my blog. I used to be very resistant to the whole idea of rubber stamping - why would I put someone else's images in my work? Then I came to see a rubber stamp as being more like a brush with a very specific shape, that I could use in techniques that don't lend themselves well to hand drawing. I've been hooked on stamps and stamp techniques for about 11 years now.
My Rosh Hashanah cards traditionally feature apples and honey, but Rosh Hashanah is also a time to try things that are new, so I tried two new things with this card.
The second new thing for me is the design - this is a rocker card, the first I've made. I started with a 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 base; I drew the curve using a dinner plate, and tapered the sides on the radii. If you look closely, you can see I used the same butterfly with pale purple ink on the background - it gives a feeling of movement. Speaking of movement, it was hard taking this photo in my backyard, because every time the wind blew, the card started rocking! You'll notice I stamped the envelope, too - this card fits perfectly in a normal invitation envelope.
I'd also like to point out the sentiment - I can't think of anything scarier than handwriting a sentiment on a card! Jewish sentiments are so hard to find. Glitter pens don't often show well, so I first wrote it with marker, then colored over it with glitter pen. I think that making this card was a great way to start the new year!