Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vintage Borders Hop!

Welcome to this stop on the "Vintage Borders" hop! Today I thought I'd share holiday projects that would be very simple to mass produce using just a few layers, and no coloring. This first card is 5 inches square. I die cut a square out of the middle of my White Pure Luxury mat and then stamped this border around the edges, using the window as guide. I added some adhesive pearls to the corners and middle of the medallions. Mat is raised up on pop dots on the Rocket Red base.
If you leave a space in the middle of the top of the mat, you can slide a photo in and out, the pop dot in the middle on the bottom edge of the mat will hold it in place.

This next card shows a fun way to ink up just one greeting you want to emphasize from this many language border with your markers. Scalloped border is stamped below is Vivid Brick. Since the set has no focal images, I thought I'd create one to go with the holiday borders: this wreath from Petite Scalloped Nestabilities dies and accented with some adhesive pearls and colored nail heads. Organdy ribbon was tied with the Bow Easy. Easy peasy!

Last a card using an image of Gina's, these borders will match any holiday set! Cardstock is Pure Luxury Ivory and All Spruced Up. I began by stamping Nina's musical score along the bottom in Antique Linen Distressing ink, I just love this on Ivory! Now I have a pretty perch for the bold bird from the Stamp TV kit "Holiday Cheer", I used a red and green marker to ink up the bird and the branch before stamping. Piercing a row along the bottom and adding some sateen flowers (the red one was also ivory but colored with a Copic), punched greenery to add some dimension to the vine and nail heads add sizzle to this understated card. :)

I hope you enjoy seeing some of these simpler designs, it's the only way I'm going to get all my cards done this year! (out of curiosity I counted this morning how many I've already completed: up to 43, woo hoo!)

How about some more inspiration with the Vintage Borders stamp set? First, check in with the Illustrator of this versatile stamp set, our Senior Designer Nina Bracket and her friend Lisa Hjulberg joining in the blog hop tonight.

Then, stop by these GinaK Designer's & Center Stage Spotlight blogs for even more samples:

Asela, Carolyn, Cindy, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, Tami, and Theresa



Before you finish hopping, be sure to check in on GinaK's blog to enter your comment for a chance to win Nina's Vintage Borders stamp set. If you already have purchased Nina's set, you can substitute any GinaK Designs stamp set valued at $23.95 or less.

For those of you are who looking for a quick and easy Christmas card idea, check out the Vintage Borders Card Kit available online in GinaK's store tonight. The Kit includes the step by step tutorial as well as all the card stock cut to the exact measurements needed to make 4 cards. For more details and photos of this card kit, see Jessica Fick's blog link as well as this Class Kit link. Thank you again for visiting me today!

22 comments:

Carolyn King said...

wow..so you cranked out a bunch more...fabulous!!!! love em all.

Love the bird!

JenMarie said...

Such fabulousness!!

Theresa Momber said...

What a great idea with the frame!!! These are all gorgeous!

lisa808 said...

Beautiful, as always!

tlgirl353 said...

Melanie- Love them all, especially the one with the red bird!

Deb said...

ALL gorgeous! The last one is my favorite!

Melissa Cash said...

Melanie~I'm not wearing socks, but if I was they would be knocked off by your beautiful cards! Love them all, especiall the frame with your adorable son!

Alita said...

You've been a busy bee haven't you?
Love all of your projects but my favorite is the last one.Thank you for sharing your projects. I do appreciate it.

Gloria Westerman said...

Wow. it's all I can say. Wow. Love it.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh these are fabulous!!!! What a STUNNING and awesome, awesome photo frame card!!!!!! Gosh that kiddo is just adorable!!!

NinaB said...

Melanie, these are all so beautiful. I esp love the one with the bird. It gives the illusion of many layers, but it's simple to make.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

These are amazing! I love the picture frame, that flourish border is so perfect. The wreath is very pretty with all the little "ornaments" on it. And the last one is such an elegant look.

Betty Benton said...

Perfectly gorgeous -- even without layers and coloring! You have come up with excellent ideas for elegant cards that can be done in a timewise manner -- thanks for sharing!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fantastic project Mel. Love how great that stamped image makes such an awesome frame. I also really love how you incorporated the Christmas bird in the last card. Wonderfully designed.

Sandra said...

as usual .... WONDERFUL!
Sandra

Sharri Seffens said...

Gorgeous projects Melanie.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Wonderful creations, Melanie! Love the photo card and the beautiful designs of the others! Thanks for the inspiration!

Tina Gilliland said...

These are all just gorgeous Mel! Love the wreath!

Dawn said...

darling photo and holder!! fab projects as usual Mel!!

Jessica said...

Melanie, these projects are perfect!!! Love them all!!

Jennie said...

Great cards Melanie! Love the photo card of your sweet little boy!

Giovana said...

Melanie, your creations are so pretty!! Love the one with your son's picture.
God bless
Giovana