Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Christmas


This is ANOTHER stamp from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods plate! Are you getting the picture of how big this plate is? I can't remember if this is the fourth or fifth card I've posted, but I do know I haven't used the same image twice! It's not too late to order and get your cards ready in time for Christmas. I think AO stamps are perfect for beginner and advanced stampers alike. They are perfect for beginners because they have such attention to detail that they don't need a lot of extra embellishments and whatnot to make them look good. Additionally, most of them do not require coloring, so you don't need a lot of expensive tools or expertise. They are perfect for advanced stampers because of their depth and dimension. The images can be used in so many different ways. I frequently cut out part of an image to get what I want for a specific card. I also like to use the edges of AO images on the edges of cards for a little extra texture and interest.

For this card, all I did was stamp Santa in Chestnut Roan, smash the image into my VersaMark pad, and melt two coats of Suze Weinberg's UTEE in clear on top. Then I popped it into the freezer for a few minutes, took it out and bent the cardstock, thus breaking the enamel. This is called the "Cracked Glass" technique for those of you who don't already know!

Supplies & Tools

Stamps: Snowy Woods by Artistic Outpost
Ink: Chestnut Roan Chalk, VersaMark, Basic Brown, Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: Confetti Cream, Close to Cocoa, Basic Gray Blitzen
Other: Martha punch, M's gems, Candy Cane, Crystal & Gold Stickles, ribbon, Crystal Clear EP, SW UTEE

10 comments:

~amy~ said...

AB-solutely Perfect-o Carla!! I LOVE it!

Gwen said...

This is A gorgeous Christmas card! everything just blends together so beautifuly!

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

What a magical stamp and your card is just stunning, I love all the papers you have used and the distressed sentiment, Hugs, Nikki x

Lauren said...

Gorgeous card Carla. Love the vintage feel.

Amy said...

Oh stunning! I love how well you layered the paper... what a wonderful card!

Etha said...

wow great! I am not too fond of the cracked stuff, but yours looks fabulous. Wonderful mix of designer papers too, just love it!

Chrissy D said...

GORGEOUS!!!! WOW CARLA!!! Love this! TFS!

jo said...

OOOh this is gorgeous!!

alohatammi said...

This is a beautiful card with a distressed look. I'm so glad I dioscovered Artistic Outpost last week. I can't wait to start using their stamps for ATCs and cards! Woohoo!

Tammi
http://3littlebirdz.com

Pat (mspfd) said...

I love vintage! You did a super job showcasing this fabulous Santa image. Love it!!