Monday, August 4, 2008

Monogram cards and Tim's August Technique

These are the monogram cards I made as a gift for my friend Holly before she heads off to Albania. They're fairly simple, but classic and elegant, so I thought they'd be perfect for her *smiles* They were made to kind of coordinate with this card posted a few days ago. I gave her the card set and the "Be a Good One" card at her going-away Good Pie party (no one likes good-byes, but everyone likes good pies, right? *wink*)

I partially embossed the cards using the D'Vine Swirls and Swiss Dot embossing folders (that card's not shown), wrapped a section of white twill around the top of the embossing, with the seam on the front of the card, to be covered up by the monogram. Then I punched circles with my second-to-largest Marvy Uchida circle punch (is that a Mega or a Giga?), stamped them with her initials, and punched scalloped circles with the largest Marvy Uchida scalloped circle punch to go behind. The twill and the monogram were both adhered using Glue Dots, since they're about the only thing that holds well to ribbon/fabric.

Next up: Tim Holtz's August Technique Challenge. This was seriously fun, and *fast*. The hardest part was figuring out which alcohol inks, and which stamp I wanted to use. Since Carte Postale was near the top from the "Be a Good One" card mentioned earlier, I used the small swirl as my image. I don't have the Archival Ink pad he listed, so I decided to try in with my Stazon pad, and it worked pretty well. It didn't remove completely from the Fragments, the way his sample did, but it did remove the alcohol inks, and the image ends up being mostly clear:
Clear enough for me, anyway. There's still a faint hint of black (whereas Tim's looks crystal clear), but it's not enough to bother me *smiles* Very fun technique...definitely go look at his post and check out how he uses these.

I'll be back tomorrow! Happy Monday!

Supplies used (Monogram cards):
Paper: Soft Sky, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White cardstock (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Stamps: Ornamental Bodoni alphabet (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Other: white twill (Martha Stewart Crafts); Glue Dots

Supplies used (Fragment):
Base: Fragments (Tim Holtz Ideology)

Ink: Cranberry, Lettuce, and Eggplant alcohol inks (Ranger Adirondack); Jet Black Stazon (Tsukineko)
Stamps: Carte Postale (SU!)
Other: Ink applicator tool (Tim Holtz for Ranger)

1 comment:

Holly said...

I absolutely LOVE the Be a Good One card and the monograms! How fun it is for me to have talented friends. Thanks for coming to the party...I'm still eating apple pie!