I have mentioned before that I enjoy doing challenges. Well today’s Make it Monday was particularly enticing to me as I had never tried stamping on a photo and I had just bought some new inks that should and did dry on a glossy surface. Yay! I was lucky because I have a little program on my computer that will make collages of my pictures. This allowed me to quickly resize my photo, frame it, add text and set down the elements any where I wanted on a 4 X 6 card. This left the room to do the stamping that I wanted to add. I used a sentiment from Joyful Christmas and images from Post and Parcel.
The stamps stick like Gorilla glue on glossy photo paper. I used all the magnets I had from three different stamp positioners and I still couldn’t keep the photo paper from flipping up to the lid with the stamps. I had to put a piece of acetate over the photo to line up the small ornaments as they steadfastly stuck to the glossy paper and would not adhere to the lid at all. This kind of begs the question, “Why do stamps sets come stuck on acetate instead of photo paper?” In fact I am going to try that out in the stamp sets that have tiny images that DO NOT stick to acetate once they have been inked once or twice. Maybe I can keep those tiny images from getting lost……………….yes, it worked ………………some tiny images that I had resorted to storing in a zip lock bag, stuck well to a piece of photo paper. Hmmm!
Anyway, I ended up being very pleased with the photo card.
This week’s Make it Monday Challenge fit right in with what I was working on. The challenge was to create several items at a time. I don’t normally make production line cards. The fun for me is mostly in the designing process and each attempt gives me more ideas for different cards so I rarely make the same one twice. I realized the folly of my method when I thought about wanting to create all my Christmas cards, gift tags and gift cards for the holidays. One at a time was going to be painfully slow.
Here was my starting place. Even when trying to make everything the same, I had to throw in both white and brown woodgrain frames, mats, envelopes and mailbox posts for variety.
Because I like to keep my options open, I only converted one of the mailboxes to a full sized card. The rest may be used as gift tags, just by cutting off part of the mailbox post and adding some twine.
Now I am thinking about mass producing the freestanding little mailbox as a combination napkin holder and place card for the Christmas dinner table. That is, if I think I can handle the Martha Stewart jokes that will be flung at me if I do! LOL!.
The inspiration in this kit is mind boggling. Included is a twenty page idea download with ideas to keep one busy for a long time, including some non Christmas ideas that are amazing. Kudos to Betsy and the entire Papertrey Ink creative team. Your creativity and attention to detail is simply astonishing!