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Friday, January 18, 2008

More Travel Souvenirs

All the stamps used on this card are from the same sheet used in yesterdays post, by
I Brake for Stamps on the Time to Stamp site (Travel ATC sheet).
I made the card and then saw this corner laying around and added it later, so you can see both versions below.

(Click for more detail)

Card measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

This card layout was inspired by a Sketch Challenge (#92) from an awesome online group I'm in - StampersCorner. The sketch called for one layered oval but I needed to make two, which is okay! LOL I always assume sketches are a great jumping-off point to help the imagination create something wonderful. The color scheme I was inspired to do by the awesome Knight art on Gerrie's blog currently.

I started my card by grabbing a background I had made earlier using one of the TechniqueJunkie techniques from the current newsletter - it's called Technicolor Dye Inks, and provides a soft washed-out feel which always looks so good with vintage images. I just used a regular circle punch to punch the corners for interest.

It's hard to see but there is some yellow in the center of the background and since I didn't want to use all pink tones, I stamped the portraits on pale yellow cs using a VersaMagic Malted Mauve dew drop inkpad. (These portraits are actually one stamp, with them side by side and surrounded by a borderline.) I stippled the same ink around the edges but it looked too blah, so I stippled Palette Burnt Umber in the same way and edged the ovals straight from the pad. I mounted these to ovals of textured dark wine cs.

The ovals are McGill Creativity punches and were my big splurge last fall as I paid full retail. That was before Nestabilities had entered my landscape - now they're on the wishlist. LOL Sizes are Stacking Oval 1 5/8" x 2 1/8" #95931 and Stacking Oval 1 15/16" x 2 7/16" #95930.

I ran the lighter strip thru the Cuttlebug with the Script folder and highlighted the letters with the chalk inkpad. The corner doodad is also a CB product, from the set of four dies called vintage (all of which my Dad generously bought for my Christmas present :o)

Save all those decorative Kleenex boxes, etc. for these - they are semi-glossy and sturdy enough not to tear when you have to pull them off your Xyron sheet! Below are a beautifully marbled set to show how cool they look.

I stamped various images on the bkgd in Burnt Umber and then adhered everything as shown.

Thanks for looking!


Trudy said...

What a richly colored, Old World feel to this card, Nancy! The corner is the "pièce de résistance!" I'll take you up on your kleenex box tip--thanks for another great idea!

NancyY said...

WOW - what a terrific idea, kleenex boxes! Thank you!

The cards are wonderful too ;-)

leenda said...

Exceptional card w/exceptional tips!