Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Merry Go Round Swap #3: Flamingo

Here is the third card for the Merry Go Round Swap. I posted a description of the swap on December 29th. After I finished the card, I decided it would probably have been better to make this a square card instead of the standard A2 size.
The flamingo is colored with Prisma colored pencil. The cardstock and the quotation stamp are from Club Scrap. The flower is from Prima. The pattern paper and ribbon are scraps.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Merry Go Round Swap #2: Paris

This is the 2nd card I made for the Merry Go Round Swap I am participating in. See yesterday’s post for a description of this type of swap. I see that the very right edge of the card was cut off in my scan. The red mat really does go all the way around.

I colored the lady’s dress with pastels (I call them chalk, but I have a friend whose son is an artist and he made it perfectly clear to me that chalks and pastels are two totally different mediums.) I then used a sponge roller (one of those mini paint rollers) to roll on some Tea Dye Distress Ink. All the papers and ribbon are scraps from my stash. I printed the sentiment on the computer, and then distressed it the same way I did the main image.

I’m not listing the supplies used because I don’t know who made the stamp and all the other supplies were scraps.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Go Round Swap #1: Love

I am currently participating in a card swap called a "merry go round." In this swap, each participant stamps 12 copies of the same image and sends them to the hostess. The hostess then sends two copies of each image to the other participants who make one card with each different image (the 2nd copy is in case of mistakes). The completed cards are then sent back to the hostess who returns the cards made with each person's image to the original stamper. Each participant then has their original image made into six different cards by six different people.

This type of swap can be very challenging, but it's one of my favorite types. I like the challenge of working with images that may not be my usual style. It's also fun to see how others interpret the image that I sent. They are also great for getting ideas for images that you may not be sure how to work with.

This is the first card I made for this swap. This is definitely not my usual style. I used a color combination that I don't think I've ever used before. I also colored the image with watercolors, which I rarely use. My preferred coloring method is colored pencil. The only part of the card that is "me" is the ribbon. I love ribbon - as you will probably see as I post more cards. Also I want to note that the layout for this card is based on the current card sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.

Supplies Used
Stamps: Stampin Up!; Technique Tuesday
Cardstock: Club Scrap
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Heart Clip: Making Memories

Sunday, December 28, 2008

My First Stamped Card

I have decided to start a new blog for my paper crafting/rubber stamping hobby. I'll be posting some of my favorite past cards. I also plan to join in on some challenges and I'll be posting those here too.

I started my paper crafting adventure as a scrapbooker, but the stamping and cardmaking took over. I enjoy making cards because they are faster. I also enjoy trying new techniques.
For my first post here, I am posting the first card I ever made that used rubber stamping. I had made cards before that, but mostly what I call "scrapbook style". I made this for a card swap I think it was almost three years ago. It's still one of my favorite cards that I have made.
There aren't any special techniques on this card. It's just basic stamping and distressing. I chose to use the traditional red and green colors, but non-traditional papers to go with the western theme. The image was colored with colored pencil.

Supplies Used
Stamps: Stampabilities
Paper: K & Co.
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments: Decorative brad (Making Memories); Primitive Star die (Sizzix); twine