|(patterned paper: my mind's eye, reminisce, echo park; candy cane and ribbon: from the lovely ros; florals: prima, making memories, imaginisce, petaloo; brads: doodlebug; stick pins and velvet holly leaves: making memories; rhinestone flourish (colored red with copic marker): want2scrap; heart bling self-adhesive border: recollections; heart die: cuttlebug; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, gluedots, hot glue, sewing machine)|
here's a closer-up photo of my favorite part... the collage:
my lovely friend ros sent me some of these gorgeous glass-look-alike candy canes (they are actually some sort of very shiny but lighter weight type of plastic!) last christmas, when i admired some that she had; and you can see i built the rest of the cluster around that. are you wondering how to attach something of that sort to a card? it's not difficult, just a little fiddly, so i do it in two parts: first i get everything in place and ON THERE using gluedots, i like the mini size because they're easy to hide, but i am generous with them since they are quite small. there are probably 2 or 3 under each dimensional flower, 5-6 under the candy cane, and a couple more anchoring the bow to the cane, plus i use one under each tail of the bow to keep those ends from flipping over. then, when the card is completely "finished" i plug in my trusty low-temp hot glue gun and add a little EXTRA HOLD at strategic points, particularly around and under the candy cane, but there's a bit under the bigger florals, too. how will i mail this sucker? most likely i will put it in with a gift, so the bulkiness will not even become a factor, but i've been known to use padded jiffy mailers with the card either sandwiched between corrugated cardboard, or padded with the stiffer kind of bubblewrap. yeah, they definitely cost a bit more to mail, but i like to think of them as being tiny little pieces of art, and i know people enjoy receiving them, so i just sort of count that in as part of the cost of making things i love!
speaking of love, both lisa and stephanie have made cards which take my breath away, and i think you'll enjoy them, too, so why not check out ♥JINGLE BELLES♥? then stop over and visit miss patrice's 52-card-pick up, because i'm positive she'll have something lovely to show you as well!