Happy New Year!! To kick off the year with a bang, Viva Las Vegastamps! is hosting a blog hop! If you’ve come here from DeeDee Catron’s blog, Um Wow Studio, then you’re in the right place. To start the hop from the beginning, please go to the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog.
If you like blog candy, this hop is for you! Each blog on the hop will pick one winner who will get a $15 gift certificate to the Viva Las Vegastamps! Online Store. One grand prize winner will win a $25 gift certificate to the Viva Las Vegastamps! Online Store. To enter, just leave a comment on each blog.
I’ll be picking the winner from my blog on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at noon EST, so get your comment in before then.
Now on to the card I created start off the New Year…
Viva Las Vegastamps! has one of the largest stamp lines I’ve ever seen, and many of them are a beat “off-beat.” I love the unusual characters and sentiments. When I saw Lady In Chair 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 #14669 I new I had to use her on a card. I think she goes great with I Have Two Personalities 3/4 x 2 1/4 #18021 sentiment stamp.
When I think of crazy, I think of someone’s mind spinning – like the effect you get with an archimedean spiral.
I used Inkscape, an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator & CorelDraw, to create the spiral. It’s just under 6″ in diameter. I printed it out on blue paper, mounted it on a piece of cardboard and put an eyelet in the center.
The card base measures 6″ square. Since it’s black, I lined it with a blue circle so it would easier to write a note inside. The front of the card is covered with the same blue paper used for the background of the spiral. To make it easier to reach the spinner, I used a 2″ circle punch to make a notch on the front of the card base. Insert an eyelet in the center of the card front.
I stamped the Lady In Chair 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 #14669 on white cardstock and colored her with Copic markers. I Have Two Personalities 3/4 x 2 1/4 #18021 is stamped on blue paper and punched with a ticket punch. The embellishments (Lady in Chair and sentiment) can only be attached to the card at the center of the spiral. So, to make the sentiment “float” above the spiral, I mounted the Lady in Chair and sentiment on a small rectangle of acetate.
With all the pieces done, I could assemble the card. Join the spiral to the card base with a brad and secure the acetate piece to the top of the brad. I put a small washer between each layer of the card so the spinner could really fly! When you can spin the spiral, the Lady In Chair 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 #14669 ends up sitting in a crazy place!