Monday, August 20, 2012

Small Size, Big Impact

As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm in a birthday card club, and we've put a twist on the project. We're all making 4x4s (coaster size), so each recipient will be able to bind all their cards into a book at the end of their birthday month. A lasting memory, a collection of great art from friends, and IMO, so much better than a random bunch of cards we'd like to save but don't know the best way to do so.

Thinking ahead, I've been making cards whenever I have some time and am not sure what I want to do.

I've also been able to incorporate some pieces from older projects, giving them new life and purpose. Always a good thing.




On this one I used a lot of stencils and stamps and the luscious Dylusions sprays. The stencil on the right was used to make some texture; Golden's fiber paste was applied over the stencil with an old credit card.




On this one, distress inks and stains, Dylusions stamps, more stencils, and a little machine stitching. And here's a great discovery I made (I'm not claiming to be the first to do this, just that it was new to me when I did it). Ranger has a new product, embossing ink in a bottle with a dabber top. If you look at some of the chicken wire stencil on the left, you'll see it is embossed. I dabbed the ink right over the stencil, lifted it off, them sprinkled the embossing powder over top. Easy as can be and much faster than using an embossing pen.




The ATC sized piece was one I did multiples of some time ago, using Wendy Vecchi stamps. I added the flowers and butterflies and mounted it on a 4x4 piece of colored cardstock.




On this one I added a Prima bird and small flower. There is also a little embossing on the left side.

I think these cards show you don't have to work on a large scale to create something eye catching.

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16 comments:

Penny Duncan said...

Aren't those cute cute cute!!!

Lori said...

Very, very nice! Love those colors, great texture with the paste, too!

Sue Young said...

All are so pretty but my fave is the first one! Great colors and textures!

Shirley said...

Beautiful and vibrant! Very pleasing texture and color! Thanks for sharing

Alicia said...

Beautiful ART Eileen! I tried to pick a favorite but as I went from one to the next my choices kept changing so I am leaving it at I love them all! *Hugs*

SusanK said...

I like your attitude with these cards. And size does matter - I could do this but larger areas of white space scare me.

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! I really like the stitching on the leaves.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Love your colors and your small art!

Patzee said...

These little works of art are so colorful and dimensional!

Vic said...

Sweet little works of art!

Elena said...

They are all fabulous Eileen!!! I couldn't even tell you which one I like best although I will tell you I love the chicken wire one! LOL!!!

Wanda said...

I love the colors!!! Very pretty and cute!

Kerry Peasland said...

Just adorable! I couldn't pick one, they all are just perfect!

Dorothy said...

So cool Eileen!!

teri said...

What a great idea for a birthday celebration. I'm always stumped when working in non-traditional sizes - either very large or very small.

Anita Houston said...

All of them are super gorgeous!!! Love the texture and stitching and all those embellies...fab sentiments too!