When Karen Lockhart first told me about "Inchies," I'll have to confess that I didn't quite share her excitement. I was picturing only one tiny image on a 1" square of card stock. (And that is a valid inchie.) But after I made a little 1" mask and started putting it on top of my stamps, even the ones that had images well over 1" tall, I started seeing some interesting shapes to crop out. I thought that I would approach these thematically, so this is my first set, a flower trio. (If you click on any of the images here, you should get a pop-up window of a larger sized image.) The actual size of each of the focal images is slightly above 1", around 1-1/16". I didn't have a 1" square punch, so I chose my closest-to-1" Spellbinders Nestability Classic Square dies to trim these. The black mat (hand-cut) brings it up to right under 1-1/8". Now that level of tolerance for mathematical imprecision wouldn't fly with my husband if he were building something! But it works for me here--it's close enough. (Lockhart stamps used are Zinnias, Ranunculas, and Geraniums.)
I used my Copic markers to color these images--an inordinate number of them too--it was fun! If you are interested in precise colors, let me know. I snapped a photo of each image alongside the markers that I used, and I can get that too you if you need it. When I finished, I considered putting them all on one card; but as much time as I had spent on each little canvas, I decided to let them stand alone. I used my Spellbinders Nestability squares once again to emboss the frame of the Arturo note cards (celadon, buttercream, and lavendar). Nichole Heady has an great tutorial on the embossing process here.
So, what do you think of "inchies?" Leave me a link if you decide to play with them! And don't forget that Ellen's sale started at midnight and goes through December 2. You must use the promo code CELEBRATE in order to get 15% off of your entire purchase. The sale price won't show up until you enter the code.
Have a great day!
Edited to add a newsflash: I just saw some more super-cool inchies! You've got to check these out: Sharon Harnist made a too-die-for Christmas tree book with inchie decorations, and Cindy Lyles made some *perfect* little art canvases! I'm pretty sure that Mish and Trudee have some in store this weekend as well. Thanks for indulging us!