When I received the Webster's Pages Petite Pads I just knew I had to use the holiday version for this month's packet. They are absolutely exquisite and so fitting for the classic, elegant cards I love to create. As we continue to carry additional rubber stamp manufacturers I feel it is my responsibility to showcase how you can use each different style of stamps with this packet. Value is incredibly important to me and I want to be certain that I show you how to use as many of your tools and products together as possible.
In this month's packet you will find most of the basic supplies necessary to create the cards above. We are trying to give you the most for your dollars. Included in this months packet is a 6"x6" mini pad, together with the coordinating trims (which are absolutely gorgeous!!!), five different colors of Memory Box notecards and envelopes (2 of each) and of course you will also be receiving our little thank you, which this month is the antique gold ribbon yardage you see me using on the Brambleberry Wreath and Trumpeting Angel cards.
Due to the fact that this month I have created four cards this is quite the lengthy post, so stick with me if you are interested in knowing the finer details of creating these cards or seeing large sample sizes. Remember you can double click the images to see them larger.
One of the more complex combinations this month is the Lockhart, Holiday in the Window stamp together with this beautifully patterned paper. When coordinating a highly detailed stamp with decorative paper the best tip I can give is to color your image to coordinate with that paper.
I would like to suggest that you not be afraid to stamp these detailed images on to patterned paper and use the elements within the paper to your advantage. For example, I looked through the pad of papers and came across this beautiful neutral that had this darling pair of birds and immediately thought that they would look splendid perched on top of the wintery boughs in the stamp image.
In situations like this I ALWAYS use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to be certain to align the image correctly.
I begin by laying down my first layer of color using Copic markers. As typical I forgot to take a second picture as I colored my image - I apologize for this. I just get so wrapped up in coloring that I finish before I realize that I haven't snapped sufficient pictures. I will come back and add the names of the colors I used late today, but I am working from home tonight as I write this post and I have all the markers and pencils sitting in a cup at work :(
The next layers of color were added using Prismacolor pencils. As always I love the texture and depth that using these two tools together provides. I cut out the image and popped it up on my card front with dimensionals. Using a Sakura Clear Glaze pen I added just a little gloss to the berries and a Spica Glitter pen to add some sparkle to the boughs.
Initially I was thinking about using the image in this setting and creating a home decor element, but fortunately I realized that duh - I'm trying to create something for you to use with our special packet which includes notecards - LOL! I add this only to let you know that you can do so much more with these packets than only create cards :)
One of my absolute favorite images from the Memory Box release was this Brambleberry Wreath. It can be decked out so many different ways. In this case I decided to go with a very simple elegant look and add little "ornaments" and a little "snow" to the wreath.
The punched detail on the right robin's egg and gold paper was added with the Parisian punch
I began by repeatedly stamping one of the three messages from the Hero Arts trio we have on sale right now, in Antique Linen. Then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to once again determine my wreath location (I wanted the "Joy to You" sentiment to be centered in the wreath) I stamped it using Rich Cocoa.
MB Pearls, Icicle Stickles, ribbon and lace added the final touches.
Beautiful frames are all the rage right now. Melissa Frances makes some of the more exquisite ones, but I don't have any so as all good paper crafters I had to figure a way to make my own :)
Using two sequential Labels Five dies I placed them on a piece of our Magnetic Masking sheets. These are ultra thin and do not affect the sandwich I use in my Big Shot. I use them to hold my dies in place so that they do not slip and misalign as I cover them.
I position my Craft-a-board and send it through to cut. One time through and I have several fabulous pieces for my projects ahead! The dimension that the Craft-a-board adds so much to your projects. If you have not tried it yet with your low-profile dies I HIGHLY recommend that you give it a try. You will be instantly in love with the possibilities!
Next using my ink blending tool and my cranberry ink I was able to easily change the color of the Craft-a-board material. My frame is now ready to be "glitterfied!"
I started with stickles and realized that just was not enough glitter for my liking - LOL! So I added Twinklets Diamond Dust on to the still wet, sticky surface and a little Smoky Quartz. Yes, I was a very happy crafter. Glitter a plenty!!! I allowed this to dry and then backed it with yet another one of the Hero Arts Trio messages which was stamped on Robin's Egg, distressed with a little Antique Linen and cut out using the same larger size of die I used above for my frame.
I punched a snowflake from coordinating paper and topped it with one of the fabulous Say it with Pearl studs. Simple, elegant and glittery - just the way I like it!
Last, but most certainly not least, is this gorgeous Trumpeting Angel. This is not the stamp selected by CHF for this month, but it was just too perfect to go with what I wanted to create this month. So... I have selected yet another stamp to be in our special section this month.
Stamping the angel using Champagne Versamark and one of my all-time favorite embossing powders (which should be in the store later today!) Tarnished Gold my simple layer of elegant paper received it's focal point. The Craft-a-board label that was left over from the project above became the perfect sentiment tag for my greeting. Punching a simple decorative edge and adding a bit of ribbon and this project was complete.
My hope is that these examples will give you a head start on your creating this month. It is that time when everything seems to get more hectic and for me sometimes that means the creative juices get a little hampered. Mix it up like I did or simply make a collection of your favorite example.
paper: Webster's Pages Petite Papers Home for the Holidays and Winter's Wings PaperPad, Memory Box Notecards - Vanilla Bean, Robin's Egg, Eggshell, Crimson
markers and colored pencils: COPIC - R11, R81, R89, YG63, E55, YR21; Prismacolor Pencils - Sand, Bronze, Henna, Mahogany Red, Black Cherry, Tuscan Red, French Gray 10%, Sepia, Chartreuse, Limepeel, Dark Green
accessories: Webster's Pages Home for the Holidays and Winter's Wings Trim Collection, Nestability Dies - Labels Five and Circles, Tarnished Gold Embossing Powder, Pastel Say it in Pearls, Sakura Clear Glaze pen, Spica Glitter Pen - Garnet and Melon, Martha Stewart Cornice Edger Punch, Parisian Edger Punch, MB Pearls - 24 Karat and Frost Blue, Icicle Stickles, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Martha Stewart Essential Glitter Set, Essentials by Ellen: Craft-a-board and Art Magnetic Masking Material, Stamp-a-ma-jig