Lovely Little Lamps

Hi All.  This weekend I worked on something a little different for me, well actually two things.  I made a notecard set and I started on a mini album (only the cover so far). 

I have had my eye on the Decorative Lamp set from Hero Arts for awhile, but have resisted buying it… until now!  I finally dreamed up a project that required me to bring them home with me (that and stamps on sale + a coupon at Michael’s).  It took me a little while to be happy with the elements of the cards and get them to look like what was in my head, but after some experimenting I finally figured it out and was really pleased with the finished product. 


I had to make the box twice because I forgot to account for the size of the envelopes the first time.  Whoops!  I used the emboss resist technique on all the solid panels.  Embossed the lamps with clear embossing powder then applied Distress Ink.  For the patterned panels I inked up the Hero Arts Envelope Pattern stamp (my new favorite) first with a little bit of the same color that was on the solid piece and then covered the stamp completely with a darker shade Distress Ink.  A few spritz with the mini mister and wha-la!  Then I added some of the lighter ink to the edges to give it some more definition.  The misting was they key.  I was never happy with the background until I added the water to blend the inks and give me some of those bigger splotchier areas.

Here are the colors of distress inks I used for each card (from left to right)
Pink:  Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick
Orange:  Wild Honey & Spiced Marmalade
Yellow:  Scattered Straw & Wild Honey
Green:  Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint
Blue:  Tumbled Glass & Broken China
Purple:  Milled Lavender & Dusty Concord

Another first for me.  I have a pile of things I have gathered to make a mini album for our honeymoon just sitting on my desk.  I am not a scrapbooker because well a big scrapbook page scares me!  So I thought maybe, just maybe I could handle a mini book.  Needless to say, I haven’t done anything with it until now.  I only made the cover so far.  I’m pretty happy with it I think.

I used Thickers for the first time…fun!  And about 6 different stamp companies, including the made in Hawaii “Aloha” stamp I picked up while I was there.  Figuring out the layout took me about 2 days so maybe I can get more confident at this and the rest of the book will move along faster.  I will keep you all posted! 🙂

12 thoughts on “Lovely Little Lamps”

  1. OMG!!! I'm squeeling with delight!! 1st of all – the cards are amazing – they are all perfect!!! 2nd – you started your mini!!!! YAY!! It's beautiful so far!!! Can't wait to see more!!!

  2. LOVE all of the cute cards, and that scrapbook is fabulous! So thrilled that you finally have some DeNami stamps- love seeing them pop up on your blog now! 🙂

  3. Love this card set! I might have to make one inspired by it. I love the idea of using the same distress ink + a darker one together on each card. Just lovely! Welcome to the thickers addiction, too. When I scrapbook, I use them allll the time for titles on pages. I've been on a card kick lately but am majorly feeling the urge to scrapbook now. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Chari I love all of this! Don't feel bad about scrapbooking.. I really can't wrap my mind around it either! The only mini scrapbook I ever finished was the one for our wedding (which I'll be sharing Tuesday on my blog as it's our 3 year anniversary!) I love the front cover though, and bet once you get going you'll have it done in no time! =)


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