Thursday, August 11, 2011

Stamps and Christmas

The card share earlier this week was a gorgeous "faux postage" card. I didn't know at first that the effect was created by a stamp, but I figured there was a need for a mask. I made one out of index cards and then went crazy stamping and inking over the mask. I added perforation dots with my pen and used a ruler to help me draw in a bar code in a spot that needed something. I even found a use for those decorative scissors that just sit in a box unloved when I trimmed the edge with the stamp scissors. I will definitely try this again. I might even attempt to make a decent pattern with a transparency. I've got boxes of them at school and we don't use them anymore, so it's worth a try.

The second card is my first go at heat embossing with a proper tool. I've been embossing over my electric coil stove for years, in spite of my mother's chiding. With a coupon, I got the MS heat embosser at Michael's so now I can sit at my desk and emboss. Yay!!! I started with this cool Madonna and child stamp. I always thought it needed to be embossed because I don't have a clue how you could color it. I matched it with some foiled paper from a DCWV stack. I think this is the beginning of my personal Christmas card for this year.

Cards shipped to OWH (as of 8/2/11): 964

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