Collage Thank You cards

Our daughter graduated from high school last week and when thinking back over the years I started recalling the many people who have positively impacted her life, contributed to her education and prayed for her through thick and thin. I thought I might get a few photos and slip them inside cards and send them, especially to our friends and family in Australia who love her dearly but rarely get to see her.

I enjoyed making my own collages although it does take a little time and does not always work the way I intend. In order to blend the images together without unattractive overlap it is sometimes necessary to ink only part of the stamp or as I did, ink it all then wipe off some ink with a cloth. It is hard to describe my process, especially as I am not sure that I remember what order I did things; perhaps it’s time for another tutorial?

Edited to add: I have posted a tutorial here on the blog and it is on my youtube channel

Supplies:

Stamps: A Flight of ThreadQueen Anne’s LaceLetter BackgroundFlourish Thank You 4175FGratitude (PB)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa & Desert Sand, Summer Sky, Nautical Blue & Teal Zeal (Tsukineko)


Mix and match

I’m not sure what to call this style of card but I have been trying to successfully create one for a while.  I like the mix of image with text and a little texture.  I have seen several superb examples where different textures and images are mixed very cohesively, sometimes with several layers, other times with one.

I started by working on one layer but decided a mat and an extension of the stamping would work best.  I stamped the branch first after inking it with regal rose,  using marker to add choc chip twigs and branch colour.  I find this stamp quite frustrating although I love the design, as I always want it in two colours but it is  very hard to ink it successfully with markers.  What I ended up doing here was drawing with choc chip marker over a lot of the twigs after I had stamped them.

I don’t own a large text stamp so I stamped a sentiment stamp repeatedly to give the impression of a page of text.  I also inked my large canvas background stamp but stamped it off first so I would only get a faint impression.  Finally I sponged the parts of the panel and flicked some water droplets around. The panel is popped up ever so slightly.

Thanks for dropping in; I’ve enjoyed reading the comments you have kindly left here lately.

Supplies:

Stamps: Berry Branch (Penny Black), Canvas (SU), Ageless Adornment (SU)
Inks: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Choc Chip,  Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Mellow Moss