Heating Up with Southern Girls on a Christmas themed Dutch Dare!
I made a lot of LOTV cards recently, making 4 sets of 5 cards each; 20 in total, using their pre-coloured images. It taught me something. I put quite a lot of effort into making those cards even though I didn't have to actually colour the images and yet I still made them more quickly than that amount of detail would normally take me. It's because I spend ages trying to work out what to do when I make a card and then more time trying to find and match the bits I want to use (papers, cardstock and decoration) and then hours playing with the design or experimenting with embellishments and all to make just one card. Making multiple cards the same means that I only have to do this once. It also makes much better use of the images and stamps that I buy because at least I know I'm going to use them several times instead of just once and then forget I own them. After spending time to work out what I need and how I want my card to look, I go into production mode - cut 5 of these and 5 of those and then make a little assembly line. I can let one thing dry while I'm working on a different part of another card and with so many Christmas cards to make, working with the LOTV images gave me a Eureka moment which I can now make good use of.
Now these makes for Southern Girls where the theme is "it's heating up" (not round these parts its not!) and Dutch Dare who want simply a "Christmas or Winter themed" project still took me a very long time although the design is very simple. I stamped my Papermania Baubles 5 times with Versamark and heat embossed just the baubles. Then I cut out all the baubles and coloured them with spica pens in red and gold. I restamped the image 5 times with Black Versafine, used a bit of glaze on the top of the baubles where they would show above and then stuck my embossed versions over the top slightly raised with silicone glue. Some red pearlescent card, two overlapping ribbons and a bow and voila...5 more cards.
The sentiment is part of the stamp so no extra work required there. I think they look elegant and - thanks to Mina who taught me how to sharpen my scissors - the cutting of the baubles wasn't all that difficult or arduous even though it was the longest part of the job and there were 35 of them. Five cards was definitely enough!
Sorry about the horrible photo quality!
Hi, I'm Lesley. Welcome to my Blog. I am older than I used to be but feel younger since I stopped working full-time and started making cards for friends and family just a few years ago. I love visiting all of the talented creative blogs out there and gaining inspiration for my own work. I am more than happy for you to gain inspiration from my "stuff" too but the copyright for the content of this blog belongs to me, unless otherwise stated, and I would ask you to please respect my copyright. Although not very visible in my card making; I have a passion for frogs - hence the name of my site.
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