I am kind of excited to show you what I came up with for this challenge. First of all, I fell in love with the idea of making beautiful desk calendars as gifts for friends last Christmas, then something happened and I never did. I bought the mini calendars from Papertrey Ink, along with the die for the calendar page and the Calendar Basics stamp set, of course. So this year I am ready to start again with new 2012 mini calendars and...today's post on Nichole's blog is a revisit to Calendar Basics! Yeah!! So between today's post and the MIM challenge from yesterday, I have the first page of my calendar project to show you. I guess I will work my way back from December to January.
All of these stamps are from PTI Bells and Boughs. I started with the larger poinsettia using my new Pure Poppy Ink. (Such rich, saturated color...I love it!) The next step for me was to use the smallest pine bough image around the edges of the card stock only. I used Ranger Shabby Shutters Ink. The next step was to apply the smaller poinsettia using Ranger Lady Bug Ink for variety of color. After working these in, I was ready to finish filling in with more of the pine bough image. The final step, was taking the cue from Nichole's video to use a little black accent to give some punch to the flowers. For this, I used the smaller berry cluster in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. As you can see, I embellished the calendar page with the smaller poinsettia and a few more pine boughs, stamped the month in black ink, distressed the edges of the calendar as well as the edges of the background page with PTI Chai Tea Dye Ink. After matting the mini-calendar with True Black Card Stock, I added a little liquid glue to the under sides of the tiny tabs that hold the calendar in place. The extra bulk of adding the mat caused them to stick out. The final detail should have been left off. I really like a little sparkle on everything I make, but in this case, using the Sakura Clear Star Pen actually dulled the black centers on the flowers instead of enhancing them. Live and Learn. At any rate, I am delighted to have the first page of my first calendar project completed. I will be interested to see how many other multi-stamp backgrounds I come up with before the calendar is finished!
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