Sunday, December 5, 2010

Clean and Simple:Christmas


Here is a one layer card (quick and economical too) that I made for the Simplicity Challenge. The challenge was Back to the Beginning, using a technique that first got you hooked on stamping. Like many people, the magic of heat embossing was what really got me into stamping. The first Christmas cards I made featured a kiwi stamp embossed in gold on a torn mulberry mat... no heat gun of course, so they were embossed using the toaster! I hadn't even bought the stamp with cardmaking in mind: I had bought it to make quilt labels for an international swap I was in. The rest as they say, is history! (must be at least 15 years ago)
It would be fun to make a new card using that first stamp... maybe thats a challenge I should do in the New Year...

For this one the colours are Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler on a Very Vanilla base.  I used my bone folder to make the embossed lines at the bottom of the card. The stamp set is Season of Joy and I used my Versamarker pen to add the gold embossing powder for a subtle highlight to this clean and simple card.

3 comments:

Keryn Campbell said...

It was heat embossing with a toaster for me too. My first stamps were foam mounted and have since been given to the kids.

Brenda said...

I loved reading that you used a toaster--I did too. In fact, it was only this year that I decided to buy a heat gun and use some of my various colors of embossing powder.

Carol said...

I never thought to use my toaster! How ingenious! I will remember this if my heat gun ever breaks!
Really pretty card!