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Aesop's Fables cards with Ciao Bella

This little paper pad

has so much potential. It is all about Aesop's Fables, a series of fables written by Greek slave and storyteller Aesop who lived approximately 600 BCE. These are timeless tales, still circulating in books and interpreted in artistic media. Here they are reinvented by the fabulous artists at Ciao Bella Paper.

I was initially inspired with this paper as a theme to create baby cards, which I did. But this is so much more than children's stories. Initially the fables were addressed to adults and covered religious, social and political themes. Every story has a moral relating to everyday life.

Here are some closeups of the cards.

When I ordered Aesop's Fables, all I could get was 6x6 inch paper packs. I wish I would have ordered sooner to get larger papers and elements. I cut and tore paper with great fun, hoping to preserve as much of each illustration as possible.

  • Cards with the Lion and the Mouse, and the Hen and the Golden Eggs have background paper from 49 and Market; the sweet little children are watercolor stamps from Magnolia Ink,

  • Cards with The Cat and the Mice and City Mouse Country Mouse are backed onto paper from Simple Stories. Little boy stamps are from Art Impressions - colored with water color

  • Cards of Tortoise and the Hare and The Grasshopper and the Ant are also backed onto paper from Simple Stories.

  • Other items used: Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress inks and markers.

Hope you have a great long weekend. The weather is still a bit unsettled, but for now it is sunny and almost warm here in Invermere, British Columbia, Canada. I will be working on more cards with Aesop's Fables, just so you know!

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