Friday, September 9, 2011

Make it Monday #31

It's been a few weeks since I have had a chance to participate in PTI's Make it Monday, but I am glad I was able to join in this week.  The topic is "Creating Backgrounds with Non-Background Stamps", and that is something I really like to do.  I picked up a few good tips watching this video.

I am planning on making and sending Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) cards this year.  I used this opportunity to play around with a few different designs. 
Here are three backgrounds I created, using stamps from PTI's Mazel Tov set. 

I used the shofar image for the first two cards.  The shofar is an instrument made from the horn of a ram, and it is traditionally blown on Rosh Hashanah to mark the beginning of a new year.  If you have ever heard someone blow a shofar, you know that there is no other sound like it.  I used the hamsa image for my third card.  The hamsa is an important symbol in Jewish art, not specifically for Rosh Hashanah, but I thought it was a pretty cool image and wanted to use it. 

My original plan was to play around with these background images in various colors, and add other elements in order to create the 'perfect' card.  Then I would make 20 of that card.  Ha!  What actually happened is that I started playing around and came up with lots of cards.  I liked most of them.  So, what I will end up with for this year is an assortment of designs and color schemes, a few of each, to send to my family and friends.  If I am organized enough, I can keep track of who got what this year, and I can just send different cards to the same people next year.  (Unless, I start playing around then, too.)

I used Ripe Avocado cardstock with the Half and Half die.  The sentiment is from Mazel Tov, and it says "L'Shana Tova"  That is what you say on Rosh Hashanah, and it means you are wishing someone a good year (in Hebrew).  That die cut is stamped in Versamark with IO Cover-a-Card Screen.

Here is the same card, but using Terracotta Tile cardstock.

Exact same card, but with a different sentiment, also from Mazel Tov.  I will put "L'Shana Tova" on the inside of these cards.

And, here it is again in Terracotta Tile.  I made paper buttons, using Button Boutique, since I am trying to keep these cards fairly flat for mailing. 

This is my last design, using the MIM technique.  I think this is my least favorite of the three.  I'm not sure what it is, but I think I don't like the lack of sentiment on the front.

I have a few more Rosh Hashanah card designs to share, but I'll save that for another day.  In the meantime, sincere thanks for bearing with me on such a long post.  If you have a card or color scheme you like best, please let me know, since I still need to make a few more of whatever designs I like the best.

Supplies Used (all Papertrey, unless otherwise noted):
Stamps:  Mazel Tov, Half and Half, Button Boutique, IO Cover-a-Card Screen
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Ripe Avocado, Terracotta Tile, Kraft
Other:  Half and Half die, Button Die, rustic twine

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  1. These look great, Joyce! I'm really enjoying this week's MIM technique, too!

  2. Your backgrounds turned out so beautiful!

    The curly-q die I used on the card you commented on is the Icing die from The Cat's Pajamas.

  3. Nice cards. I never thought about using IO's Cover a card on the half & half. I have several. That expands my repretoire as I have several.
    Love the colors on your cards.

  4. Joyce the backgrounds turned out fabulous!!
    Love all the different colors...
    and they all look fabby with the Half & Half...
    quite a start on a collection of cards!!
    I think they would be gorgeous in blue...
    but that may also be because I'm partial to blue :)
    And if you figure out how to keep track of a list...
    let me know :)
    That had been my plan last year so I don't use the same set on someone's card this year...
    I think I'll just use new sets! :)

  5. They are all great! I Love the Mazel Tov set too. I am always happy to find new uses for it. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy New Year to you!

  6. Your cards are beautiful and love, love the backgrounds and the way you used the half and half dies too!

  7. Great job with the challenge, your backgrounds are perfect.


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