Monday, March 14, 2011

Perfect Paper Pinwheels

March SOTM Art #6

Art by Tina Dupin

What a cool card fold! And not hard to do. Simply cut a 4 x 12 piece of cardstock. Score it at 4" and 8", making 3 equal squares. Now place the top square in your trimmer at an angle to cut it in half, leaving a triangle. Do the same on the bottom square, making sure to cut the angles in the same direction! Now you can fold those both into create the front of you card. Layer your papers, mount your focal point, and there you go! A cool card of your very own. :-)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March SOTM Art #5

Art by Shannon Law
Little things outside the box - literally! Stamping this "for you" sign outside the box of the original stamped image may be something that would come into your creative brain naturally, but it doesn't to mine! So when I see a card like this, with coordinating images removed from being a part of the focal point, I think, "Wow! That is such a great idea!"

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Photo Solutions!

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March SOTM Art #4

Art by Julie Reynolds
Simple and sweet! Those who know me well . . . know that I love the look of colored-in image, but I do not particularly enjoy doing it! So often I will go back to this simple technique of simply stamping the image in a color that coordinates with the papers featured. Adding some sanding to the cardstock before stamping gives it a little added texture.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March SOTM Art #3

Art by Cathy Stai

See the ruffled image at the lower right of this card? Can you solve the mystery of where it comes from? Email me if you can, and you'll be entered into a drawing at the end of March for a special prize! The "Friend" image is borrowed from a past favorite - the January Stamp of the Month.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March SOTM Art #2

Art by Debi Gardner

Do you like a little detail but don't enjoy coloring in an entire image? Try this technique of stamping the image once, then stamping it a second time, coloring in just a portion, which you then cut out with a circle punch. Now mount this on a coordinating mat (next size punched circle) then layer on top of original image. What an artistic look!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March SOTM Art #1

Art by Darlys Recker

This is a card LOADED with techniques!

  • Paper ribbon folding (along right side)

  • Water coloring

  • 3-D mounting

  • Ink distressing (on paper ribbon)

  • Coordinating matting

Add the Waxy Flax and Clear Button for embellishments, and these all combine to make a striking springtime card!