Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas

Just a few last minute holiday creations that I wanted to share with you. First, a gift card holder I put together for one of the gifts we are giving to my parents. I used paper from Basic Gray's Figgy Pudding collecting-- which I absolutely love. The silouette of the little angel placing the star at the top of the feather christmas tree has a real vintage feel to it. It might look like a stamped image, but it's actually something I found in a holiday crafting edition of a BH & G's magazine. I scanned it, then selected it with the magic wand in photoshop, moved it to a clear layer and then printed it out onto a tan card stock. I inked the edges with Martha Stewart's Copper and Brownstone inks to give it an aged look. I really like how the card, and particularly the image turned out. Altough I've come across a number of Christmas stamp sets that I wouldn't mind getting my hands on, I also love to take something and use it in a way that it wasn't acutally meant to be used. It really get's my creativity on!

I also made two Christmas tree ornaments using the same image. I had a few sheets of Melissa France's vintage Christmas DP that I absolutely wanted to somehow incorporate into my holiday decor, so I thought that they would be the perfect fit for this image. Since I had the image on a clear PS layer I was able to resize it and print it directly onto the DP. I then used Modge Podge to adhere it to a piece of cardstock, which I cut out in the shape of a gift tag. I added a piece of sheet music to the bottom to add some interest and finished it off with some ribbon embelishments and some glitter and gem stones to give it that Christmas bling. Although these pictures came out awful, they really do look nice on the tree. I plan on making "improve my photography skills" one of my New Year's resolutions.

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