Hello! I've felt half-way decent for a whole 24 hours! Yay!
For those who wish to shop for their own present stamp, it's a Janet Dunn Design for Hampton Art, PS0667. But I can't find it online anywhere. It's relatively new, but may just be available at Michael's.
Now, large stamps like this one--composed of many parts--are incredibly useful. You can, of course, use the entire stamp as I did yesterday, or you can isolate individual elements of the stamp and use them separately, as I will demonstate today and tomorrow.
I also love that I can play a bit with the whole chevron trend without buying into it completely because, as my younger son would say, "It's not my favorite." One present out of the five has chevrons. In a small dose like that, I can enjoy it without having my eyes water. (My apologies to the chevron fanatics out there!)
To make this, I isolated each present with post-it notes, inked each separately with VersaColor ink, and stamped each separately on scrap paper with plenty of white space around the image. Then I punched each out with a 1 3/4" circle punch, artfully having each present slide out of its circle to make the whole thing more interesting.
It worked. Squeeee!!!!
The design is playful and dynamic, in contrast to the static design of the straight line of presents, and very in keeping with the sentiment and theme. I just love how completely different the feel of this card is from yesterday's black-and-white birthday card.
Versatility is GOOD!
And speaking of presents, when I was little, my grandmother referred to presents given for no good reason as "sur-sees." Grandma made up a lot of words just for fun, but that one really stuck in our family. Sur-sees are supposed to be small little surprises, so I'm going to pick a random comment from today's post and send its author a packet of bling. I'll pick a comment around 6:00 tomorrow evening. [It's Monday evening now...or prevening, if you are a Sheldon Cooper fan!]
Has anyone heard the term sur-see before? I'm spelling it phonetically, so it may be a play on a real word, exaggerated by my silly grandma. Oh how I miss her!
stamps: Hampton Arts, Papertrey (Signature Greetings)
paper: PTI white
accessories: dimensionals, circle punch (1 3/4"), rhinestones