Saturday, November 3, 2012

Wishing you Happiness and Cheer

It's no secret that I love shaped cards.  They add a little fun to the card and this is always a good thing.  I took some shimmer cardstock I bought at M's on sale and made two Mat Stack cut outs.  I scored the back one to create a seamless card that opens and has no flat top.
Next I die cut a smaller Mat Stack out of the PTI holiday patterned paper.  I am determined to use more of my hoard of patterned paper - who's with me? :)  I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate and added some Pear coloured leaves and Merlot berries.  Some red Stickles and foam dots to pop up the front panel and that's it!

For my next cards, I used one of the Happy Trails dies to cut out a dove in shimmery cardstock.  I tried to do two facing each other but the back of the die cut doesn't look nearly as good so I scrapped that idea.
I added one of the Fabulous Frames in Vintage Cream ink and a Think Big Sentiment in Jenni Bowlin Fountain Pen - a nice inky black ink.
The shimmery dove is popped up on foam dots, my usual staple! :)  This one is easily mailable which is important since I have A LOT of holiday cards to mail abroad. :)
Here is another hybrid of the one above - I didn't want to use white or cream ink so tried with Slate which wasn't quite dark enough to be picked up on camera.  I bought Colorbox metallic inks in silver and gold but they aren't juicy enough to stamp well.  Amazingly enough with a little persistence, Michaels took them back and put money on a refund card for me - I explained that if I exchanged them it would just be the same problem and it seemed to be about $10 a reinker with shipping to Canada ... so I will continue to search for the perfect juicy metallic ink pads.  I do have some Brilliance inks so will try those out again.  I did do some stamping with Martha Stewatr silver paint and that turned out quite well.  And I made a card a while ago with gold that showed up quite well:
Paper: M's shimmer cardstock, PTI holiday patterned paper
Stamps: PTI Holiday Lights (sentiment), Holly and Mistletoe
Ink: Fresh! Pear, Chocolate, Merlot
Misc: PTI Mat Stack dies; foam dots, Stickles
Paper: SU Basic Gray, M's shimmer cardstock
Stamps: PTI Think Big, Fabulous Frames
Ink: PTI Vintage Cream, Jenni Bowlin Fountain Pen
Misc: PTI Happy Trails die,  foam dots


carol (krillsister) said...

Lovely set of cards. I especially love that shaped card. So simple but elegant. I too am trying to use more pattern paper this holiday season (without buying new)

Tracy said...

I really love that shaped card. And I need to work some more with the fabulous frames like you've done here. You're way out ahead on this challenge!

nancy said...

Have to agree with the other ladies, the shaped card is my favorite. Everything that you did with/on it works beautifully together.