Friday, November 23, 2012

Handmade Holiday Cards Part 3

The holidays in December give me the opportunity to get creative. For this card I used Christmas tree stamp from Stampabilities #OR1059 and Hero Arts stamp H5267 Santa. I also used the Art Deco Cricut Cartridge to design an old car from card stock. I colored using Tombow Water Color Markers and metallic Gelly Roll pens. I gave the card depth by using foam dimensional on the back of the car and Santa.
Using 2 colors (I used a green and a light blue) of card stock cut and paste a landscape background to a 5” x 6.5” card base.
Stamp tree on watercolor paper using jet black, Stazon Solvent Ink.
Use Tombow Watercolor Markers to color green areas, followed by red on the ribbons and bows. I use a waterbrush to drag color on the ribbons.
Color ornaments in assorted colors.
Use Metalic Gelly Roll pens for the star and some embellishments of ornaments.
Cut out tree leaving a white edge around the tree and gifts.
Glue tree to background on the upper left.
Using holiday colors of card stock and Art Deco Cricut Cartridge page 31 cut car 2 at 3”. Glue car layers together and place foam dimensionals on the back and adhere to card.

Stamp Santa on watercolor paper using jet black, Stazon Solvent Ink and color.
Print and color Santa on watercolor paper.
Cut out Santa leaving a white edge.
Add red glitter to hat and stockings.
Place foam dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card.

Friday, November 16, 2012

“Operation Write Home”

Designing new cards and learning various techniques is my latest challenge. But along with each of these new techniques, comes dozens of homemade cards! So what do you do with all these small pieces of art?

 You can give some with gifts to relatives and friends, but then there are way too many that could surely be put to good use. Recently while surfing the Internet, I found Operation Write Home or OWH for short. Basically, American crafters throughout the country hand-make cards, then send them to a shipper who packages them and sends them to our nation's armed forces overseas, who use them to write home to their relatives and friends.  The handmade cards are blank inside. The cards can be use for birthdays, holidays or general greetings, and all can be put into service in order to help our people far from home communicate with their loved ones.  

What a great idea! For information on this worthwhile cause, go to:

Bundle your cards off to our service men and women and help them to communicate with their family and friends. Check information on the website for Operation Write Home.

One last tip: If you are designing cards to be used by our service men and women for Christmas, they must be sent to the shipped by Oct. 30 at the latest.

Friday, November 2, 2012

My Work is in a Magazine!

I got the mail the other day and found that my Steampunk (paper by Graphic 45) Cigar boxes are in a magazine! The magazine is Just Cards presents Just Steampunk Vol. 2. I have a small picture of a box on page 55 and all page 56. Check me out!
These will be included in my inventor, when I participate in a special juried show next Saturday. The show is called "Fashionable Transitions," and is a yearly undertaking by the University Women of Flagler, who award scholarships to qualified female high school seniors residing in Flagler County, Florida. This organization also supports Take Stock in Children, an additional scholarship for at risk children, in grades six through nine.

The afternoon consists of boutique tables like mine for shopping, lunch and a fashion show by Chico's.

You can go to for more details.

I'm looking forward to showing off all my art work, next week.