Friday, October 30, 2009

Simple Holiday

Today I have 2 rustic but clean and simple cards to share with you. Both of these cards could be created in about 10-15 minutes each. If you were mass producing, it would probably be less. Both cards feature stamps by Hero Arts and kraft card stock. I love the look of kraft card stock. It goes with pretty much every color and it has a softer look than white and a more rustic look than cream. I use kraft card stock from Papertrey Ink. I love the weight of their card stock. I also pulled out some long neglected chalks. I have both the plain chalks and the shimmer chalks. I used the white of the plain chalks to get a good base of "snow" and then added some shimmer on top for more dimension. The shimmer is hard to see in the pictures but it pops in real life.

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For this first card I cut rectangles with my Nestabilities for the owl and the scalloped mat behind the owl. I started by stamping the owl in Chocolate Chip ink and then I colored over the brown with an orange stardust pen for his feet. I used the same pen for his beak. The eyes are shiny courtesy of a clear glaze pen. The scarf is finished with a green sharpie and a red stardust pen.

The strip of holly leaves was created by making score lines 1 1/2 inches apart along the lower part of the card and then I stamped the leaves randomly between the lines. The holly berries are filled in with the red stardust pen again.

I always like to finish the inside of my cards. When possible, I repeat and element from the front of the card. For the owl card I used the holly leaves again.

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My second card is finished similarly to the first card. For this card, I used a strip of patterned paper by scenic route instead of stamping my own design. When mass producing cards, this saves a lot of time. To add a little dimension, I inked the two edges of the paper. I put my stardust and glaze pens to work again on the reindeer.

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Card Stock: Bazzil (red) Georgia Pacific (white) Papertrey Ink (Kraft)
Patterned Paper: Scenic Route
Stamps: Hero Arts (reindeer, owl, holly leaf) Martha Stewart (sentiment)
Ink & Pens: Stampin Up (chocolate chip) Memento (bamboo leaves) Chalk Inks (warm red) Sakura of America (star dust pens & Glaze pens)
Embellishments: Wal-Mart (buttons) Felicia's Scrapbooks (twine) Recollections (red pearls)
Tools: Spellbinders (rectangles and scalloped rectangles)

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