The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mr Cardmaker is on the CASE Again

I really love it when somebody uses something in a new, unexpected way.

At the Hero Arts blog, Shari Carroll uses a seemingly Christmas stamp as a Thanksgiving stamp, and I LOVED it.  Especially because I own a stamp VERY similar to the one she used, and could make it work for MY Thanksgiving cards.

You can see that blog post and Shari's video HERE.

I made these--

So, this stamp is so similar to the one Shari used; the big difference to me is the deer silhouettes in my stamp. Hers has just the trees.

Let's get a closer look, shall we?

So, this image is inked up with three or four Distress Ink colors, applied really randomly.  I misted the stamp with about five sprays from my water bottle, and stamped.  It left a really wonderful watercolor look.
I let it dry, added the sentiment, inked the edges a bit, and there it is.

I did three, and they each were slightly different, as you might imagine they would be.

This has more of a gradient look with the colors.  I probably sprayed less water that time, too.

This one looks like the one before, for the most part.  Just a bit darker on the edges.

Oh yeah, the little wood veneer piece?  That's actually the BACK of one from a package.  I darkened it with some Distress Ink, then stamped it with a French text stamp.
Oh, and the tiny flag? Punched from my scratch paper that I was inking on.  It looked so nice, I didn't want to throw it away!

One last look at the collection--

So, thanks to Shari Carroll and Hero Arts for the inspiration!

And, finally, a peek at what's on my work table--

Cuties afoot!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
All Best-


  1. OH these are stunning Richard! I have this same stamp, but haven't used it this way. Makes me want to get my watercolor paper and distress inks out! I love the effect you have created! Can't wait to see what you do with the little penguins!

  2. You are really more inspiring than you can possibly know. Just seeing you experiment with all these different mediums is just wonderful. I have to say Shari's card is gorgeous but what level you brought it to with the deer....completely Autumn and spectacular. The DI for your stamps truly brings the beauty of the crisp fall colors to life. So creative and stunning Richard!

  3. WOW! These cards are great!! I love the effect you have created and I can't wait to see what you do with the little penquins. :)

  4. Mini masterpieces. Great for placetags at Thanksgiving.

  5. These mini masterpieces might be nice as place tags at Thanksgiving. Place tags ... Excellent way of keeping select pairings together and esp. apart.

  6. Your cards are stunning Richard. The colors blend so beautifully - it looks wonderful. I could get lost in these.

  7. Beautiful cards!!! Such a great way of getting more use from this beautiful image!!! TFS! :) Jill


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