Happy January everyone. What does January mean in our card making world…..that it is time to make Valentine cards for our loved ones. I’m mixed on whether valentines should be mushy or cute, beautiful or crafty, but no matter what your preferences are I think you’ll like today’s card with just a bit of whimsy.
My card today was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch for a tall and skinny card. Tall and skinny it is, unlike my lumberjack on the front.
I followed the sketch nearly to the letter this time, although you don’t always have to do so. Sketches are meant to be interpreted by the artist so taking artistic license is very much allowed. I had been struggling with a layout to use with the lumberjack featured in the Wood you be Mine stamp set (see it below) until I chastised myself for not looking for a sketch as they can be so helpful with artist block. The Mojo Monday sketch was perfect. I could just see him hanging out up there on the circle. It also gave me a chance to use some new paper available in the new Occasions catalog beginning Jan 6, called Stacked with Love paper stack (see it below, too). The stack uses black, white, red and pink on one side of each design, and all black and white on the other, making it useful all spring long, not just for February. I chose one sheet from the stack and cut two banners, the same width but different lengths. I decided to use the same side of the paper, the black and white side, but to color over one with my real red sponge dauber.
The lumberjack is actually a two step stamp, first stamping the entire image with black memento ink. The second step is to color in his shirt, there is another stamp just for that, so you can make his flannel shirt any color you like. For the rest of his coloring I pulled out my blendabilitiy markers for skin tone, blue jeans and his beard. I also used them on the slice of wood next to him using the smoky slate set for shading. I also added some Crystal Effects on the top there. I really wasn’t intending to have a shiny log like that but I used it to repair a mistake I made. I’m happy with the result.
Of course with a tall and skinny card you need a tall and skinny envelope. My card measures 3×7 so I made an envelope using the Envelope Punch Board that would fit a card the size of 3 1/2 x 7 1/2. I find with those types of cards the size needs to be adjusted a half inch for the height or it won’t fit. Want to know how I know this, because the first envelope I made out of real red paper wasn’t big enough. Notice the red lining inside the white envelop, yup, that was the first one, but it didn’t go to waste.
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