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Igloo Mailbox with Pine Silhouettes in Background

Stamps used are “Igloo Mail Box, Sm.”, “Pine Silhouette” and “Uneven Ground/Snowdrifts.” All were stamped on 140 lb. weight watercolor paper and were inked by coloring directly on the stamp with Marvy Markers. Color was drawn out with a fine-pointed soft bristle paint brush dipped in water. Color from Marvy Markers were rubbed on a plastic coated paper plate and used as a palette to color the flag on the “Igloo Mail Box.” The “Igloo Mail Box” was stamped first and masked while the trees and the “Snowdrifts” were stamped. Diamond Glaze and glitter were applied to the mail box and the snowdrifts. Diamond Glaze goes on fairly thick so one doesn’t have to worry about it running outside of the desired area. It hardens to give a raised, wet or glass-like look. The finished watercolor paper was layered over green card stock to frame the card. An absolute “MUST” for this watercolor technique is to use 140 pound watercolor paper and Marvy Markers. Card by Lisa Haan.

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Fireworks Background with Flag & Eagle’s Head

To create the background, “Fireworks” was stamped on white card stock using a Calypso Kaleidacolor stamp pad. “Happy 4th of July!” was stamped on yellow card stock using the same stamp pad. “Eagle’s Head” was stamped on brown paper using a black Memories pad, cut out, the beak colored with pencils and glued to the card. The eye was colored with pencils and Diamond Glaze was added to make it stand out more. Large stars were drawn onto shrink plastic, colored, shrunk and glued to the card.  “Furling Flag, Background” was stamped on white paper and colored with markers. Card by Davetta Alexander.

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Cupped Hands Holding Rose with a Stem

“Cupped Hands” is stamped with a black Memories pad on Ninja Confetti by Fox River Paper Co., colored with pencils, the hands cut out and the “cuff” edge torn. Glaze is put on the fingernails. “Rose with Stem” is embossed in gold on white card stock, colored with markers and cut out. A slit is cut between the two hands and the rose is slipped into the slit. The Cupped Hands and the Rose are foam mounted on a lavender piece of card stock which is layered on tan card stock, wall paper, tan card stock and a lavender card. Yarn is secured with a brad on the two layers just before the final card. Card by Margaret Wiggin.

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Tea Cups Stamped in Clay

White glossy card stock was brayered with a Lagoon Kalidacolor stamp pad and “Many Thanks!” was gold embossed at an angle. Gold card stock was cut in a triangle and glued at the bottom. “Teacup #1”, “Teacup #2” and “Teacup #3” were stamped in ivory Sculpey II Clay, colored with Lumiere paint, baked, and a glaze was applied. Edging was done with a gold Krylon Leafing pen. These clay pieces were glued to the card. Clay pieces made by Susan Frank and the card made by Margaret Wiggin.

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Deer Petroglyph on Sculpey II Clay

“Deer Petroglyph, Lg.” is stamped in a flat piece of silver Sculpey II clay. The surface is rubbed with copper Pearl Ex and sprayed with a glaze after being baked. A piece of tan parchment card stock is edged with a copper Krylon Leafing pen and layered on a silver piece of card stock which has been edged with copper, also. The clay piece is glued over strips of black and copper card stock which have been glued in an asymmetrical pattern starting at different parts of the frame. Card by Margaret Wiggin.