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So last night my mom and I were playing around in her craft room—and this is a heck of a craft room, I might add…after shivering away in my bicycle shed, it’s a total luxury to work in a room with actual heat.

One of the techniques I loved from the Mixed Media Circus workshop in Hamburg was using the edge of an old credit card or hotel key card to create texture and pattern. You just dip the edge of the card in acrylic paint, then tap it down onto your paper. I was leafing through a photography book my mom had on her side table when I noticed the photos were kind of “framed” with these distressed edges, giving them a pretty, rustic look. So out came the plastic card, and we experimented with framing card focals. Take a look—

Sara Naumann blog credit card edged card

The stamp is Paperbag Studios. The "frame" around the outside of the stamp is done with the edge of a credit card dipped in acrylic paint (light green and cream), then tapped around the stamped focal. The image was stamped with Marvy's Bottle Green dye ink.

Sara Naumann blog tree credit card image

Same paint, same technique. I love how the corners overlap unevenly, and how the lines don't "stamp" perfectly. Stamp by Stampers Anonymous.

Sara Naumann blog framed quote

I think this technique is perfect for framing stamped quotes and sentiments.

Sara Naumann blog java jacket and credit card

One last technique: "Stamping" with a painted piece of java jacket rescued from a take-away coffee cup, then adding cross-hatching with the edge of the credit card. I think it makes a cool and simple background for a card and could be easily dressed up with ribbon or other embellishments.

More to come later…we finished up our evening with leftover cake and cups of tea!