Be forewarned...long winded and occasionally whiny post ahead.
I was recently commissioned by a girlfriend to create Hanukkah cards for her teenage niece and nephew. I instantly agreed and then realized that I have absolutely nothing for the Jewish faith in my enormous stash. So I'm thinking... "No worries...I'll pick something up in the Silhouette Studio." Yeah, that didn't work. I have two computers and after downloading all of the software, my library and designing the cut files, neither computer would recognize my machine. &*$^%#@. And their website doesn't have updated drivers for my older model so I may be totally SOL but I'm pushing that aside to another day.
In the meantime I put on my big girl panties and moved on to my next brilliant idea. Google for digital images! Well that proved to be another waste of time so I really had to think outside the box.
Because they live up north (we're in FL) I knew I could use a snowman so I decided to design it in Hanukkah colors and bling it up a bit for a teen girl. After a bit of evolution (and spillage of a bottle of white acrylic paint onto my desk AND my black Lululemon leggings ***huge gasp and a few more choice cuss words*** this is what I came up with in the end.
I had to go with a computer generated sentiment but I think it turned out darling. The actually making of this card took very little time but combined with the outdated technology and a comedy of errors, it was basically a day long project. *sigh*
On to my next card --
In my opinion a cool truck is always an option so I designed her nephew's card around one of my all time favorite dies.
I created this one in Hanukkah colors as well and loaded up the back end with gifts. I gave the background a bit of oomph with some ink blending along the edges and printed the sentiment on some vellum which I added to the tailgate. It was really, really difficult not to add in some pretty embellishments so I basically had to hide this card from myself.
And because I'm a glutton for punishment I made her a bonus card. This one has a more traditional elegant look and feel to it.
I used an embossing folder and silver cardstock to create the background texture. The eight gifts (kinda proud of myself for that one. LOL!) were created with a die. The beautiful paper used in all three of my cards is from a Tonic Studio 6x6 paper pack. I die cut the Happy, added to to another computer generated sentiment strip and used some glitter drops as accents.
In the end I was extremely pleased with all three cards and hope she loves them as well. I am definitely planning to buy a Hanukkah stamp set before next year. I have my eye on this one from HoneyBee Stamps
but would appreciate any recommendations you might have. Oh and in case you're wondering...saving my Lulus took precedence over my project and craft desk and I'm relieved to say that I was able to the get paint out. :-)
Simon Says Stamp - Snowman Picture Book die
Simon Says Stamp - Brilliant Gifts die
MFT Stamps - Gift Card Shaker Set die
Spellbinders - Truck die
Fun Stampers Journey - Cozy Knit embossing folder
Tonic Studios - December Skies 6x6 paper pack
Pretty Pink Posh - Starry Night Sequin Mix
MFT Stamps - Happy Birthday Block die
Stay safe and healthy my friends!
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