Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I got a sweet card from Cynthia. She is such a gem! And this card is - yes - stinkin' cute! Notice the brads and the shamrocks match perfectly. I just LOVE that about Close to My Heart things. The papers are the exact color of the inks and thoroughly match the accents and markers as well. Even the design paper (we call them Background & Texture papers or B&Ts) has the same colors so that everything matches perfectly. No hunting around for paper that comes close!
The shamrocks also use our sparkles in the center. Oh and around the edge, that's not actual sewing that you see. That is a stamp from the set called, "Simple Stitches" and you can see it by clicking on the highlighted name. It has other stitches, as well, like the zigzag stitch, and a couple of sentiments including: "I'm sew happy!" You can't tell it from the view, but the little man and the sentiment are both raised - the sentiment higher than the man - using 3d foam squares or pop dots. It's also a little hard to tell, but the little man looks like he was colored with chalks or water-color pencils. Especially on the pants, it looks like a blending pen or water brush were used to create a faded look. Cynthia is quite the artist with this technique. Do you notice how the man's hat is darker along the bottom and has a lighter color (almost like a shine) along the upper part of the brim? I'm thoroughly impressed and grateful for such a talented friend who doesn't mind me sharing her expertise!

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