My creative journey started when I discovered stamping and card-making in March, 2010. At the time, my husband asked, "how long is this one going to last?" A fair question considering my recent passing crazes: beading, triathlon, cycling, dog-training to name a few. I couldn't articulate an answer at the time but I knew that somehow, this would be different. What I've discovered is that stamping is not just a hobby to help pass the time or to keep my mind busy; rather, it has therapeutic qualities in itself. When I am making a card, the whole world shuts off as I focus on my design and concentrate on putting together the bits and pieces of card and ink. The creative process builds my self-esteem, calms my mind and delights my spirit. And I know that the card itself will also bring joy or solace to someone else one day. At the moment I firmly believe that crafting is a gift from God in my life and I am exploring ways to use this gift in some form of ministry for Him.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas Card for Gina K Colour Challenge

The Colour Challenge at Stamp Tv for this week was to use red, green, brown and ivory. The colour challenges have all been about autumn lately, but of course it's spring here in New Zealand! So I decided to go for Christmas instead. I stamped the image in black Stazon on watercolour paper and then coloured with my Tombows. For the pot I used my blender pen and some SU soft Suede from the ink pad. I sponged lightly around the edge of the image with Soft Suede to give it a distressed, antique look. I stamped the background snowflake on the burgundy layer with VersaMark. The satin ribbon was coloured with my Almost Artichoke ink spot--worked a charm. The sentiment was punched with SU punches. Brown brads added.
Stamps: Gina K Designs Very Merry Christmas
Carstock: SU Bravo Burgundy, Almost Artichoke, Soft Suede, ivory
Ink: Tombows and SU (colours as cardstock)

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