Wow, sorry, it's been ages since I last blogged and although I haven't done much in the way of art/craft lately, hundreds of ideas have been milling around my head.
The last time I made my own Christmas cards was a couple of years back and it was a great photo of our back garden with a snowman. I felt this year that I would like to get into some serious card making so I have been looking on pinterest and checking out all the wonderful cards on the internet to get inspiration and the cards I like the most are the stamped, vintage looking cards.
So last week I went to a big stamp and card making show and was just shocked at the price of everything. You know, I do love Tim Holtz's distress ink pads but then it's the sprays and the pens and goodness knows what else and I think is it all necessary!!? Then there's the nesties and the stamps and the accessories. Just for a couple of cards, you have to buy a whole shop!
So I decided that I am going to create my own 'digital stamps' and my own background papers. So as a test I got one of my flower pictures and proceeded to make a birthday card. I love it! I wondered whether it would take any of the 'arty-craftiness' out of card making but it required just as much skill to get the mix right, choose the colours and make up the card. Christmas cards here I come!
This is my original picture:
This is the card I created. I printed onto some pearlised paper that you can use in your inkjet printing and it gives it a lovely sheen:
Think I might try some black outlines next and colour them in and see how that goes.