Thursday, December 29, 2016


With January approaching ever so fast, I'm resolving in 2017 to be a little more attentive to making and mailing handmade cards to friends and family (I think I said this last year too, so we'll see).

The month of January has several birthdays that I would like to acknowledge so here are two of my cards.
I first dry embossed a piece of cherry cobbler cs and rounded the corners.  Next I die cut a scallop tag and embossed it with a musical note.   Then stamped the musical treble clef onto vellum paper, I heat embossed the clef with black embossing powder to give it some attention and then fussy cut it.  The little heart at the bottom was stamped in red and smeared with clear "Wink of Stella" for some glitter.  The sentiment was added to a strip of cs and gently placed over the center of the clef to hide the foam tape.  A silver thread was added with a glue dot to the hole at the top of the tag.
I really like the way this turned out, what do you think?

The second card today is fairly simple and cased from Betsy Feldman of PTI.    I'm always amazed at the creativity of the designers, how do they think up all the details for the dies and stamps, I'm definitely impressed.

The die comes in two pieces one is a shadow (completely filled in) and the second is a detailed die.  Per instructions I ran the shadow die first in black cs, then ran it through a second time using the detailed die on top of it.  This allows you to offset the detail piece over the shadow piece.  I'm sure this sounds very confusing, but it really is quite simple once you understand the dynamics of how the die works.  It does all the work for you.
In order to get the multi-colored word, I water-colored another shadow die and used that behind the first two dies.
The top of the card was stamped with banners, stars and curly q's.  This is probably going to be sent to a male friend since there's not much embellishment on it.

I love the way the word "celebrate" turned out, so much so, that I made a few more to have on hand.

Here's a close up of the word (I added three layers to raise it up).

And that's all for today, thanks for letting me know what you think of the cards, I appreciate hearing from you.


Diane - said...

Nancy these are both so pretty I just got that die and stamp on your second card... in fact I got two, as you recall my order was big enough that I did two orders

and they sent me two of them I'm thinking that I might do a draw for the end of the year and give away one of them as a prize.. what do you think ?either that or it's got to go to Kim because she is super spender for me
I really love the embossing and that clean and simple lines of the first one so pretty with one bold music cleft
the second one is just cheery and fun
and now you just reminded me that I've been thinking only for John's birthday but I just remembered I have two more I have to make cards for in January
so thanks for that
Hug & happy new year!

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On Dec 30, 2016, at 7:49 AM, Nanc's Niche of Stampin' wrote:

Nance Leedy said...

Great cards, Mom and even beter IRL! I love all the embossing on the first one and the colors on the second. That die set is so cool!