Sunday, September 17, 2006

Grateful OSW cards

This is how I spent my Saturday -- or at least a part of it. I went to the bank and grocery store in the morning...came home, started a pot of stew, then threw in some laundry before the Badger football game started (Badgers are now 3-0, yay!). Yes, all of these were made while watching football, doing laundry and cooking. I know -- I'm sooo multi-talented.

I wanted to add to my stash of Thanksgiving cards to be sent to troops overseas, and the OSW technique is great for mass-producing cards that are similar but not quite the same. This is a variation of the "one sheet wonder" technique. Traditionally, one would take a white or vanilla piece of 8-1/2 x 11 or 12 x 12 cardstock and, using a variety of stamps, create your own patterned paper, which would then be cut into different lengths or shapes to use in a number of different cards. You can see samples of such in my previous posts here and here.

For today's cards I decided to use a sheet of fall patterned paper instead of using fall stamps, which I haven't much of anyway. I have heaps of patterned paper and no matter how much I use in scrapbooks and cards, the mountain never seems to dwindle. I chose a sheet of yellow and orange leaves, which I admit to not liking very much, part of a bulk pattern pack from Current, Inc received years ago, and set to work, using up scraps of orange and green cardstock as well. All cards measure 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches unless otherwise noted and fit an "invitation" size envelope.

Cardstock: SonBurn and Stampin' Up. Patterned paper from Current Inc and Creative Memories.

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black from Stampin' Up.

Stamps: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Small Script, Petite Patterns, Lovely as a Tree, All Year Cheer III, Fall For All, and Fall Whimsey by Stampin' Up; Square "Thinking of You" by Endless Creations Inc; long "Thinking of You by Savvy Stamps.

Stickers: Sandy Lion; Me & My Big Ideas.

Other: Brads; paper ribbon; diecuts from Creative Memories; deckle scissors from Fiskars.

This card is a bit smaller than the traditional sized card, measuring 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, and fits a standard size envelope. It opens by lifting it to the left.

Another smaller one, measuring 3-1/2 x 5-1/5 and technically not a OSW, since it uses none of that leaf pattern paper. It does, however, use castoff bits from other cards -- those four deckled squares were cut from the edges of this card and the first one posted.

Not a bad way to spend a cold, blustery afternoon watching football, no? Who knows what I might accomplish during tomorrow's today's Packer game!


Martine said...

Your cards are beautiful! I'm sure they'll bring cheer to their recipients.

Heather said...

Thanks Martine, and thank you for stopping by!