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Aug 14, 2007

Borders & Corners Holiday

This is the card that I sent into Papertrey Ink's Guest Star Stamper contest this month. I'm kicking myself that I didn't make more than one entry this time. I've just been SO busy! When I first saw this set online, I thought 'This set would make perfect holiday ornaments!!!'. So, I took a picture of my boys, scanned it and printed it in black and white - just onto regular computer paper. It looked really dull and I was trying to think of a way to liven it up a little. I just love the photos that are mainly black and white - but the photographer adds color to only certain parts of the picture once developed. I can't think of what this technique is called, so hopefully you guys will understand what I'm trying to describe. :) I had just purchased a few Copic markers and decided to give it a try. I couldn't believe the results! The markers didn't smear the toner at all! And... the color looked perfect! I couldn't get a great photo of it, but I added color to their skin and shirts. Dark colors don't work well (I know this because I tried to add dark brown to Eli's hair and he looked like something from the Adam's family)... but the lighter tones work just as I'd hoped!

I added a stamped border around the photo and to the scalloped matting with the Oval Borders & Corners set from Papertrey Ink. The layers are held together with dimensionals. I added some silver cord between the layers for the 'ornament' to hang by. It's adhered to the card front by a self-adhesive velcro dot! Hopefully the recipient will enjoy the card and then hang the ornament on their tree.

For the card, I used some left-over poinsettia paper from last years SU holiday designer series pack. I made coordinating ribbon by stamping an image from the stamp set onto twill -- and then added a little color to the image centers with a red Copic marker. I love how the holly image fits perfectly in a scalloped border! I added a little holly to the corners of the cards too. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Faux Ribbon set. Between that set and the Paper Tray set, I always find the sentiment that I need! Love it! :) I stamped a border (from the Borders & Corners set, of course!) around the sentiment and adhered with another dimensional.

I really like these new sets (surprise, surprise!) :) These stamps are SO versatile! I love them!!! And... I love that this card has the little unexpected twist to it!


  1. Wow...Julie! I really love this! I know Nichole will as well...good luck! Great idea to make an ornament card!!

  2. Great job! This is so well done!! Nichole will be so impressed!

  3. This ornament card is terrific. I love your ornament. You did a great job coloring in the picture.

  4. That is very cool. I have been adoring those Copic markers and here is yet another reason to buy them!

  5. This is so gorgeous! I have been ignoring the "copic Craze" but your photo coloring has REALLY got me wanting them now. I can't believe how professional it looks!
    I also didn't purchase the boarders and corners set, but this card seems to be pushing me...Hmmmm, are you an enabling elf by chance? *grin*

  6. What a great idea! You did a fantastic job! :)


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