Thursday, November 12, 2009

Communique Curves (2)

The countdown is a nearing the BIG reveal!  After yesterday I am sure you walked away with inspiration.  I know I mentioned it before but the DT blew me away with their amazing creations.  In addition, I was also verklempt as I read your comments on Nichole's blog.  Thank you to all who have welcomed me back and thank you also for the wonderful comments regarding this set.  It feels so good to be back into the swing of things and to be stamping again with inspiration!

Today's showcase focuses on the holidays.  I just LOVE these large sentiments and like many of you fell in love with the font combo so of course

I started this card by running it through my cuttlebug embossing folder.  There is something about dimension and embossing/debossing that appeals to me.  Match that with perfect colour and layout and accents like buttons OR ribbon and you get a to die for card.  Each of the coloured paper scraps was first stamped with an image with it's coordinating ink.  I stamped the graphic tress on the Spring Moss cardstock using Spring Moss ink and followed it with the sentiment stamped in True Black.  I stamped the wreath image on Aqua Mist cardsock using Aqua Mist ink followed by the sentiment in True Black.Finally I stamped the ornament images using Pure Poppy ink on Pure Poppy cardstock followed by the sentiment in True Black.  I edged each of these scraps too to add punch. And of course who can forget coordinating buttons and some ribbon?


Stamp Set(s): Communique Curves (Urban Design by Alli Miles) by Papertrey Ink 
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White by PTI, Pure Poppy by PTI, Aqua Mist by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI
Ink: Pure Poppy by PTI , Spring Moss by PTI, Aqua Mist by PTI, True Black by PTI
Accents:White Velvet Ribbon by PTI, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, and Aqua Mist Buttons by PTI

I began the second card with mass production in mind.  I stamped the tree 3 times and coloured it using my Copic markers (see colour reference below).  Then I created a second layer and stamped Merry Christmas in white pigment ink and then again in True Black.  As a final touch I added a knotted piece of ribbon.  Keep in mind that the ribbon is just an extra.  You could easily leave it off the card and still get a WOW effect!

*Not sure why the photos look a little blurry...sorry about that.  It was much better before it was posted.

Stamp Set(s): Communique Curves (Urban Design by Alli Miles) by Papertrey Ink 
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White by PTI, Pure Poppy by PTI
Ink: True Black by PTI, Snowcap by Ranger
Accents:White Velvet Ribbon by PTI,
Tools: Copic Markers

One of my favourite card layouts is this one.  I began by using my Spellbinders Square Nestabilities and embossed a square.  Then I opened the inside of the card and placed a smaller square in the outline and made a die cut cut.  Hence the window.  I stamped a piece of vellum using Pure Poppy Ink.  I made sure to heat set it and ensure it was completely dry before I double stamped the ornament on the front using True Black.  Then I stamped the sentiment in True Black.  As a final touch I punched the scallop circle, stamped it with the wreath image and placed a button and ribbon in it.  This card is a special card--it's the kind of card you take extra time to make to give it to that extra special person.

Note: Yesterday someone asked me how I lined things up.  I often use a pencil and draw a line and use that as a reference when I stamp.  In the case of the vellum, I use graph paper below it and line it up the best I can.

I  had a few e-mails asking me to see the ornament up close...well here it is.  The dots come as a seperate stamp but I have lined them up exactly the way they stamped on the vellum above!

Stamp Set(s): Communique Curves (Urban Design by Alli Miles) by Papertrey Ink 
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI , Vellum
Ink: True Black by PTI, PurePoppy by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI
Accents:Black Gingham Ribbon by PTI, Button by PTI
Tools:Punch by EK Success, Nestabilities Standard Square by Spellbinders, Scor-Pal

Thanks again for all your comments.  You make my day!  I'd love to hear from you today.  Of the 3 I showcased today which is your favourite?



Laura said...

I would say the lovely and elegant second card is my favorite, but I really love the typographical effect of using all the sentiments together in the window of the third cards. Plus I'm a total sucker for vellum -- yum. Beautiful!

Christina Fischer said...

Alli, I am loving your new set! The images and fonts are so perfect for clean and classic Christmas cards -- it's exactly what I've been looking for! :)

Your samples are gorgeous -- I love the vellum!!

Marge said...

Alli, they're all GREAT, but I LOVE your last card - vellum gets me every time & this is just so classy!!! I also think your first card would be such a fun, easy card to mass produce -- imagine all the different color combos you could concoct with PTIs great CS & buttons!

Vel said...

They're all beautiful but I'd have to go with the first one. I just love layering on cards.

Meredith K. said...

I think your first card is my favorite - the one with all of your sentiments in that lovely font I adore. I am excited for the release! Thanks for the eye candy until then.

Tamara said...

I am a big fan of velum, so I would have to say the last card is my favourite.

Carol R said...

It is hard to pick just one. I really like the first card because it shows that more then one sentiment can be paired with others. The CAS second card with the little trees is a close second too. Love this set!

Anonymous said...

YOu are ON FIRE girl! The versatility of your new set is really being showcased by all your awesome designs. I am lovin' the card designs you have been creating. Great work Alli!

Amy s K. said...

I'll choose the third card, and that is a wonderful layout. I do like all the dimension your cards have, yet they still can be mailed. Glad to see another stamp set from you!

Sharon D said...

When this release started, I was sure I didn't need Communique Curves, but now that I have seen projects with it, I am sure that I DO need it! I love the fonts, the wreath, the ornament, the row of dots--I'm very excited about it!