Monday, December 19, 2016

My Cards and Tags: Vintage Atlas Cards

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Party Time"!  And when I needed to make coworker awards to be distributed at our company Christmas party, I decided the awards might as well be stylish.  Since I had so much fun making an atlas tag recently, I experimented more with using atlas paper as a background.


When it's crunch time for a project (and the holiday season is definitely crunch time for me), I go to my favorite techniques.  In this case, it's to use vintage text paper on top of a patterned background.  I used Tim Holtz's Frameworks dies and circle-cut paper scraps of Simon Says Stamp's vintage paper to make the text sections on top of the atlas paper.  I cut the background paper into 4x6 cards using a Project Life die and my Sizzix Big Shot.


Once my text paper was glued down (I used Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue and then let it dry overnight underneath a heavy book or two), I used a sponge to smudge on Distress Ink.  Then I went over it with a bit of white paint to tone it down.  All that remained was to stamp on some faux stitching using Bo Bunny's Stitches stamp and gluing on the sentiments I'd typed out on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter.


Last but not least, I added on some numbers from Tim Holtz's Ruler Ribbon, which I would buy by the mile if I could.  Love it!


The wacky compliments on these coworker awards probably won't make sense to people outside of our wacky group, but they did let my cohorts know that they were loved and appreciated at our Christmas party.

These are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


Our party theme lasts for TWO weeks this time, so you have plenty of time to recover from the holiday craziness and upload your projects to our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  You could win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store and that would be a very merry post-Christmas treat indeed!

Happy holidays to you and yours and I wish all of you the very best for 2017!



18 comments:

  1. Fabulous awards Andrea! I am sure your coworkers will find these a lot of fun! Love the colours and papers, very original and awesome :-)

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2017!
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. What an awesome idea, Andrea! I'm sure your co-workers loved the fun awards you gave them. I love the backgrounds you created and the beautiful colors as always.

    Cathie ♥

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  3. Great and creative as always! I think you are the only person who could have made this :-) I love your crazy ideas, you know it. Lovely pages, colofrul and happy! Let me wish you one more time a Very Merry Christmas and a Happiest New Year ever! Hugs, Marzena

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  4. I <3 <3 <3 everything about this. Insert jaw-dropping thud here. Gorgeous layers, beautiful texture - so much personality flair! <3

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  5. Love this collage work with your signature bright palette, Andrea!! :)


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  6. I can only imagine their delight with the personalized awards! I read them and laughed and I don't even know who or what or where lol These are fantastic! The colors and layering are spot on! Wishing you and yours the merriest of merrys!

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  7. Andrea, what great awards! I love seeing how well you know your coworkers with the little bits you write about each one. In your lovely bright and vintage mix, and the numbers (yes, I too would buy by the mile!! ha ha) and stitching really make these special! How do you like your Mint typewriter? Merry Christmas!!! hugs, Maura

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  8. Those wacky people you work with are so lucky to have you in their ranks! Love these so much... everything about them. I even love the inside jokes... and how is that possible? I can't even understand! 😂
    Just emailed you, too.
    Happy holiday, homegirl!

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  9. Love the beautiful colors on this project, Andrea. Wish you happy holidays! :)

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  10. Totally fun and creative. Well done.

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  11. Fabulous awards, Andrea! Love them, I'm sure your co-workers do too! Best wishes for 2017! Hugs, Sandra

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  12. What a fabulous idea and so creative...these are just fantastic, Andrea and I really do adore them! Wishing you a very happy 2017 and hope it brings you peace, love and happiness... :)

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  13. Awesome idea Andrea! you are the only person can think to use atlas paper as a background!your creative mind is unstoppable! Wonderful work! Best wishes for 2017!!!BArbara

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  14. Awesome idea Andrea! you are the only person can think to use atlas paper as a background!your creative mind is unstoppable! Wonderful work! Best wishes for 2017!!!BArbara

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  15. these sure are the classiest awards ever...love the addition of the typewritten words and ruler ribbon...Happy New Year my sweet friend and all good wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2017....love kath xxx

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  16. these sure are the classiest awards ever...love the addition of the typewritten words and ruler ribbon...Happy New Year my sweet friend and all good wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2017....love kath xxx

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  17. These are fantastic Andrea!! I love the whole idea behind them, all the layers and colours and those words. Happy New Year to you!!!

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