Happy New Year!!!

January 1, 2010 at 12:05 am 3 comments

I mentioned in my last post about my crafting goals – one of which was to expand my horizons, to push myself more with my stamping and try something different.

This first post of the year gets me off to a good start!  First, its a bookmark, not a card, second it has a collage-y and vintage-y look – which I tend to shy away from since I don’t feel comfortable with that style, and lastly I used a cutting stencil in the corners – a tool that I’ve had for ages and just never seemed to use!

I’m happy with the way it turned out!  I also realized that I have alot of “time/clock” related image.  I used 9 different ones on this tag, and probably have that many more that I did not use!!! The stamps are from either  Above the Mark or Limited Edition, but they are all unmounted and I failed to write the stamp company name on them, so if you recognize any of the stamps and they are not from either of these two stamp companies, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.

The main panel was stamped and masked with a variety of Ancient Page inks – browns, blacks, greys, rusts, etc. and sponged around the edges.  The main clock face is popped up.  You can’t tell from the photo but the charm at the top of the tag is a clock face – and it is a new year miracle that I was actually able to find a clock charm in my stash of stuff!!

The main panel was mounted on a piece of scrapbook paper that looked like sand – I was able to use it without any sponging! 

Take a closer look at the corners.  I used an Incire cutting stencil to cut the paper, then folded the cut part down to reveal the black cardstock underneath.  Have you used these types of stencils?  I’ve had them for years, hardly ever use them, but thought the look would be right for this bookmark.

Incire stencils are made of metal (like the brass stencils), and they have sections cut on the stencil where you use a kraft knife to cut, then fold the cut part over.  I’m not sure if that makes sense!!  Here is a look at a sample stencil – its not the one I used for the bookmark, but you get the idea.

I hope the year is starting off well for you – thanks for stopping by!

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End of the year – goodbye 2009, hello 2010 A clean and simple inspiration, and cutting your stamps?

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Julie Koerber  |  January 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

    You should shy away from your comfort zone more often! I love this Nancy! What an earthy fun look that would be perfect for a “guy gift” stuff it in a good read and… you have a fun gift! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • 2. Carol Southern  |  January 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I rarely do this style myself, but when I see something like this I think maybe I could do that. It is terrific, love it very much!!! Your layout, colours everything looks terrific.
    Now to find some clock stamps.

  • 3. Sylvia Johnson  |  January 2, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Very pretty.


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