Sunday, January 30, 2011

Card Making Marathon Part 1 -

Hi Friends! Yesterday I decided to do a card making marathon and my goal was 20 cards but I ran out of gas at card #15. LOL! I'm posting 6 of the cards I made and I'll post the others tomorrow; otherwise my post will be too long.

I decided to use stamps and papers that I have not touched in ages. I actually brought the rubber stamps up to my room to look through and decide whether to sell them on Ebay but after making some cards with them, I decided to keep them. LOL!!! Any excuse to keep them, huh?

Rather than creating individual designs, I decided to create 3 cards of each design. It took me about 4 hours spread out throughout the day to create 15 cards. I could have created more cards if I created cards with simple designs but I decided that creating cards that I like was much better than creating a whole bunch of cards that I wouldn't feel satisfied with.


With this first card, I stamped the "Hero Arts" heart image with distressing ink on to the Stampin Up designer paper. I then cut it out and mat it on a card stock and cut it out as well. The rest of the card's design is basically adding a border using my Spellbinder Borderbilities and embellishing the heart with roses by All Natural Accents, a satin ribbon by SU and dew drops to the border. That's about it.

This was actually the first set I created and the goal was to use a stamp set that I haven't touched for such a long time. To be honest I think the last time I used the SU "Sassy Stems" set was 3 or 4 years ago. I'm serious!!! I also used a bunch of SU designer paper that I've hoarded and sort of just kept because they were too pretty to use. How silly is that? I'm a serious hoarder when it comes to retired SU designer paper. LOL.


Again, I stamped the image on to a designer paper, colored it with my Copic Markers, added dots of Scribbles paint (fabric paint), and rubbed a bit of ink to the designer paper. For the rest of the design, I basically embellished the card with dew drops, paper flower by CTMH, and adding the Making Memories Ric Rac. That's about it.

I think I'm going to do a card making marathon again. Maybe once a month. The concept of a marathon helps you to focus on creating as many cards you can using older rubber stamps, designer paper, and embellishments. The key is to choose a day where you are relatively free to create and keep your focus on a set goal of cards whether you reach that goal or not. It sort of pushes you to keep going.

Anyway. . .I'll post the other cards I created tomorrow. I have 9 more cards to show you. . .:)

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!!!!

12 comments:

gennymartel24 said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You do such lovely work.

Becky said...

Fabulous cards Maria, love the first set, those bows and boarders are stunning.

. said...

Beautiful. Love your cards! TFS. Bug Hugs :D

cebelica said...

Fab cards!

tilly said...

a lovely set of cards
Tilly

Ida said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the border on card 1. Great use of the Vase set on card 2 - Love how pretty they turned out.

Whimsey said...

They are FABULOUS; I need a marathon session! I love each set; can't wait to see the others!!

Nancy said...

Lovely. I am particularly fond of the first card. Which Spellbinders border did you use? Thanks for sharing.

Jessie/knightrone said...

Fabulous!!

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Mandy said...

Such beautiful designs Maria!

Sharon Keanly said...

Oh my gosh Maria, these cards are to die for! I just love them and am definitely going to try my hand at this style soon. Thanks for the inspiration. hugs Sharon

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