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Friday, March 14, 2008

You Get What You Pay For!!!

I was Blog Hoppin' today and found this adorable card by Maren at Zany Not Crazy. I didn't have the same cat stamp as her but I remembered I had bought one of the Studio G dollar stamps at Michael's and it had a cat on it. I dug it out and figured I could make it work.

I didn't have any black and white dotted paper so I made my own. I took a brand new pencil and dipped the eraser end in my VersaMark pad and put dots all over the black card stock. I embossed them in white and VIOLA I had my own dotted paper!!!

I was not happy with the way the image came out on these stamps. It's as though the rubber is too soft. Maybe I'm just too use to using stamps with firmer rubber. I don't know. But I can see that the quality is not there. The image didn't stamp crisp like I expect images to be when I stamp.

I just thought Maren's card was adorable and I wanted to make one something like it. My niece LOVES cats (too) and I know she's going to love receiving this card!!!

I do like this layout and may try it on with different images or theme. It's a quick card to make, quicker if you use decorative paper!!!

My tip for the ribbon is to cut your piece of ribbon 2 inches longer than the area you are going to cover. I tape the edges on the back so the ribbon does not actually go all the way around the card stock. It saves on ribbon plus it makes the bow look nicer because you add it on. For this type of bow I tied a knot in the middle of the ribbon first and before I tightened the knot I added a 4" piece of ribbon. Once the knot was tightened I adjusted the bow and then taped the ribbon to the back of the card stock. I trimmed the bow after it was all taped in place. Such an easy way to get a bow to lay flat nicely.

Thank you SO much for stopping by,


Anonymous said...

Cool beans! I love your polka dots-they are spaced so evenly! Thanks for the idea.

mudmaven said...

That is so cute! Thanks for the great tips too. ~chris

Unknown said...

Cute, love the fact that you made your own bg dp. Great card!

Anonymous said...

Soooooooo cute! I love the polka dots. As you know, they match my shoes and glassware.


kat said...

great case, Wanda; I do believe I like your card better than the original!

Diane said...

As if that isn't real paper,you did
an amazing job with the erasure!!!
Beautiful card girl!!!

Anonymous said...

Great card! Use a very fine sandpaper to these stamps (I have them) and it makes a world of difference with the image. TFS!