I love quilt blocks and have been wanting to make a card with one for awhile. My grandmother was a quilter and tried to teach me. I never was able to do anything decent with fabric, so I thought I'd try paper. This pattern is called Ohio Star. I have never made a quilt block from paper before and I have not made a box like this before. I think if I do either again they'll be better because I know things I would do differently. I probably will try the quilt block again, but the box is doubtful.
Linda's inspiration tag for week 8 is below. The inspirations for my set are the vintage Santa collage, snowflakes, the flower and "quilt". Linda stitched her collage piece with some fill to give it a quilted look so that's where my quilt blocks come in.
I will say there is one piece of the box that I am very happy with - my Santa collage. I don't have a stamp like this and I don't have the right types of individual stamps to create my own stamped collage. So I made my collage in Photoshop. I used the image "Merry Old Santa" by Thomas Nast. This is the first illustration of Santa that is similar to our modern version and it's one of my favorite Santa images. It was published in Harper's Weekly in the early 1880's and is now in the public domain. I cleaned up the background around the image, then placed it on top of a text background and added some snowflakes with Photoshop brushes. I used a font called Christmas Card that I downloaded from daFont for the "Believe". The little stamp in the upper right corner is also a Photoshop brush. Now I have my own vintage Santa collage that I can print in different sizes for cards or other projects. This is my first digital collage, but I don't think it will be my last. It was fun.
I also created the sentiment on the card and tag in Photoshop. The sentiment itself is actually a picture font that I also downloaded from daFont. There are several Christmas sentiments in the set. You just press a letter key and the sentiment pops up all nice and pretty like that. I put it inside a frame image that I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy, trimmed around it and layered on a Spellbinders Labels 18 (I think) die cut. So I can also print the sentiment in any size I want.
A larger version of the sentiment also appears on the other side of the box, but since I wasn't all that thrilled with the box anyway, I only photographed the one side. The two ends have other vintage Santa images - just single images, not collages like the front.
I think that's about it. Thanks for stopping by!