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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Applying a simple and clean card for Valentines

It is possible to teach an old dog new tricks...it just takes a smack in the forehead!...my forehead to be exact!  So I have three elderly aunts and I send them a card about once a month to let them know that I am thinking of them and to bring them news from the family.  I know they love to get cards and especially ones that have some hand written notes inside.  I pulled out the PTI Year of Flower Collection and decided to use the rose stamp (to be honest this collection has not seen a lot of love from me).  I stamped it with versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Now I saw that Amber had used this fun technique when stamping on paper with ink, to use a little bit of colored pencils to highlight some area of the image.  GREAT!  I am still learning about shading and such, so this seemed like a great way to add depth to my rose.  I cut a strip of raspberry fizz paper and stamped my image then proceeded to color in a bit with some prisma pencils.  Now I have to be honest, I don't really plan my lay outs ahead of time, so I just grab this and that and lay it out and think...what am I doing?  I just took a "Clean and Simple Card Class"...why don't I just keep this clean and simple?  And you know what, I like it!  I did sew around my strip of paper, I thought it needed that little touch...and then I also thought it needed a little bit of shading around the edge of the card, so I used some sweet blush ink...and now I call it done and good!

2 comments:

  1. Oooooh your story cracks me up Colleen. You wrote that in a very funny manner :-)
    Your card is great! You really got the hang of clean and simple. Great stitching!

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  2. Good job. And great idea to use Amber's technique to highlight with color pencils. She really is an artist isn't she.

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