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Sat 08

Not Just an Old Lamp Post
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Hope your first week of the new year is off to a good start.  Mine pretty much picked up where 2021 left off, so I’m hoping for a better year! 🤗  Anyway, it may be a new year, but I’m still playing with products from the Holiday collection last year.  I didn’t get a chance to use the Old Lamp Post die yet, so I stretched it into a birdhouse for a love/Valentine’s card.

Started by die cutting the lamp post, heart frame, branch and birds from Bristol paper.  The heart frame was die cut twice and stacked for dimension.  This also resulted in two cutouts of the inside heart.  Took one of them and blended gray and black dye inks on it… it will be inlaid later on.  Next, traced the lower portion of lamp post onto white woodgrain paper and fussy cut out, forming the background layer.   Used a finger blending brush to apply Picked Raspberry distress ink (DI) to it and the birds.


Since there was leftover white woodgrain paper, the letters were die cut from it and then ombré colored with Picked Raspberry DI as well.  Adhered and assembled the pieces onto a gray panel then mounted it onto a white card base.  Dotted in the birds’ eyes with a fine black pen to finish.


So as I was completing my card, I saw something else I could stretch this lamp post to.  😉


It makes an adorable coffee cup, don’t you think?  I decided to make a masculine birthday card this time.  As you can see, the top of the lamp post was cut off.  The other heart cutout from the first card was colored with Candied Apple and Black Soot DI.


The cup sleeve was embossed with the Ringadings 3D embossing folder, then a light brushing of Black Soot DI was applied to help the pattern show.  A punny sentiment finished it off!


And that is it from me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.





Such clever ideas for stretching the use of this die! Thanks for sharing!

Wow! What a clever way to stretch this die! Two fantastic makes!

So clever, love the way you used the lamp die ♥

These are great, cleverly done!

Creative cards, both of them and thank you for the amazing inspiration x.

A great way to stretch the use of a die. Very creative and both cards are pretty.

What a phenomenal eye for design you have, Trina, even when you aren't feeling well! I'm in awe!! Cheers to a better year ahead, my friend! Hugs, Darnell

Oh my gosh ... this is so clever, Trina! LOVE the way you were able to stretch the lamppost die. Great cards!

What a fabulous duo using the lamp post in such clever ways, Trina - you're amazing!!

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