to 2009, regardless of what you celebrate at this time of year. Hope you have a very crafty 2010.
Lots of smiles and laughter,
This week I have joined a new challenge site – Gothic Arches. Their challenge is theme Vintage Children for this week.
Gothic Arches - Vintage Children
I created my own arch and cut it out with my new Pazzles cutter, which I also used to make the “ballet” lettering and the ballerina. The ballerina image came from Karen Whimsy‘s fantastic image site. The vintage girl image is from the Collage Images group on Flickr – certainly worth joining if you are always after images.
Swirls stamps are part of the Nightingale set, from See-D’s (stamped in Brilliance Black and Galaxy Gold inks) and the music stamp is from Stamp-It (stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy). The white images are from a Collections plate.