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Monday, August 4, 2008

DRS Challenge-Inchies!

The DRS Designs Stamp Company has posted their first reader challenge this week..."Inchies!" Are you familiar with what they are? Make sure to run over to their blog to check out all the details and to see the inchie projects from the other Design Team members. I've tried to explain what inchies are a little here on this post. You can also read about my inchie project here as well. Read on!

Inchies are one of the latest fads in card making. They are 1" x 1" cards, yes, tiny greeting cards, that display stamping on the front, and a short, little message on the inside, if you wish.

I can read your mind...right now you are thinking that most rubber stamps you have seen are much, much larger than 1" x 1", and who can write small enough to fit inside such a tiny card?

Well, that's the beauty of inchies! The fun part about creating them is that the front is so small that you use only "portions" of larger stamps to decorate them. You could even create several inchies to decorate the front of a larger card. That's what I did to create this one.

I used the spotlight technique to create this card. As you can see my inchies are the "spotlights!"

To make this card, I first stamped the Sunflower Pumpkin Patch stamp on smooth white cardstock twice, on 2 separate pieces of cardstock. I then used my colored pencils to color in the areas of the image that I wanted to "spotlight" on one of those images. For now, I put the second image aside while I created my inchies.

Next, I cut out the 1" x 1" inchie-squares that I wanted to use on the front of my card. (Yes, I actually used my paper trimmer to cut them out 1" x 1"! I don't have a true 1" square paper punch, but that would have made this project a little quicker & a little easier--so, if you have one, by all means, use it!)

Once I had my 3 "spotlights" cut out, I used black cardstock to mat each one, adding dimension to my image, and to help define the spotlight on the image. Then, I adhered each spotlight to the other image I stamped, exactly where that square belongs in the image.

From this point on, my image is complete. Now all I had to do was decorate the card base & add my spotlight image to it.

To do this, I matted the full image on black cardstock. I thought this really helped make my "spotlights" stand out. Doesn't the color just pop?
Then, to bring out the orange in the pumpkins I matted it again with orange cardstock. To bring out the yellow in the sunflowers I again matted the entire piece on yellow cardstock, however, this time I left a larger border at the bottom so I had room to include a sentiment.

I stamped "the beauty of autumn..." just below the image. Finally, to complete the entire card, I adhered the matted image piece to the front of a 5" x 5" brown cardstock base.

  • Stamps: Image and sentiment are from DRS Designs.
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Cardstock: Bazzill
  • Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, paper trimmer, adhesive, Score-Pal

So, do you think you're up for an inchie challenge? Give it a try! I'd love to see what you come up with!

Have a great day!



PS: Be sure to check my blog again tomorrow...I'm on a roll with these inchies cards and have another project to show you!


Anonymous said...

What a really pretty card Jennifer!! Love how your spotlighted the image!! So darling! :)

Anonymous said...

cute card!

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Thanh said...

What a fab way of doing this specific technique Jennifer!


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