Using magazine ads in card making can be useful. Just have to look at the photos in a different way. Forget about what product is being advertised look to see what the photo is saying.
For this ad I thought it would be a good one to use for a Thank You or to let someone know you received their invitation and have made note of it on your calendar – or something similar.
I’ve used a scrap piece of Tempting Turquoise #102067 behind the ad, Old Olive #100702 with the Modern Label Punch #116630, “Thanks” is from the Fundamental Phrases stamp set #114968, and I’ve stamped it on Whisper White #100730, and used the Word Window Punch #105090 to punch out the “Thanks”. Brads are from my stash.
As you can see, any magazine ad can be dressed up and made into a card.
Using a scrap piece of Certainly Celery #105125 for the background and a piece of Kraft #102125 that I’ve previously smeared coffee grounds on for a mat, and some faux stitching around each piece for borders. This is my card front.
The sentiment piece is Chocolate Chip #102128 cut out with the Modern Label Punch #116630 and Whisper White #100730 with the Word Window Punch #105090 topped with a piece from my stash that says Work Hard. The brads are from my stash.
The colors I chose reflect the colors of the ad inside the card.
The inside of the card is the “message”. This photo is about reconstruction of the damaged homes after Katrina and the work that had to be done to restore the home to occupancy.
Using Old Olive #100702 and Chocolate Chip #102128 to mat the story’s photo and make it more noticeable.
Do you know someone that has done renovations and been through the whole demolition process? The work is done and the results are beautiful and comfy? Use a magazine ad or story photo that relates to the trials and tribulations they have encountered during the process.
Using an ad for Viagra that shows a happy couple can be made into an Anniversary card.
I’ve used Old Olive #100702 as the vertical strip and the Baroque Borders Stampin’ Wheel #109675 with Old Olive ink #102277 for a bit of flourish. Scraps of Rose Red #102544 are the horizontal pieces. Chocolate Chip #102128 is used as the photo mat on this card front. From the Fundamental Phrases stamp set #114968 I’ve stamped “Happy” and “Anniversary” on the horizontal strips.
The ad photo is not the total message you are sending. How you have used that ad and the sentiment you wish to express is what the message is. Showing you care and remembering an event in their lives is what counts, the ad photo helps to get the point of the message across.
Do you have someone in your life that is thinking of taking a different career path, or striking out on their own? Someone that is stepping out of their normal life and stepping forward into a different way out of their comfort zone?
Do they need your support and encouragement to keep going on their newly chosen path? Use stickers that have encouraging words and add your own along with them.
I’ve used bold strips of color on the card front. Tempting Turquoise #102067, Real Red #102482, and Old Olive #100702 with the encourage word stickers attached. Below each word personalize them with your own words and hand writing. This kind of a card will not only lend support to the person but let them know you care enough by “speaking” directly to them with your words.
To most people, the thought of jumping off a cliff is scary and something they would not, normally, choose to do.
Making a drastic change in their life and the terrifying and exhilarating feelings are just the same as any cliff jumper has.
Taking that leap of faith is hard to do for anyone. The thoughts of crashing at the bottom and not surviving the life change are upper most in anyone’s mind.
This card can be used as a sort of “I know what you are going through” message.
In the empty space within the card you can tell your friend or loved one about your experiences when you got out of your comfort zone. Plus you can also show them that you survived the “Leap” and are doing well.
A card received with these unexpected images are what personalize your heartfelt messages of love and support. You don’t necessarily need to use the images on the cards, use them as a starter to get your mind working and searching for the items you currently own in the way of rubber stamps or stickers.
Whatever you use to make a card is not the issue. The important thing is that you have cared enough to let someone know you are thinking about them. So what are you waiting for? You don’t need to make a trip to the store, just take a look at what you have in your home.