Welcome to my blog. Over the years that I have been stamping and paper crafting, I have so often been inspired by the ideas on other sites and blogs. I hope I can pay that back in some measure with my own. (In between laughs -- or cackles as my son calls it!)

April 1, 2012

Welcome Neighbor!

Ooh, look what I've made with the wonderful new Beatrix Potter designs from Crafter's Companion.  How I loved her story books with their marvelous illustrations as a child. 

A house just sold in my neighborhood (in itself cause for celebration in the still-slow real estate market) and I thought this Timmy Tiptoes image was perfect for a welcoming card. My design team member Trena used a different image from this collection for her welcome card; I love it when the images are versatile like that. This would also be cute to welcome a new baby to a growing family, don't you think?

Today I broke my rut of side-opening cards and went with a top-fold design.  I also used vanilla as the base, instead of white.  I wasn't sure how the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers would perform on the uncoated vanilla card stock, but I think the coloring turned out nicely. After coloring the image with the markers as shown, I mounted it on a black scalloped mat. This was layered on a vanilla background on which I dry embossed a leafy design.

The greeting was stamped in black at the center bottom.  Using a scallop border punch, I reprised the scallops and then did a second row on a black strip, which I adhered behind the vanilla.  I think this took advantage of the open bottom.

My final touch was to punch some leaves and put a spray in the lower right corner of the image, and then add three small flowers that picked up the blue, red and vanilla from the image. Notice how some of the leaves are embossed with dots? I had some card stock scraps left over from another project that was previously embossed.  I thought it would add nice texture.  Never throw those small scraps away, they are great for punching small leaves, flowers, circles and the like. Heck, if the scrap is over an inch, I save it! In fact, Trena once took a photo of frugal me tossing something (small) into a wastebasket to prove that I actually do throw some things away, LOL!

I hope this design inspires you in some small way to head off to your craft table!

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