The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mr Cardmaker CASEs Himself

A couple of years ago, in my "early days" of cardmaking, I saw a video about using the masking technique, and decided to try it out with my shiny new stamps and $1 Studio G ink pads. 
I made this--

This was made with Inkadinkadoo Flowers and Stampendous Happy Everything sets, and I am sure this is on discount card stock, with DCWV paper as the mat.  I thought this was kind of cute, especially for a beginner.

Now, as a semi-beginner, I decided that I really liked the way it all turned out, so I went back to it and tried to see what else I could come up with.

So, I made this--

So, immediately I notice that my new, homemade lightbox is working pretty well!  Boo-yah!

I like this well enough, and I think there is at least SOME progress being made. 

I still have DCWV paper on there, but I have graduated to much better SU and PTI card stock. 

Surprisingly, my StudioG stamp pads still have some ink, and I LOVE the colors and coverage.
The bottom of the card is punched with an EK Success punch, and if you look closely, you can see the white dots on the inside of the card.  I could NOT get a good shot of the thing closed.

The pearls are from Kaisercraft, and the ribbon is the LAST of my roll from AC Moore.  No ACM in MI, and I am sad that I can't find any more of this stuff.  Wah.

So, what do you think?  Any progress happening here (other than my photography skills), or was I better as a newbie?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!
All Best-


  1. Both cards are very nice! So fun to look back sometimes! :)

  2. Lol! You are improving - but both are nice! I do think the quality of the paper makes a big difference! I need to get to work on a home-made light box of my own, your second photo is stunning!

  3. Clearly the photography has improved, but I think the first one was you being so excited to take a picture of it, it all happened in a blur. The second card...zoweeeeee...that is gorgeous!! Improvement and flair improved immensly. Nice work Richard. :)

  4. Isn't it fun to like something you made so much that you want to case yourself? Great cards, both of them! We all improve - it's fun to go back and look at what I made 4 years ago...ewww! So...I made a light box too, but can't seem to get it to take good photos. Could you email me a photo of yours so I can see how you set it up? Mine's just made with PVC pipe and sheets and lights. Great job, my friend!

  5. Both cards are lovely but I like the design of your second card more. I really like your new layout and the details you've added with the large scallops, pearls and bow!


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