Whenever we go back to Dayton I always stop at Marco's, my favorite paper store. Even though they're on the web, it's always more fun to walk around and see what's new. Feel the paper, smell the ink.
On the last trip I found a Wild West Card Kit by TJ Designs (Tweety Jill). On a previous trip I had bought the Rodeo Sweethearts stamp collection so I knew I would like the designs. The card making kit comes with everything you need, but I had to modify it to make it my "own". I swapped out the plain beige card that is provided for one I made from Wausau Royal Fiber Cover paper in "Sunfower". It gives it a better feel, and the color blends perfectly with the photos supplied in the kit.
The paper, photo, and burlap are all provided in the kit, which makes it easy to put together. I tore one edge of the top paper and distressed it with Ranger's Walnut Stain. Pictures are provided, too, for inspiration. For this card I chose one of the cowboys because it is going to our friend Lou for his birthday.
The gold star was also included, and I attached it with some wire I had handy. I added a black line of Sticky Stitches where the two papers met. I also added a backing to the photo to make it "pop", but the photo and photo corners came with the kit.
The inside of the card shows the "sunflower" color better. I used Marvy Matchable Dye Ink in Dark Brown to stamp the words. "Howdy partner" is from Stamp a Mania. It is one of the new stamps I bought at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe. "Happy Birthday" is from Azadi Earles, and I have enjoyed this stamp for years. Azadi stamps can be bought at many places on the web, but I don't remember where I found this one. I added the barbs to the letters with a Marvy La Plume pen so it would match the barbed wire look of the "Howdy partner" stamp.
I used one of the cowgirl images for this card and left the inside blank for now. I swapped out the kit card for one from the same cover stock mentioned above. You can't see the sunflower color in this picture.
On this card I glued the burlap down first and added the paper, raffia and photo on top. All of the materials came from the kit except for the copper brads. The kit includes four brass brads, but I wanted ones that would look more like the ones found on jeans.
Hope you liked my latest cards. I had fun making them.
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