Sunday, 26 September 2010

sweet cards

I made these cards after being inspired by ideas at the big stamp and scrapbooking show I went to at Alexandra Palace. I took £20 cash and was under the illusion that including the £6 entry fee that was all i was going to spend. I was wrong! It didn't help that every stand took card payments! But my excuse is there is nowhere in London to buy good scrapbooking supplies so I had to make the most if it!

I bought a pack of 50 blank cards and envelopes at the show because I've always enjoyed making cards as well as scrapbooking and today I thought they would be a good way to experiment with the techniques I learned.

I made all the background paper for the cards - its a method where you choose 3 inks starting from light to dark. you screw the paper up then rub the first ink over it, then you brush with water and iron dry. Then you screw up the paper again and rub your second ink over it etc....i really like the effect it gives and its a quick way of making your own paper any colour you want!

I loved this christmas fabric i got at the show so thought it would make a good card using one of the gingerbread man and i love the heart bobby pin! (got this at the show too :)And I made the brown background using the technique above.

At the show they were all using distress inks but I asked if they had to be used and was told no, so I used my normal ink pads I had at home and they worked great.
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