Of course, one stamp leads to two stamps and before I knew it I have bought five new stamps. Most of them are Penny Black stamps. The first one is a very simple design with direct to rubber inking. The background had been sponged with brown ink. Which I ended up buying four 0r five new stamps pads plus three markers.
The paper is white, red, and black with red swiss dot ribbon. Having bought scrapbook paper that is reversible allowed me to get the effect of using two different papers. The pine cones had the reverse side of "faux wood".
I used a background script stamp in dark brown on cream paper. next I stamped on vellum using the direct to rubber method again, with a water pen I added a little color and highlighted with an inkessentials white pen. The sentiment is just a portion of another stamp as you will see a little further on.
The blue Christmas card was the most simple of all, don't you just love the designer paper??? It came already embossed and highlighted with a gel type finish on the leaves and berries. I stamped the sentiment again using just a portion of a collage stamp, ripped the edges and affixed to one side. A faux bow and I was done.
The Art Room, in Franklin N C has a lot of cool things packed into a small space. My DH was with me the first day and he was so impressed with the lady that owns, and is the only employee of the shop, that I was able to return multiple times during the one week without a "fuss" about how much I had spent.
The last card I have to show is a collage stamp by Penny Black. I inked direct to rubber ( a great technique when you have limited supplies), stamped on cream, then I used my water pen to darken and add a touch more color.
You can see now where the noel came from for the earlier card.
I have decided that I will NEVER again travel without my supplies for crafting, at least when I know I will have hours of free time without all of life's interruptions. Now I don't mind buying a few new supplies, but I don't need six different brands of stamp cleaner, three brands of glue stick when I normally use adhesive tape when I have.......well you get the idea. It sounds like I need to spend more time creating than buying...but don't let my DH know I said that!
Thank you for looking, and I will supply you with the paper company names as soon as I get home to look them up.