March 18, 2008

More Postage Stamp Designs....Lockhart

I've been having more fun with my Postage Stamp card layout, click on that link to see my sketch and other layouts. I thought I would show you my process for designing a card. First, the supplies: Stamps from Karen Lockhart, FUN new Memory Box papers, Copic Sketch markers, Spellbinder's Nestabilities templates.....all supplies can be found at Ellen's online store.

First I knew my layout for all my cards would be the Postage Stamp layout, easy peasy. Next I picked out the stamps I wanted to use. All are fairly small images from Karen's collection. Then I picked a patterned paper for each stamp. From there, I colored in my image with Copic markers and referred to my patterned papers for color inspirations. I also cut out and embossed the square images with my Nesties templates. Then I picked out the solid cardstock base color and matching ribbons. This is a really fun part...shopping in your own supply stash!Finally, I picked my solid cardstock colors to mat the main images with. I loved working with the new Memory Box papers for this set of cards. The papers just worked so well with my stamped images. Then I just worked in production line fashion and assembled the cards. This wonderful paper has fun shades of yellows so it was a perfect match for the bees. And look at the little birds on this paper. Although they are a different style, they still work well with the bird theme I had going on.
And this is one of my favorite papers from this Memory Box collection. We always seem to stamp lady bugs in red, but around here they are really a deep orange color. I thought those poppies worked perfectly with this stamp! I can just imagine little lady bugs flitting all around that field of flowers. Enjoy the moment.......perfect sentiment because that's what it's all about!
And this cute little snails. I am drawn to the snails now for some reason. I've purchased several new snail stamps lately. I thought the flowing lines in this paper resembled the paths this little snail might take. Round and round it goes. I added the *snail mail* sentiment with my retired Karen Foster snap stamps. I LOVE that concept of the letters snapping together, too bad she quit making them.
And last but not least is the little inch worm. I could see him crawling up that big green stem....might take him all day. And who knows what else crawls around in that little meadow. I think the Papertrey sentiment really fits with the inch worm stamp.

Well I hope you've enjoyed a little *behind the scenes* of how I design cards and my *out loud* thoughts about selecting the papers. Be sure to head to Ellen's store to check out all the goodies, such fun stuff!!

41 comments:

MWIT said...

I just love this card design. They're all so beautiful!

libby said...

You're cards are beautiful and you've inspired me to make some of my own this afternoon - not that mine are as nice as yours. I'm only new to your blog but I've been enjoying your posts.

Libby

Lee said...

Oh these are just so sweeeeet!!! I am lovin' this layout and definitely will have to give it a try!!

Nancy said...

OMG - I love these! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

So cute and springy! I love these!
Judy

Janine said...

These are all so sweet!!! Love them...

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Oh, yes! I really enjoyed this inside look at your design process. I so struggle with this, but this was really helpful!! I also LOVE these cards. So easy when you explain it, and they are darling. I agree about the wonderful Memory Box papers...great! Definitely will bookmark these posts for a reminder. Thanks!!

chelemom said...

You are awesome! I just love this LO! Love your way of thinking!!

huntla1 said...

These cards are just darling and what a perfect set! I have an order sitting in a cart on Ellen's website. I might have to pull the trigger and let it go. Love your work!

Stefanie Staniak said...

Oh Mish, everyone of these cards are wonderful. The perfect set to keep in your personal stash because they can be used for so many celebrations! Thanks for showing us your process - you are amazing!

Dottie K. said...

These are just so adorable. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing your process. I really like y our layout and may have to case this one. I have alot of small stamps and what a great way to showcase the paper and stamp. TFS :)

Ann C. said...

This is such a classic card design. It was inspiring to hear you think out loud and see your design process. I always enjoy your blog and your creativity.

Belas Creating Place said...

Mish: these are so sweet. Postage stamps, I never heard of them. What a neat way to put them on cards and not just on ATCs. You are an inspiration..thanks for sharing.
Bela

KayellWY said...

Such cute cards! I own many of these little stamps and will be using your ideas to create my own "cuties." :) Thanks for sharing!

Debbie Olson said...

Mish, these are fabulous! I *need* that paper! They are so so beautifully coordinated and accessorized--great job!

Susan said...

Hello Michelle...Thank you for sharing your process with us. I LOVE them!

debinicol said...

Michelle, these are wonderful ideas. I love your way of selection and then you are able to really get a pile done at once, yet with just a bit of different curve on each. Thanks...love your blog!
DebiNicol

Pam/Iris said...

OMW! These are darling Mish, I think I NEED that bird stamp!!

JaneAnn said...

I've been trying to post comments and for some reason, my comments won't post. I'm trying one more time - Hope this one works! I want you to know that I gain so much inspiration from your blog! Thank you for sharing.

Tricia said...

I love how you talk us through your creative process. It really inspires me!! I hope I'll get some time to stamp today and try out your process. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello

I have started my layout book - this will be the second layout entry - fabulous, really like it. BUT I need more nestabilities, which are a bit hard to come by in the UK, we have some stockists - but not many. Hmm perhaps a trip to the States would solve the problem. Love your blog - thank you Jackie, Warwick, UK

Juanita B said...

Each card is fantabulous!! I love your process, I ALWAYS get stuck on the patterned paper. Hopefully your out loud thinking will help cure me. TFS.

chelle said...

i loved them all! cute little stamps and the papers are fabulous...they are really pretty papers, have seen them in person and love all of them!
thanks for the inspiration and insight into that fantastic mind of yours!
chelle

leenda said...

Love em all!!

Anonymous said...

I loved to see the process you took to make these. It really makes me want to start making some cards. I love your blog! Thank you for sharing.

Robyn said...

Darling photos of your projects! Great stuff!
Hugs,
Robyn

Kira said...

I absolutely love these! You are amazing at getting the perfect mix of colours!

liannallama said...

A-Dorable cards! I love the combo of the solids with PP and the cute postage images! Great design!

DeeDee said...

Oh WOW Mish...these are all wonderful!!!! I always love your choice of colors and papers.....lovely I tell ya!!!

StampMom said...

Cute, cute, cute -- love the design, your color combos, everything -- thanks for taking time to photograph everything, very helpful.

Shari said...

I love your inchie cards! They are all so beautiful! My LSS just got a bunch of the inchie stamps in, will have to give these a try. So cute!

Dawn Madigan said...

Oh i love this, perfect for those smaller stamps! A little patterned paper, ribbon and done deal.
Thanks for sharing!
Dawn M

apigonfire said...

such a simple layout, yet all of them are so beautiful and different! What a great idea!
~Kendra

Otter said...

Mishy I love these! I need to shop at Ellen's!!! I love the two little birds.

Brenda said...

These are so "simply" adorable - love them!

anni said...

These are absolutely gorgeous!

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Amy says Science Rocks said...

I love these cards! I am such a newbie! What do you do with the ribbon to attach it to the card? I still don't know what to do with the loose ribbon ends :-) Also- what do all of you card geniuses do with the inside of your cards? ;-) Do you just leave them blank?

Juanita B said...

All are STUNNING! As always I love your colors, papers, and coloring. Thanks for sharing your process, it's priceless.

Danisha said...

I was just wondering, how big these are irl?? are the the size of an A2 card, just not folded in half??

Yours are so nice I wanted to try and make some of my own. But I am going to have to go out and buy some small stamps.

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