Holiday Cards 2014

This year, I acquired a snowflake puncher and a couple of clear stamps. I’ve made three cards so far. Not sure how I feel on these yet.

I didn’t know clear stamps existed. Clear stamps are basically peelable, and are used by putting them on an acrylic block. You apply the pressure to the acrylic block in order to get the ink on the ink pad onto the stamp. Then, after you’re done using the stamp, you peel the stamp off. I guess this saves making a wooden block for the old wooden block/rubber stamps. I’m not sure how I feel about them yet. So far, the clear stamp takes off ink pretty quickly, and I can’t stamp more than once. With the wooden block stamps, I can stamp multiple times before the ink runs out…so maybe the clear stamp material doesn’t absorb as much ink…or just dumps it all in the first go.

Oh, and for kicks….here’s the one rubber stamp I acquired this year. I randomly colored it, and then realized the colors reminded me of Waldo…so I drew glasses on the right penguin.

Look, it’s Waldo!

April Showers Bring Baby Showers

It seems that baby showers have been in the rage recently. Of course, I’m just making things up. People can have babies any time they want to, and this isn’t an April phenomenon. I’ve just recently been hit with a slew of baby shower invites. I decided to try making some custom baby shower cards. I was on a roll with the holiday cards, so why not give baby shower cards a try! Here is what I came up with. Share your baby shower and card ideas!

Take #1 Marker, Printing Paper, Cardstock

Take #1
Marker, Printing Paper, Cardstock

Take #2 Cardstock and Colored Pencil

Take #2
Cardstock and Colored Pencil

Take #3 Marker, Cardstock, Ribbon

Take #3
Marker, Cardstock, Ribbon – I saw that message on another card, so I used it!

Horsey Lunar New Year Card

Being invited to a Lunar New Year party, I decided to to make a themed card for the host. Lunar New Year, sometimes known better as Chinese New Year, is celebrated by most Asian cultures. As the name suggests, the lunar new year is based on a calendar depending on the moon as opposed to the Gregorian sun calendar. This year, Lunar New Year is January 31, 2014. According to the Asian zodiac/horoscope, this year is the year of the horse.

While I was searching for card inspirations, I stumbled upon this website, which has some nice paper cutting designs. I decided to try one. Check the link out below.

Link: http://fxpapercut.com/year-of-the-horse-2014-pop-up-card/

The website above had a template for the horse, so I went ahead and sized it to the shape I wanted and then started.

I used red paper and yellow inside for background. In the end, I think the original creator’s white card with red background probably was a better color scheme.

To do the cutting, since I didn’t have great scissors for intricate cutting, I went ahead and used a knife. You can get away with using an exacto knife or that knife on a Swiss army knife. However, just be careful. Curves are hard with knives and sometimes, you can over cut (as I did.) I used paperclips and binder clips to keep the paper with the template on top of the red cardstock. I also put a thin magazine in the inside of the cardstock. This way, the back cover of the card won’t have holes through it when I cut the design with the knife.

Anyhow, here’s the final product~

LNY Horse Card Inside - No yellow paper added yet

LNY Horse Card Inside – No yellow paper added yet

LNY Horse Card - Finished

LNY Horse Card – Finished

Happy Lunar New Year!