Monday, December 17, 2012

Unusual Elements = Unlimited Potential

One of my favorite things to do is to try to use my stash in unique ways.  Sometimes you have papers, stamps, embellishments, etc. that upon first glance you have no idea how see them in a different light.  Because I have been so focused on Christmas cards lately – what paper crafter hasn’t been these days – sometimes I get tired of using the obvious.  Here are three cards that all use pieces that can do more than what meets the eye.

Oct & Nov Cards (9)

This card started out with the bottom section of paper from a Amy Tangerine pack that has mostly really summery papers inside.  I thought the pink heart would match perfectly with the ink, twine, and top scrap paper I had on hand.  Here’s a close-up of the heart, I added some Glossy Accents that shows better here:

Oct & Nov Cards (10)

Pearl Gateway - December Cards 013

This idea came about with the use of a very geometric background by Paper Smooches.  It is not the typical style for PS, but that’s okay, I’m pretty happy with it!  The geometric squares actually have two more rows on the stamp, which I masked off, then inked with Versamark and stamped on watercolor paper.  With some white embossing, it gives a great little background that fits my 25 days perfectly!  I water colored the background with various shades of green Distress Inks, and the squares are various DIs in red.  I hand wrote the numbers because I didn’t have any stamps quite small enough – but I kind of like the true handmade look!

Pearl Gateway - December Cards 014

I got great response from this one, I wish I would have made more!  I wanted to use the little coffee epoxy stickers, and popped them on some Studio Calico Winter Wonderland punched circles.  Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards snowflakes inked in Hero Arts Cup O Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink makes a perfect warm background.  Some Studio Calico wooden snowflakes finish it off.

Thanks for your visit – hope this inspires you to look at your supplies in a new light! Smile