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03 August 2011

Amy Tangerine: part two!

Like I said in my last post, I am finding this whole line pretty dang irresistible! Today I've got two projects made from the same piece of (really cool) paper. First, another simple layout: the second night of CHA there was this banquet dinner thing with a couple of bands (including a pretty dang good Abba cover band!), and in the corner was a photographer, a backdrop, and a table full of props. You'll get to see all three (!) of the photos we took together someday, but this one, the third, is definitely the best. Ain't we cute??

 Here's the thing about paper with premade stitching accents: usually, they suck for 8.5x11 scrappers...because they usually go around the border and I have to chop them off, making it awfully silly to pay extra for the stitching, don't you think? The cross-stitching here is cleverly placed in comparison :). I broke out my handy circle cutter for (surprise!) the circles, and added the black faux stitching with a pen. Take a closer look for a sec:

The bit between the rows of stitching is stamped with my new favorite camera stamp, and I colored in the hearts using quick 'n dirty gradient coloring -- I inked up a blender pen with some dye ink once, then colored my way down the line. The alphas are some older Basic Grey that happened to match perfectly. Sweet! So, if you're wondering why I scrap 8.5x11 rather than the more common 12x12, the answer is simple:

Leftovers! Trimming paper down for a layout always leaves me with a handy 3.5x12-inch strip, perfect for quick cards made with whatever supplies are already out. Here, it's the same stamp set, a bit of trim that was just sittin' there, givin' me the hairy eyeball, saying "use me already."I also used a fun little trick I learned in my Jen Starr ink class: if you just kinda pound the business end of a Distress Stain onto paper, it makes a near-perfect splat mark! To finish off the inside, I used more stamps from the same set:

(And another splat, too.) The paper on the inside is left over from my layout's journaling strips above. I'm so frugal!

You can see another layout made with the same stitched paper in this post -- you'll just have to scroll down a bit (below all the product pics). I think people sometimes balk at the stitching, but I'm really starting to dig having someone else do all that work for me ;)

Before I go, don't forget to go vote in the last round of Gallery Idol before Thursday at 2 Eastern -- I'd suggest you vote for Meg, of course!  (Congrats [again] on making top 5, lady!!) If you read this post, you'll appreciate just how much awesomeness went into her designs.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a lovely day!


Jocelyn Olson said...

Your LO is awesome and I love the pic! Wow--the stitching is fab. I love that camera stamp, too. Cool card! The ink spot is a great effect!

Meg said...

Don't you think it's a little cruel to showcase this Amy Tan awesomeness when we can't get our hands on it yet?!? I need that camera stamp. Yesterday. Plus all three of you look just fabulous in your pic!

I've haven't seen pre-stitched paper before, but I must say it looks really cool here! Plus love how you used the scraps for the outside and inside of your card.

Thanks for the distress stain hint...I may have to try that out soon! (and thanks for the shout-out!)

Liz Michaud said...

Great picture of all three of you! So much fun. I wasn't super excited for this line... but now that I have seen you use it I can't wait to try it out!

Lindsey said...

Could this be too much awesomeness for one post? The stitched paper is fab in both uses, but I especially love those cameras! Now I'm going to continue thinking about the idea of near-perfect splats. :P

Sue Althouse said...

You are definitely getting your use out of this stuff! Love the stitching and the stamping. And the photo!

kasia c. said...

Angela! These are fabulous! I love you layout and that pic is absolutely awesome! You guys had so much fun huh?!!
the stitching is aweseom too.

I love that splat on the card too. Looks amazing!

Emily Leiphart said...

Oohhhh, what fabulous papers! Love that camera stamp... from where? And the splotches on the card are awesome. The tall shape is so elegant!

amytangerine said...

love to pieces!