Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tutorial 1 for internet friend. . .

You can make a variety of cards with only one stamp. Well, maybe two. . . but you could have typed the thank you words also and used it like as if it were stamped on paper. You just have to think creatively. Recently I made these ten cards, each a little different. I used one main stamp -- the smiley face carrot nose snowman features and the thank you one, some just parts of it.

I usually stamp on a separate piece of white card stock and then trim to fit what I am doing. Exceptions are made, of course, as you can see from the two in the end of first and second rows where I stamped directly on the folded card stock. I did them catywampus so it wouldn't matter if they weren't lined up perfectly.

For the majority of them, I used a medium blue background. I used thin strips of black paper or ribbons to fill in space, make bows etc. Buttons can be used in different places also.

On the first ones in rows one and two, I stamped a strip of white card stock and used a glue stick to attach it to the blue card stock. I stamped the two faces near the top and bottom edges first and then fit the third one in the middle of them.

The triple thank you stamp was used in a variety of ways, depending on what else I had on the card already but it was always added last. When I used the whole thank you stamp, I bordered it with black card stock and then white card stock and raised it with a sticky foam square. These foam squares are expensive so I cut them in half and at times I use the surrounding scraps too! Ü

The one big snowman, I used a ribbon I have in my stash and a little cotton ball for its hat. As in several others, I cut only part of the stamped Thank You and used that on the ribbon, above it or on a narrow strip of card stock that looked like ribbon.

Speaking of ribbon, to hide the frayed edges, I glued the ribbon to the card stock piece that would go on top of the actual card. Then if a bow was to be used, I tied that separately and used a couple little glue dots or one big one to attach it to the ribbon already on the card.

The carrot noses were colored with an orange pencil but could have been colored with a marking pen as well.

This one I made for my friend, Myrl, who is now in a convalescent home. It is yet another card made with the same stamp but just a little different things used to spruce it up.


Katney said...

And your cards are a delight to receive every time!

I have a box of foam pieces I bought for a project at school. Now I know what to do with them. You will need to use a gluestick since they are not sticky. They may not be exactly the same as what you are using, but I know you will find a way to use them.

Love Bears All Things said...

Thank you, paulie, they are all so pretty.

SandyCarlson said...

I admire what you've done here. You are creative, dear friend of the snowmen! Lovely work.

RuneE said...

An impressing activity - I can't even draw withhout a ruler.

Malyss said...

How lovely and creative!!I like all of them!

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