Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas Collage

Do you love the look of collage stamping but find it difficult to create a collage that you like? Well, Stampin' Up! to the rescue! When I first saw the "Christmas Collage" stamp in the Holiday Mini Catalog, I knew I was going to get it. It is so pretty and there is so much that you can do with it!

I made this card for our Upscale Swappers group. The image was inked with a Crumb Cake pad and then I used an Always Artichoke marker to color in the circle design on the left. That was stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges were sponged, and I also used the Color Spritzer Tool with the Crumb Cake marker to add a bit more "vintage" look.
The "25" was inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped on another piece of Very Vanilla, punched out with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch, the edges were sponged, and the Color Spritzer Tool was utilized again with a Cherry Cobbler marker. I took some of the gold Waffle Paper (found in the Holiday Mini on page 21) and applied it to the back of the "25" circle, then attached that with dimensionals. The bow is simply two pieces of 1/2" Seam Binding in Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke held together with one of the Gold Glimmer Brads (pg. 36 in the Holiday Mini). Of course, to make your card have a bit more "richness", it's always helpful to layer it onto multiple colors of cardstock.

This card was made by Laura Barto (who is another member of the Upscale Swap Group). I love how she used the Christmas Collage stamp "sideways" on her card and used some different colors - Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, and Old Olive. It looks so rich!

So can you see some of the possibilities with this single stamp? You could use parts of the image too - just let your imagination go and see what you come up with! Such a beautiful stamp and so many wonderful possibilities!


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