Friday, August 24, 2012

Double Take

One of my favorite places to get inspiration for new cards is from old cards.  I was going through some old swaps I have had in a box for, well, we'll just say "a long time".  The stamp set has been long retired and some of the cardstock colors are even gone.  I LOVED the layout though, so it was a prime candidate for an update.  I liked it so much, I made two.

The first card features the Aviary stamp set.  This stamp set comes with 4 bird cages, 4 birds and what is commonly used as the stand to put the cages on.  I didn't want to have my cages hanging in mid-air, but also wanted the decorative part of the stand to show.  I turned it sideways and love how the cages can hang from the base of the stand.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I spritzed the main area with my Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  Inside the card I have a bird cage also.  The torn edge was inked with a direct to paper technique. It is a little heavy for my taste, so next time I think I will use a spounge for lighter coverage.

The second card features the stamp set Reason to Smile.  SU! offered this stamp set as a special during the month of July.  Though this stamp set was only offered for the one month, it is still a great stamp set for this layout.  I encourage you to look through your older, dusty stamp sets and see if you have a retired or "forgotten" (gasp) stamp set that would work great for you.  I colored the image with ink from the lid and a blender pen.  The accessories are part of the new In Color collection for 2012-2014.  3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Raspberry Ripple and the In Color Dahlias (Gumball Green).

The sentiments for the two cards come from current stamp sets, Perfect Punches and Loving Thoughts.

Card 1:  Aviary (WM #116956, CM#120462, Digital #124476), Perfect Punches (WM#117022, CM#120516), Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Glow Smooch (#118770), Scallop Oval Punch (#119856), Melon Mambo Scallop Dots Ribbon (#122985)
Card 2:  Reason to Smile, Loving Thoughts (CM#125843, CM#125845), Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Shimmer Paper (#101910), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126845), In Color Dahlias (#127556), Blender Pen (#102845)

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Aviary (WM#116956, CM#120462, Digital #124476)
Perfect Punches (WM#117022, CM#120516)   
In Color Dahlias #127556

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