|'Twas the week before Christmas
and the house was a hush.
Save the stamping of rubber
in a last minute rush.
The cardstock was cut
The children were tucked in
And I in my PJs
It started out simple
Nothing too fancy--
I pressed ink to paper
When what on my green Christmas
But with little stray flecks,
Then I tried it again,
On pigment! On powder!
"I can do it!" I said
I went straight to stamping
But after I finished,
And then in a twinkling
So I went in my craftroom
My Fiskars I brandished
A bundle of papers
With fibers that sparkled,
I started to smile
The cap of a marker
My broad little face
There was glue on the table
I did not complain,
When I finally finished,
"I'm keeping this one.
I crawled into bed
But make no mistake!
|Are you SURE the author is unknown, Minnie?? Sounds like it might have happened to you this year - LOL! But I know it isn't 'cuz I've already received your wonderful card! |
I sure felt the same way re: the cards I was (and still AM) making... but mine involved bending copper wire, coloring and baking shrinky dinks, making little red noses, wiring and gluing the parts together, etc. At least I got the required 20 done and mailed yesterday. Now to make more to reciprocate! Oh, boy!!
|Can I have one Red Please Please please??|
|You bet, Minnie... you're on my list! (And I didn't even have to check it twice - LOL!)|
|Red, I think I told you how much I liked your card. Didn't you say that DH made a little template to bend the wires? How clever.|
|Yes, hubby did the first one "by hand." THEN I told him I needed LOTS more of them, so that is when he made the jig. He placed the first finished deer on a piece of board, then pounded little brad nails into the board at every bend in the wire (inside the outline). |
For subsequent deer, he bent the wire around the brad outline. It still took a lot of work and his fingers got very sore, but he did a few a day until he'd fulfilled my request.
For those who are wondering what we are talking about... it was the card I made for the Kitchen Table forum Christmas card exchange for 2005.
I got the idea from the book Handmade Gift Cards: Over 50 Original Designs for All Occasions by Cheryl Owen. The ISBN is 0-7153-1268-5, published by David & Charles in 2001. Inside is an alternate ISBN: 0-7153-1177-8 - could be for a hardback edition. The one I have is paperbound. The instructions are on pages 74-77.
I did not make the painted copper heart - I substituted a red colored shrinkydink.
And instead of a red bead for Rudolph's nose I punched a piece of plastic, covered it with red sparkle dimensional paint and glued it on the nose. (I didn't think the bead would survive the mail. As it turned out, some of the shrinkydink hearts broke in the mail - only the ones to US addresses... the ones sent to France, Canada, and Australia survived intact!).
I love the card-crafting books published in the UK... they seldom rely on a particular brand of papers, punches, cutouts, ribbons, dodads, etc. as so many of the US books do.
My only regret is that I did NOT take a picture of the cards as I made them, and didn't make enough to keep one. Oh, well...
|I have a tub of the cards I got. I'll find it and post a photo later one!!|
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