The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spoils of the winner

So, when my FREE stamp set arrived form GinaK Designs, I was so geeked to get started stamping!  These shells are from the Gifts from the Sea set by Melanie Muenchinger.  She has been a real doll to me; so welcoming and helpful. 

Anyway, to create these two beauties, I stamped and colored the shells with colored pencils.  I wanted to keep them very soft looking, so I stayed away from the markers route.  I cut them out with my cutterbee scissors, and curled the edges ever so slightly to give them a rounded, more natural shape. 

Now, I know there is so amazingly sturdy and fancy cardstock out there.  I will work up to that, I swear, but meanwhile I am loaded up to my teeth with what I have.  So, my base cardstock is that stuff you find at every craft store, from The Paper Company.  You know, the value packs.  I also have some "stacks" and other things, but the majority is the value pack stuff.  Looks good, but I would like to quickly work through some of it and get a higher base weight paper. 

AnYWaY---
The flourish that makes up the cloud is a sizzix die cut.  I found it and the swirls embossing folder at GOODWILL!  I actually made a huge haul that day...made me decide I really NEEDED a cuttlebug!

One of these cards made its way to my friend Yasmin for her birthday.  I do have plans for the other as well, but she'll probably read this blog, and the surprise will be all ruined ....

If I go this route again, I will see what happens if I ink up my swirls folder with some white ink, and I may also see how some real shells work with the paper ones. There is definitely plenty of room for adding depth.  These were fun, though, for an early attempt. 

I really had fun coloring the shells.  Little boy time, I guess...

I have plenty more to share with you.  I'll tell you all about this card next!
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon!

Richard

9 comments:

  1. Oh very sweet cards!
    The clear acrylic on all my cards...it is Clear Scraps acrylic. I work for them.

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  2. You make gorgeous cards--glad you are blogging them! What font are you using here on your blog? I love it!

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  3. Thanks, Kirstin! I am having a great time!!
    I am using Walter Turncoat as my text, and the titles are permanent marker. I just did the design today! Glad you like!!!

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  4. ok, so when you are ready to move up to heavier weight cardstock-
    http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/category.sc?categoryId=137
    She has Kraft ;)
    love your card- and LOVE that you enjoy this hobby!! it's refreshing to see!! :)

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  5. I love your blog ..Made me smile to hear someone else has overload of the 'value papers' to use up :D
    Your cards are super! love the design, and the colors you've used.

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  6. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that!

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  7. Hahaha! Have you never tried GKD pure luxury card stock? I know, I know, you're loaded with the value packs. Don't get me wrong, the value packs have their place but GKD PLCS has no equal! ;) Send me your address and I'll send you a few sheets if you'd like! :)
    Fab cards by the way!

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  8. JaniceAileen--thanks!! I would love to see what I'm missing! Holler at me at richrichmond@hotmail.com and I'll give you my address.
    You are so sweet to be so generous!!!

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  9. Wow, great cards. I love the clouds. You are so creative. And the birthday card is awesome. I have only been to a few of your posts so far and I love your style. Thanks for sharing.

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