Saturday, November 22, 2008

Vintage Christmas Dictionary PDFs (& Label templates too!) :O)

Here's an example of another way you can use those vintage dictionary scans (which I'm in the process of linking as PDFs, though I think I need to reformat the files, 'cuz the uploading has been giving me a heck of a time--for hours!) Emailing them wouldn't work either, grrrrrrrrrr...I'll have to try tomorrow. I'm still not well; I think I have mono, just joking I hope...LOL... so... I'm behind in emails & blurfin'--Missing Y'all!

The Label-shaped Frame:

This time the Merry Christmas text DP is a frame, that I made by...
  1. Folding a piece of paper in 4
  2. Cutting a corner in a fancy shape
  3. Unfolding & tracing onto the text cardstock
  4. Cutting away the center with a craft knife
  5. Edged the frame shape with silver Zig Painty pen
I've been working on makin' a whole bunch of templates in this style to share with you guys. Kind of like the thrifty Crafter's (aka broke Crafter's) ;o) verions of the new style of die cuts, sneaky. They're not flawless I'm sure, but they're free. :O)

Here's what the rectangle labels look like:
(In 3 sizes LRG MED SML):

Usin' the templates: I made the three sizes so you could layer them if you like.

I like to print them on the back of whatever paper & cut em out. then you don't see the lines. But if you are comfortable using a craft knife (exacto or hobby blade) then that can be even better because you can use the frame & the inside label shape. :O)

The Stampin':
  1. Emboss the truck in silver on Watercolour paper
  2. Make a mask & emboss the tree in Always Artichoke
  3. Keep mask on & emboss snowflakes
  4. Colour using SU markers & a waterbrush
  5. Add puffy snow with a velvet pen
  6. Add silver Zigpainty to the bumpers
  7. Add Crystal Lacquer to the window
  8. Put large silver brads for hubcaps

To mask the line for the snow, I just used two torn post-it notes & sponged on soft sky ink to make the sky. That technique is repeated on the main card (but sponging the ground with white craft ink instead) to have it tie in with the image, like the snow line carries off the side o' the card... :O)

Stamps: All Stampin' Up!: Loads of Love & Happy Winter (wee snowflakes)

Thanks for checkin this out. Me go sleeeeeep...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :O)

Edited to Add: Another card & the DARK versions
Sleighful Scene

Square labels too:

And a tutorial for a purse set made with them
Cuttlebugged Note Topped Purses:


Beth said...

Morning Mel,
Love your card and hope you are feeling better.
Thanks for the templates you are such a sweetie to do this for us.

Anonymous said...

Oh Big Hugs for doing both of those templates!! I've been hoping to get the Nestabilities die cut like that but haven't found it in a store yet??
Here's the perfect solution!
Beth Greco

Chrissy D said...

Good morning Mel - Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I would LOVE it if you linked me up! THANK YOU! BTW - this is the first time I am at your blog and I love your work! I hope it is all right if I link YOU up to my favorites! TFS!

Jane Wetzel said...

Hey Mel! Gosh I am sooo happy I found your blog! I want to do everything!!! thanks for all that you share! ;0

evafromca said...

Mel, first of all I hope you are feeling better and had a good night sleep. And WOW...thank you for all the templates and the background as well. You always have so many goodies on your blog, I just want you to know, it's much appreciated!!!! Hugs! Eva

Darlene L said...

I hope you are feeling better soon. With the holidays approaching it is not the time to be sick. Thanks you so much for the templates. I love the look and being unemployed have no $ for crafts! Thanks again. darlene

Kim Etherington said...

Vvrroommm vvrrroooommm... is that your truck on the way over to my house to have some eggnog latte's with baileys in them? hee hee. Cute little scene.

BJ Smith said...

Thank you for sharing. This is such a beautiful car, oops, card.

Your technique tutorial was great. I can't wait to CASE this card. Once again, thanks for sharing.

Rose-Anne said...

Grrrrrrrrr You should have done these last week as it would have saved me a lot of time etc LOL. Thanks Mel for your wonderful idea and way to do the template.It my creative juices working now. I did one and enlarged it several times on the photocopier to get my template.More work. LOL.
Thanks for all you do for us.

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

Love your card! How kind of you to share your "thrifty" templates with others!

Charlene said...

Incredible genius you are! Ok, if I can't borrow your brain for an hour, how 'bout 15 minutes??? I can't even copy as well as you create!

Tonniece said...

This card is SWEEEEEET Mel.

Sorry to hear you are still under the weather. Want me to send you some of my mom's piping hot ever so yummy sure to cure any ailment chicken soup? Cause I will you know.
On a serious note take care of yourself and get better real soon.

Thanks for the downloads

Angi (Mistress_of_Mayhem) said...

I love that you share your talent with us crafty po' folk! :)

I have learned so much from your blog! I save cereal boxes and use the templates you've shared to make my own 'chipboard' stencils so I can use them over and over again.

Love your thriftiness!

Elena said...

Love that you share your talent with us! You are so kind!!!
Love the templates you made and thank you for sharing!

Beth Norman said...

Sorry to hear you are sick. Get better soon. Your card is adorable! Those colours are so eye popping!

Janine said...

Mel this is AMELZING!!!!

cal8007 said...

Those cards are awesome and thanks for the instructions and the PDF file!

Angie Tieman said...

HOw awesome! I LOVE the vintage dictionary paper, you are the BESTEST! HOpe you feel better soon! ((((((((hugs))))))))

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

I'm totally loving this template....used it a bunch yesterday! But I used it as a reverse mask. You can see what I did here:

Thank you, thank you!

Maria said...

Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving Mel!! I'm so behind on my comments! Just got back from my vacation at Yosemite! I had so much fun!!

Hey, thanks for sharing the dictionary prints and the templates. Love how they are in 3 sizes so they can be layered. You are such a sweetheart!!

Your card . . .as always. . .so unique. I love that stamp!! I gotta go and dig it up now that I see the fabulous card you made!!


Shirley said...

What a pretty wonderful card and what a nice person to share the templates too!