Good morning! The other day I was planning what I wanted to do for my last few cards this month, and I realized that I haven’t been taking advantage of all the images available at my favorite site . . . Twisted Papers. If you are new here and haven’t seen references to Twisted Papers before, you must check them out for top-quality downloadable vintage images at very reasonable prices. Another plus, in my book, is that Russell and Stan who own the company, are so great to work with!
SO . . . a few nights ago I went shopping and downloaded three or four images that I thought I might use in some projects. The first one is a fabulous Thomas Nast Santa!
Because the images are digital, you have the freedom after downloading to open them in photo software and change the size. I worked with this one starting at 800, down to 600 and then again at 700 (which is where I settled out). I like to resize, print them out and then determine what will fit in a specific die template that fits the image. The Spellbinders® Rectangles were perfect for this image, I just needed to get the sizing correct.
The image was printed off onto white heavy cardstock, then die cut/embossed. While the image was still in the die template, Antique Linen ink was sponged/stenciled onto the image leaving that beautiful white border around the outside.
The paper used is some old cardstock I had on hand and, I think, last year’s My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas collection. Don’t hold me to that one . . . but it is one of my favorite Christmas collections. I wanted to add a little tag to the ribbon and found the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” in a very old stamp set in my cabinet. As a matter of fact, I think it might have been the very first Christmas set I ever purchased back in 1997, give or take.
I’ve got a few more ideas to share over the next few weeks so I hope you’ll stop back in and visit!