Is it a bit odd that when I started thinking about making holiday cards with the stamps and stencils Michelle Ward designed exclusively for The Ink Pad, I immediately thought that the Manhole Hex Stamps would make awesome tree ornaments? Well, maybe it is odd, but I stand by that decision!
I love traditional holiday colors, but sometimes it's fun to branch out, so I used a waterbrush with Ranger Distress Inks to make some soft backgrounds in Fossilized Amber, Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet. Then I stamped two of the images from the Manhole Hex stamp set and three from the Mini Manhole set in Thistle, Tea Rose and Vibrant Fuchsia Archival Inks. I used various nested circle dies, so that my ornaments are all slightly different sizes. I added hanger tops made with an older set of Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies, but little rectangles of Idea-Ology Metallic Cardstock would work equally well.
To build my card, I affixed the ornaments with foam tape to a grungy stamped tag featuring Michelle's Map and Places in NY stamps, and layered it onto a gelprint in similar colors featuring the Hex Pattern Stencil. I threaded some gold embroidery floss through the hangers, which I taped to the back of the card; then finally I used my vintage typewriter to make the perfect sentiment.
It really is Christmas time in the city, and The Ink Pad has lots of terrific gifts for the artist in your life! Stop by the Greenwhich Village store, or visit The Ink Pad Online!
loves the holidays in NYC.