Oct 28, 2008

Handmade birthday cards!

A couple weeks ago it was my birthday and among all the cool gifts I received, I really loved receiving the handmade cards!

This one is from my friend Marian Garcia, a fellow Stampin' Up-er fan and demo. I love the fun and cuteness of this card. It's made with all Stampin' Up stamps and paper that you can get in the current catalog. That birthday cupcake stamp is on sale btw, the entire month of October 2008.

This card is from Barbara Nick. We are both in the *Oriental Stamp Art* Yahoo group. As you may have guessed, it's all Oriental (Asian) stamp art. Anyone can join, if you are interested!

Here is a description of the group: OrientalStampArt was started in 1999. It is a rubber stamping and related applied arts community with special emphasis on Oriental Style Art themes. Our community exists to meet the needs of its world-wide members and provide a forum for learning new techniques which include rubber stamping, polymer clay, collage, mizuhiki, Origami, book making and other paper arts.

Details of this beautiful card: this card is a gorgeous collage card. There is a hand-torn piece of rice paper as a backdrop and near the bottom is another layered piece of chinese paper brushed over with a shimmery wash. Up to the right is an asian postage stamp that was heat embossed. There is a beautiful shaded bamboo toggle on top of the shimmery chinese text paper and a vintage photo of a young Asian girl in what looks like could be a very old Korean outfit! (I'm Korean-American)! On the red cardstock base there is chinese text that has been heat embossed with clear embossing powder so it's very faint but still noticeable. The rice paper has also been embossed with larger clear Japanese text which lets the red cardstock show through!

This bday card is from LaVerne Wilson! We are both in the Yahoo group: Technique Junkies. This group is for people who like to learn new stamping/art techniques from card artist Pat Huntoon who has an entire site dedicated to exploring all the different things you can do on cards with stamps and art mediums. Here is the link. Her site is called PatStamps / Technique Junkies and has step-by-step instructions for every single technique.

LaVerne made the background of this card using the *Twisted Tapestry* technique. The photo doesn't show how rich it is in real life. It looks like swirled pearls! She also used bright yellow glitter on the flower center and what looks like pearl-ex or perfect pearls on the petals and leaves. I love how the corners have been punched with the tiny circles too.

Thanks to all three ladies for the beautiful cards! It was a wonderful surprise!

***I highly recommend joining a card group if you want to expand your abilities and knowledge of cardmaking, or just to have more cardmaking fun. You don't have to make tons of cards to join these groups. I mostly just learn lots of neat stuff and occasionally post a card every once in a while! It's fun just to share and learn!

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