Over the Christmas break, my mom asked me to make some cards for her. She is the Director of a hand bell choir, and she wants some cards to sell at a symposium that is happening this year as well as some Christmas cards.
Most bell images are not handbells. There are jingle bells and church bells, but I haven't found any handbells. Until Kate and I found this Inkadinkado image in one of the local stamping stores (and even these are not the type of handbells that you'll find in a handbell choir).
This image is not my style. At. All. But it is so appropriate for at least some of the cards my mom wants, that I bought it. And now comes the challenge. How the heck am I going to use it?
This first image is an old fall back trick, Ardyth Adage #2 (see here for Adage #1) - stamp it in the middle of the card, and frame it.
Here's a variation, in that classic Christmas colour combination of cream, cherry and espresso:
I added Burgundy Stickles on the berries, but I'm not sure if I like them.
But of course there are other 'Ardyth Adages' for card making.
By the way,
Are you ready? Here's Adage # 3 - "When In Doubt, Use Iridescent Embossing Powder":
I stamped the image off the page on both sides, and added the sentiment stamp that I found at the same store. Once the black ink was dry, I used my Versamark pad direct to the paper and covered the panel in ink and then embossed with Iridescent. This is very sparkly and pretty in real life and I think it will be a pretty Christmas card.
Now, for some other variations that don't really qualify as Adages:
add sparkle with mirror card (stamped off the page differently):
Overstamp (stamped imaged in Going Grey, then the sentiment in Versafine Onyx and embossed in clear):
Adage Number #4 - Use Kaleidecolor ink and Adage #1, use a rainbow, are eluding me at the moment.
What do you think - and maybe more importantly, what would you do with a stamp like this? I'd love to hear your ideas!