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2005 features a stamp that I had custom-made by The Stampin Place. I did try to carve my own stamp at first, but wasn't happy with the result. Rather than try again, I began to explore other options. I explored a lot, but couldn't find "the one". Having a rubber stamp custom made came at a steep price for the size I needed, but when it comes to the Christmas cards, we do what we must!
SAR provided the stamps to create the pop-up dove. This company's website banner poses the question--or is it a challenge?--"What can you do with a piece of paper?" Browse the site, and you will be amazed at the possibilities inherent in a humble piece of paper. To make the dove shown above, I purchased this rubber stamp set which includes stamps to make either a butterfly, dragonfly, or dove.
Constructed from four separate pieces, the dove model was easy to put together using SAR's excellent written instructions (included with the stamp kit). By year's end, I had become an expert on this particular model, LOL.
2006's effort became not only a card, but an announcement, too. Another baby was due! I hid the message underneath a flap that I cut around the top package. This photo doesn't show it, but on the cards that were sent out I cut a semi-circle notch on the left side of the flap, and scored the opposite side so recipients would have some idea there was more to discover.
An accordian-type base was also required to make the tree mechanism work in the context I envisioned. Fortunately, instructions and a template are available on the SAR site. (Look under "Cool Projects" on their site.)
Stamps Used: Art Impressions (delivery penguins, tree-topping penguins)
See you Thursday for the next installment...