Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mailbox Greetings (2)

You'll be delighted to know that I received my set today. Don't you love the post??!!! They did come through after all. Albeit late!

Today I plan to share some vision with you. The potential in this stamp set is endless, with interchangeable bases you can have a card for all seasons. I was happy to see that some of you guessed the bases. You can choose grass or flowers for summer, leaves for autumn, snow for winter and a puddle or flowers for spring. In addition to that, you will find sentiments for each of those seasons: Happy Summer, Gifts of Spring, Happy Autumn, Warm Winter Wishes. You'll also find some love sentiments, a greeting for Easter and a greeting for Christmas. I cannot wait for you to see the remaining sentiments and stamps come release day!!!

Throughout today's tutorial I am going to show you various ways to maximize the potential for this stamp set using some of the other PTI stamps you may already own. Are you ready????

Christmas is such a special time in our family. I enjoy sending out cards to family and friends and I knew Mailbox Greetings would be IDEAL for our seasonal cards this year.

Step 1
To start, I stamped the mailbox images and the snow using Noir Black Palette Ink.



When I designed the snow I wanted a way to make it easy to line up with the mailboxes. I circled the key "line up" areas for your convenience.



SIDE NOTE!
While I am on the topic of the "snow" I also wanted to show you the puddle since it is created using the same stamp. All you need to do to create a puddle is invert the stamp (rotate the image 180 degrees until it is upside down)
Here you can see I masked the mailbox posts using post it notes and then stamped the "puddle".



This is what the finished puddle would look like...



Step 2
Okay...now back to the card. Next I coloured the image using my Copics again (don't worry if you don't like colouring I'll show you an alternative tomorrow).



and then stamped the snowflakes and the "Holiday Cheer from miles away" sentiment. This one is my ABSOLUTE fav sentiment...I just HAD to include "miles"



Step 3
Once I finished my stamping and colouring I decided to add some "bling" to my card using glitter and my quickie glue pen. I love how quickly I can add glitter using this pen...one touch and there is glue...it's that simple. You'll likely notice that I have two layers of snow. I stamped and cut out an extra snow so I could add dimension to my card.



Step 4
Next I sewed my image to a layer of Aqua Mist. The sewing machine and I had a battle today. I am just going to smile and nod and say that it was supposed to look that way *lol*
After the sewing I punched a hole through the layers and fed the ribbon through...



and tied a pretty bow on the front side.



Step 5
Finally, I added my 5x5 sewed image to a 5.25x5.25 piece of patterned paper which I adhered to my 5.5x5.5 piece of kraft cardstock. I also added the year to personalize the card using the numbers from Wedding Day.

While I am on the topic of add ons...Mailbox Greetings coordinates with the cute images from the Believe set released last fall (see images below)





Here is the final card



Personalize the inside of the card using a strip of your patterned paper and a family photo (I used a photo of my son from 6 years ago...that was his first Christmas) I also included a family write up.



Supplies

paper: Stampers Select White Cardstock by PTI, Aqua Mist by PTI, Kraft from SU!
patterned paper: Ginger Blossoms by SU!
stamps: Mailbox Greetings (Urban Design) by PTI, "2008" from Wedding Day (Urban Design) by PTI
accessories: Ribbon by May Arts

tools:
Sewing Machine, Copic Markers: R27, E27, B00, E43, Y28, Fiskars Hole Punch

Check back for another sneak peak tomorrow!!!! And the announcement of the winner of Mailbox Greetings.

P.S. I will be back later today to answer some more of your questions!

56 comments:

Lighthousegirl said...

OK - I am in love - I NEED these stamps and soon!

Thank you for what looks to be an amazing set

Jewels said...

I love the way you designed it so easy to line up...super cute!! and BTW HOW CUTE IS YOUR SON!!!! Simply Adorable!!

Joan B said...

too cute. what a clever card and the picture inside just blows it away completely!!

June said...

Gorgeous card Alli, how cute is that!This set is so adaptable and love the way it can be used throughout the seasons.

Kerry J. said...

Love, love, love it! Can't wait to see more images! So glad your set arrived!

cadnileb said...

Super cute! :-) Love that there's "ground" stamps for all seasons!

Cheryl said...

I posted but don't see my post, so if this a duplicate, please delete this one. I lept (is that a word?) out of bed this morning to check your blog to see what you had created today. Love it, love it, love it!!! I can see my Christmas cards this year also. What talent you have Alli.
Cheryl Sims

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

Alli - what a beautiful card. I am so glad you got your set finally! I am in love with this set, and that greeting, I've got to have that as my family all lives in Ireland while I am in the US so 'Holiday cheer from miles away' is just perfect :o)

Sara said...

Wonderful!! Can't wait to see the entire set.

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my Alli~! Fantastic!! I love the idea of how simple this set seems to use. I'm terrible about masking and don't do it often. The mailboxes and snow are awesome!!

Kathy W said...

Wonderful card!

Anne said...

Ooh, I just LOVE how you designed this set for perfect placement of the snow/water around the mailboxes! So awesome!

Stefanie said...

How smart are you? I love the little indentations for the mailboxes in the snow stamp and to just flip it over for a puddle is a great idea too! Love the fonts you use and can't wait to see the rest of the sentiments.

MintStamps said...

Ok, I just had to say that the whole snow thing flipped to a puddle is just genius. You are so clever! Your sets are always just fabulous.

Etha said...

Wow that is so sweet! Love the puddle/snow combo in one stamp, very cool, stamper's legos :) Those mailboxes with their "open mouths" seem to be chatting away, hehe.

Flossie's Follies said...

this is such a fantastic set, love those mailboxes can't wait to see the rest of the set.

YouInkIt said...

You did such an amazing job designing this set - it seems as though you have thought of everything! :D

One Creative Life said...

"Miles away"LoL. How clever of you. :)How cute would the gift from the Believe set be next to or inside(will it fit?)one of the boxes. I love the puddle/snow stamp. Great thinking on that one! Thanks for sharing.~Erica

Carol W said...

I am betting that the cute little envelope you showed the other day fits beautifully into Santa's hands, hmmm...?

~Lana B.~ said...

Great card...loving the set more every day! And that sentiment is awesome!!!!!!!!
TFS!!
~L~

Andrea G. said...

This looks like it is going to be a wonderful set. Love those mailboxes....and your cards, as usual!! You are such an inspiration.

travelingmama said...

Love this card! What a beautiful idea for Christmas time!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh how adorable, Alli! LOVE this card! Can't wait to see more of the set!

2stampis2b said...

Very cute! BTW, we just had snow this last Saturday, so I have mixed feelings about the snowflakes on the card! ;-)

Mary said...

The snow, the puddle, the line-up areas! Oh, how I LOVE stamps designed by gifted stampers!!! GREAT set!

Sara Paschal said...

This is really cute!

Anonymous said...

very cute card! Do the tiny snowflake stamps come with the set too? Those are adorable!!!

Terri E. said...

Love the ribbon used on this card. It adds so much dimension.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Niki Estes said...

Love this card and that sentiment! So cute, Alli!

ALLY said...

Love the end result Alli! Awesome use of so many stamps!

CrazyCurl said...

I love it! Such a cute idea for a Christmas card. I can't wait to see the rest of the set :)

Judy S said...

I just absolutely love this! You thought of everything when you designed this set! Can't wait to get it!

Sharon D said...

So clever to flip the snow for a puddle! And I love how you fancied up the snow with two layers and glitter. Also love the sentiment! Very cute card!

Sharron Gregory said...

Wow! So cute--I love how versatile this set is, endless possibilities.
I am so anxious to see the complete set!

Julia Aston said...

this is just adorable! I just love how you can reverse the snow to make a puddle! what a creative design!

www.createwithjulia.blogspot.com

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Where do you get this wonderful inspiration! You are amazing, and these are absolutely darling!!

Tracy said...

Wow, I am loving this set. Those mailboxes are so cute.

What did you mean when you said this set coordinates with Believe? Do you mean those tiny images fit inside the mailboxes??

Anonymous said...

You are one talented chick! LOOOOVE IT! :) Kym

Sarah/WAstamper said...

Cute, cute, cute!

JoAnna said...

oh my gosh!! I love how the snow turns into a puddle or vise versa :) So cool!!!!

melissa.flieg said...

Glad your set finally arrived. Love what I have seen so far. Can't wait to see it all on Thursday night at the release party.

annheidel said...

Very cute card - love the colors! It's nice to know the Believe set coordinates with this one. I bet the holly image would look cute on top of the mailboxes.

Marlou said...

Hi Alli, this card is gorgeous!!! I just adore those cute mailboxes :) x

Aviator girl said...

This is a super cute card. I love all the detail. Adding the year was such a nice touch. Glad you finally got them to play with for real!

Granna said...

Oh, so clever and practical down to the last detail. Love the "miles" on the card...for so many years, I have had all of my family out of town and this says so much. Thank you for thinking ahead to use with some of the other sets! Great job!

leenda said...

Looks like you've achieved another versatile set of stamps! Looking forward to seeing more samples!

Wendy said...

This is a super cute set, Alli! Can't wait to see the rest of the sentiments!

Alison said...

Those mailboxes are so cute and you are so talented. How do they coordinate with Believe set? Can't wait to see.

Denise Bennett said...

Really Great! I can hardly wait!!

Anonymous said...

I aboslutely love this stamp set.....your card is so cute!! You are a very talented person!!

Cindy C.
cac1957@hotmail.com

StamperSharon said...

Fabulous card and adorable set, Alli!

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

Hi Alli! I have to say WOW. I don't normally think of myself as a "cutesie" stamp girl but I absolutely love your set. I love that it's original. I can't wait to use it for Christmas cards!!!!!!

barb said...

Have you always wanted to design stamps? How did you decide to do this as a job?
barb hendrickson

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for giving us an easy way to line up the images!! You have no idea how much that will help some of us!! Well, maybe you do have an idea. LOL I can't wait to order this set. Although I would much rather win one!!!

Jennifer S

Charmaine said...

How clever to have the snow and puddle be the same stamp! Love the sneak peek.

Charmaine

Debbie Olson said...

This is just THE cutest, Alli!