Monday, January 12, 2009

First card, photo, and post of the New Year!

Guess what I got for Christmas? A light tent with fancy tungsten lamps and a telescoping camera tripod! This is the first anything crafty that I've made this year, so it's also got the honour of being my first photo subject. :) I've got a lot to learn about how best to use my equipment, but I'm quite happy with how the details show up below.

Stamps: Weathered backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms, small fern and flowers by K&Co., Simply Stated floral and swirly designs by Fancy Pants, sentiment by Inkadinkado.
Inks: Chestnut Roan and Alabaster fluid chalk inks by Clearsnap, Colonial Blue Versamagic chalk ink by Tsukineko, Versamark.
Papers: ProvoCraft designer cardstock, vellum 5x7 card base by Halcraft
Tools: Prismacolor pencil crayons, Prismacolor colourless blender, ticket corner punch by EK Success, sunburst border punch by Fiskars

I started off the whole card by deciding to use these vellum cards I picked up from the clearance section in Michaels a few years ago. Well, actually, I decided I wanted to use one of the vellum envelopes the card bases came with first, then when I realised the envies came with matching cards I used one of those. :) I stamped the front of the card base repeatedly using a small swirly fern image in the Alabaster ink, and chose to mat my focal image in a darker blue cardstock so you can see the fern stamps clearly against it when the card is open. And because this card was all about having fun (in contrast to the mad dash of Christmas card season) I used my favourite Simply Stated stamp set (love those beautiful flowers!).

I don't have too much else more to say, except I'm a bit tired and "written out", so to speak. I got back in touch with a whole bunch of old friends thanks to the wonders of Facebook, and we have had a lot to catch up on. :) However, I miss stamping and writing the little bit I do about this fun hobby with no pressure or stress, so I am happy to be here taking a bit of a breather!