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Project to try:

Select a greenery or foliage stamp you like. The example below
features a rather generic Christmas-tree-branch-like stamp, but you will want to pick a favorite from your assortment.

First--open your card and cover all but the area you want to stamp.

Working from light to dark, stamp randomly over the card. Stamp several times with the same inking, to create different shades.

Select another, darker shade of green (or whatever color you have chosen to use.) Again, using the same "random" technique, stamp the darker color. Make the card as fully covered as you like, but don't be afraid of white space!


It is now a "background" completed and ready to be used "as is" or have "embellishments" added to it.

Janet (Detter Margul) at the end of one of her Watercolor Workshops, (presented during a Cyberstampers' Convention) described a water color technique she uses to have cards "at the ready".

It's a good idea to have a supply of "works in progress" to use as "all occasion" or "last minute" cards.


If you have a design you particularly like, scan it into your computer and print copies of it. Don't scoff! It's being done increasingly by professional card designers who produce hand made cards. While the results may not be quite as pleasing as the original card, there is, none the less, a quality distinctly different from mass produced cards. Printing the background you have designed, allows you to spend more time on creative details that make it your truly unique--and still--one of a kind, creation.



The bulbs on this card in this card were intentionally overprinted instead of masked, to create a "transparent" look as well as to appear to be reflecting the branches from which they are hung.

Christmas "greenery" (the kind you can spend) is always welcome,but sometimes awkward to give.

This card resolves the problem.

These small gift boxes use similar techniques. An all over random design using:

1. Several images, all the same color.

2. One image, several colors.

The box used here is a simple fold procedure. It can be adapted to any size you may need but works best for small boxes, so that one sheet of paper can be use.

For pattern and directions click here: