card art '12

card-art-12Here we go again - a few stats about this year's design:

  • there were four dry runs before this one (including last year's)
  • this was supposed to be Card Art '11 but I couldn't get it right
  • I almost bailed on this design all together
  • it took 2 trips to Paper Source to consult the experts
  • I bought large green scrapbook paper and cut into fourths
  • the red 'berries' are created using stickles glitter glue
  • this is the third time in 10 years I've used an ink/stamp technique
  • it's the second time in 3 years using rubber cement
  • rubber cement is my favorite adhesive

This was supposed to be the design for our holiday cards last year but I couldn't get the tree design in my head to translate to paper. After meeting Michelle Kohanzo, Managing Director of The Land of Nod, at Alt Summit NYC this summer I learned of their blog - Honest to Nod. (check it out - it's full of great ideas from The Land of Nod themselves as well as creative bloggers that contribute - like my friend Julee of Warm Hot Chocolate.) There was one post in particular that showed how to make your own stamps and that's when the lightbulb went off for this year's card.first-try

But... I still couldn't pull it together. I love the yarn stamp pattern and I was sure I could make it work for a suggestion of trees but it was beyond frustrating. The yarn really soaks up a ton of ink and never left a dark enough print. In the end, I decided to use my oversized tree stamp but even that took a couple versions. The green ink on white paper still didn't have the impact I was hoping for and I really didn't like that stamp was smaller than my card stock.second-try

It's not the look of thin twigs/branches I was hoping for but I like the white birch on the green card stock. I'm not a fan of using glitter but the red stickles glue is super easy and completely mess free. Over all I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I think if I had sorted this out a little earlier, I would've been able to order a custom stamp. Once again, I made gift tags to match and I love the way they turned out.card art 12 gift-card

I've already got ideas for Card Art '13 - stay tuned...