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Sunday, February 24, 2008

One Stamped Page, 8 Cards!

I put the following 8 cards together over the weekend - my Mom's birthday is coming up and her request was for a set of cards. I'm hoping she likes the theme I picked... I tried to use minimal embellishments to make them very mail-friendly. Hope you like them Mom - I know you're peeking (I would!) ;o) The ferns shimmer nicely in real life.

I used that technique where you stamp an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock and then cut it into specific sections to use on 8 - 10 cards. You can find the pattern here at the Trish Bee Design Studio if you click on "10 Minute Collage" and then click on "template".

To make my background paper I used a Hero Arts set of ferns. I painted the rubber with H2Os in two shades of green and stamped them around randomly. When this had dried, I used Distress reinkers in Antique Linen and Old Paper and the Reinker Splash technique from the current TechniqueJunkies newsletter to add an aged look to it.

After I finished the background piece I looked for three different green cardstocks that would blend with the colors in the bkgd - they pull the group together and match pretty well irl.

All the cards below measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Click on any photo for a close-up

Inks used are Stampin' Up!'s True Thyme, Brilliance Galaxy Gold, the two Distress mentioned above and Shabby Shutters, black Versafine, Staz-On Timber Brown, and Palette Burnt Umber.

This one has gold brads and cording, and an ink-swiped embossed panel. I used the Cuttlebug Script folder and True Thyme. The phrase stamp is by Hero Arts in True Thyme, edged by sponging Antique Linen.

Cording is gold. Faith tag is from a large 6-tag My Sentiments Exactly! stamp. It was stamped in Old Paper and then edged and the word highlighted with SU!'s Chocolate Chip. I used two circle punches to make a matching reinforcement. The fern panel and background panel are edged with a Prismacolor gold marker. The script (Penny Black) is stamped in Antique Linen and Chocolate Chip.

I stamped a few extra ferns on white cs using the H2Os - this one I edged by stippling with Antique Linen, and the black pad. The sentiment is by Anna Griffin, stamped in black, and the patterned panel is edged with a sponge and the black ink. The embossed cs is the CB Tiny Mosaic folder.

The marbled bkgd stamp on this one is by Judi-kins. The quote stamp is by Postmodern Design. The background was edged with a Tim Holtz distressing tool. The three panels are edged with the gold marker.

This card actually has dark brown cs even tho it looks black here. I stamped over the bkgd cs in gold using a Judi-kins crackle stamp and edged it with brown ink. I used another spare fern panel, stippled and edged it with Timber Brown and stamped it with the sentiment (Anna Griffin). I cut slots with a large ribbon punch and threaded sheer green ribbon thru it, then layered it to a brown panel, and a green deckle-edged panel.

I used various inks (including VersaMagic Cloud White) to stamp the ferns on two other colors of cs and cut all into 1 1/2" squares, except for the center panel that I stamped the sentiment (Rubber Riot) on in brown ink and edged with the gold marker.

I used Shabby Shutters to stamp the large fern, then stamped the thank-you block (Savvy) over it in the Versafine and edged it in True Thyme, which I also used to stamp the two small ferns in the corner.

The cardfront and layer on this is antique metallic gold. I used the Stylized Flowers CB folder on this one. The sentiment is Anna Griffin, stamped in True Thyme on a panel that had a fern lightly stamped on it previously. Both white panels were sponged with Antique Linen.


Manna said...

Wow, what great cards! I love the colour scheme. Thanks for the link to Trish's.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty cards, Nancy. She'll love them! Happy Birthday, mom! :O)))


leenda said...

Very creative & versatile! Great job!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Oh my, you are so gifted! Luv them all and so will everyone!

Digital said...

They keep getting better and better as I scroll down. I was going to tell you my favorites, but then I got so absorbed looking and reading. I expecially like naturals and greenery and greens. You're way ahead of schedule this year. Thank you ahead of time, Nancy. I'll thank you again after I pore over them again in person. Love, Mom

The Cute & Adorable, Yet Ever So Humble, mE said...

Oh these are ABSOLUTELY STunning!!!!!

Beautiful cards! You've done an amazing job with the random stamped paper!

Inky Smiles!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards, Nancy. Love the colors and each individual card designs. I am going to have to keep these in mind for inspiration.


Bibbi said...

What a great way to make cards!
Love the colores and how they turned out.....


Trudy said...

What a fabulous gift for your mom! I've used Trish's template and, in fact, drew the pattern with a Sharpie on a translucent plastic folder. As I was stamping, I could insert the sheet to see how the "pieces" were looking and where I needed to add something. It works great!

Shar said...

I love this set. Each design is so distinct and yet the masterboard pulls them all together.

Shirley said...

Okay, now I have to ask you if you would put a widget so I can subscribe to your blog. I missed these cards completely and I can't stand it. LOL