They certainly didn't start out good, though. I love this rubber stamp, and paid a fortune for it (at least a fortune in my world at $15.99 (USD). I tried to use it last year to no avail, although I did everything people told me to do, including using a bit of sandpaper to get the protective coating off it that the manufacturer may have put on, since it's a very detailed and scenic portrait stamp. I needed 8, but when I didn't get a single one that was acceptable, I had to go to "Plan B." I think I'm going to give this to my neighbor across the street who introduced me to stamping, because her daughter is a Stampin' Up dealer. Perhaps she'll have far better luck with it than I had.
Plan B began with spritzing book pages with my handmade shimmering spray mists that I cut to size once the mists were dry. Then I got out all my Christmas stamps and stamped away, this time successfully, I might add.
Next, I sewed all these individual stamped images to the misted background using variegated green thread.
Golly, I could have shown an inside that was better centered, but I'm not one who measures, so what you see is what you get. Most were better centered, though. And of course, the "Handmade By" stamp holds my signature E and Bleubeard's paw print.
Here they are ready to go in the mail. I'm SO happy I got them out before December 25. And since these feel like Christmas to me, I'm adding this to Moo-Mania and More's latest challenge, which is Christmas.
For these, I started with blank cards to which I added the misted, stamped, and sewn assembly on the front. For the inside and back, I used individual stamps.
I want to wish each and everyone who celebrates it, a very merry, happy, and safe Christmas. I appreciate your visits more than you can possibly know. Please don't forget to meet me at Moo-Mania and More where I promise, you'll get some incredible Christmas inspiration.