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:

Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You do such lovely work.

Becky said...

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

THEBUZYBUG 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 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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