Crafty Secrets Monday: Miracles Grow Where You Plant Them
Good Monday morning one and all! I hope you enjoyed a pleasant weekend! I’m staring at the calendar in utter disbelief that we are in the final days of July! Where has this year gone to? Soon the leaves will be turning color and falling from the trees. But for now, it is still summer, and because of all the wonderful rain we’ve had this year, my front garden is absolutely overflowing with flowers. It’s the prettiest flower garden I’ve ever had. When Sandy at Crafty Secrets sent me some new papers and digital files last Friday, I was thrilled to find more beautiful garden images. I fell in love with this sweet image of a little girl with a watering can:
Again, I find myself delighted with the ability to size these digital images to any size I like. This little girl is actually 4 1/4″ tall on my 5x 6 1/2″ card. The more I work with the digital images, the easier it gets! This sweetie is from the Vegetable Garden Digital Stamp Set. This gorgeous set of 40 vintage images is available as a digital download for an unbelievably reasonable price. I simply copied the image, pasted it into Word, sized it to where I wanted it and printed it out on my home printer. Quick and easy! I’ve found that if I use my heat gun to set the ink before I color, I have no problems with the printer ink bleeding.
Double Sided Digital Papers…Printing on different kinds of paper creates unique results
I also used the 99 cent digital download for Classic Damask Blues Papers. If you click on that link, you can enlarge the picture of these gorgeous papers and get a really good idea of the incredible detail and texture that is built into them. The classic damask blue has a wonderful crackle effect built into the paper design, and the classic stripe is deliciously vintage and shabby. I printed these in a 5×7 size onto ivory parchment paper to increase the aged/textured appearance. I love that I have the option to choose the paper background for my project. It truly creates unlimited options for texture and hue in the final project.
The pretty banner comes from the Flower Garden Digital Stamp Set. After coloring it in with alcohol markers, I used foam tape to give it dimension and a real banner appearance. Again, I was able to size it exactly how big I wanted it for my project. I love having the ability to do that! The cute dragonfly is from the Garden Style Digital Stamp Set
as is this cheeky little bird down by her feet. I printed him off twice, then layered the one on top of the other to make him stand out a little more. I also made the flower from the Classic Damask paper download, so you can see how many different ways you can use these digital downloads.
Here, you can see how I layered the papers and images to create depth and dimension in the card…and how I used that classic damask stripe paper to line my envelope. This time, I printed it out onto plain old copier paper. For lining envelopes, it’s the perfect thickness, and it doesn’t add too much weight to the envelope so it’s cheaper to mail, too.
I also used the classic damask blue stripe paper to line the inside of my card. Again, I was able to print it to a 5×7 size so no wasting paper and fewer scraps to deal with. The greeting on the inside is also from the Flower Garden Digital Stamp Set. There are 37 separate stamps and sentiments in this set, as well as 2 beautiful fonts that you can download to write your own sentiments if you prefer.
And this angle shows all the layers and dimension. (You can always tell when I’m happy with a project, because I really load up the post with pictures. LOL! I figure you can always skip any that you don’t care to look at, but some people really like to see all the details.)
Well, that’s it for me today, friends. I’m working on a tutorial on how to build your own custom card box. I didn’t have time this weekend to do a detailed tutorial, but as soon as I finish this project for BMW, my schedule will be a bit lighter and I’ll have time to stop and take photos as I work. If you have any questions about today’s “Miracles Grow Where You Plant Them” card or about the basics of digital stamping, please ask. I’ll be more than happy to help you in any way I can. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask one of the other girls on the design team and together we’ll figure it out! Part of the joy that comes from creating is sharing with others.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today, and thanks for all your kind comments. You cannot imagine how much they cheer and encourage me. I cherish each and every one. I hope you have a wonderful Monday! Until next time,