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Monday, 13 January 2014

Quick Birthday cards

So, I finished last weeks Documented life pages, in the post below.  Giving this weeks a miss- use something from your mailbox. As mine will be mainly junk mail- isn't it always?- I can't say the idea inspires me. And I'm not getting hung up on doing each week, just the ones that grab me. So I had some stamping time yesterday, and the stamps that came out I was reminded of in a roundabout way. I saw a post on Facebook, where someone was commenting about a bunch of the new release stamp sets from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Classics, and how they did not credit the original artists- SA seem to claim they don't know who the original artists were.Tim does make it clear he is not the original designer,just that he has chosen his favourite 'classic' images from SA's back catalogue. Having looked at the images, I realised I had a few of the originals, which were red rubber on wood mount. The artist who puts her name to these is Michelle Ward, by the way.

 The first image is called Artful Mosaic, and I love it because you can stamp it then colour it, stamp it onto an inked background, or as I have, stamp & heat emboss and it always looks great.
 Guess you can see why its called a classic!
 Anyway, stamped in black onto White pearl card, then heat embossed with clear powder.

 Trimmed the image down, then matted onto black.I cut and folded a card blank from White pearl card, to roughly 8 x 4 1/4".

Decided I would 'frame ' the image with an embossed line on the front. To do this I opened out the card, and on the inside I drew lightly in pencil around the corners of the image. Then I drew a box all around where the image would be, about a 1/4" out from the original size.

 Lined this up on my Hougie board, and embossed the four sides,being very careful at the corners.
I didn't put it exactly central, as I wanted room at the bottom for the sentiment.

 DST on the back of the image, and mounted it into the 'frame'.

 The Birthday sentiment is a clear stamp from one of Debbie Moores stamp sets.
Stamped in black onto a scrap of the white pearl card.

The second card I made was pretty much identical, except this time used a stamp called Moon Collage.
I also used a black base card this time. All the techniques were the same though.

Stamps: Moon Collage,Artful Mosaic, now released as SA Classics. Moon Collage is on the newest sheets released this year at CHA.
Black inkpad
Clear embossing powder.
White pearl card.
Black card
Embossing board & stylus
Sentiment- Debbie Moore Twilight Stamp 1
Heat Gun


Fandhmum said...

Both so elegant and beautiful
Rosie x

Julia Dunnit said...

Ggs gorgeous stuff Shaz. Delighted that you're strong enough to
Pick and choose the weeks that inspire you..I must say my mailbox is rarely that! Interesting that Than has been public about the new SA stamps...a couple of years ago he got into some terrible trouble over allowing the public to assume he was a designer...some bird images, I think.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Great images. I like the simplicity, very striking.

Winnie said...

Such lovely cards! I love the white card with the black/white focal. Great stamps you used on both. I love SA stamps, but don't have the older ones. I do feel bad that they don't know who designed the images, kind of sad for the designer. Love that Michelle Ward has claimed hers. I am loving a lot of the new releases and will pick some of the older ones up.

fairy thoughts said...

Great cards Shaz. Lice the mosaic stamp looks like one I should have in my collection. I am trying to do this weeks challenge as I had some very happy mail last week. The problem with the DLP is that there is sooo much of it I'm in danger of it taking over everything else FB is just too much .... Prefer to blog

gardenpinks said...

Fabulous cards Shaz, love the coolly elegant clean and simple style and the embossing frames the images well.

michelle ward said...

What a nice blog you have here Shaz! Just came across your post using the SA stamps - lovely cards! Thanks for the shout out :)