Tuesday, November 28, 2006

This Week's Little Extra

The Daring Cardmakers have another word theme for this week's Little Extra challenge.
The word for the week is STAR - that should help you make some more Christmas cards, but it's also great for all sorts of other cards too

OK so I admit it!
This is one of my cards from last year but it fits the theme and I'm running so far behind this week that I doubt I'll ever catch up! I made loads of variations on this theme last year, so can show you a couple of others too.

They were all made using the serendipity technique: cover a piece of thin card with torn or cut up bits of paper - a great way to use up all those beautifully matched scrapbook paper scraps you've been hoarding. Make sure they are well stuck down and let dry. Now find a suitable rubber stamp and using a versamark pad, stamp randomly all over the stuck down scraps. Cover with silver or gold embossing powder and then heat undil the patterns show.

Now you can use punches to cut shapes from your finished serendipity paper. I've done baubles, hearts, flowers as well as the stars, and also just plain squares look great when dressed with a little bit of ribbon or some beads. It's a good idea to either ink the edges, or go round them with a Krylon pen - looks much nicer than leaving a raw edge.

I did have some pictures of the serendipity sheets before they were cut, but I can't find them at the moment. I'll add them later if I discover their whereabouts.

OK, failed to find the photos so have scanned some scraps of what I have left to give you an idea what the sheets look like.

Hope it helps explain it anyway!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip Kathy. Will let you know the white pen I used for doodling too (will post it on blog under comments when I have a mo).

Paula said...

Now why didn't I read this before I started mine!!!!!
Oh well a tip to keep up my sleeve.
I've never done "torn bits" very well they always look thrown on..lol

Maisymary's Findings said...

Hi Kathy

Yes great technique for the star - esplly adding stamping & embossing to the serendipity squares !

Maisymary's Findings said...

great technique with the star ! will remember it !

Janine said...

oh i like thos cards. I love stars at the moment....they are so versatile..

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous cards Kathy. Great tip too.

Tracey xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,

thanks for your comment on my blog! Very encouraging! I hope to post a card for one of the daring cardmakers challenges soon! Lovely to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea, and what beautiful cards, I love them esp. the first one. Beautiful job!!!