Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Set in Stone

A friend asked if I would make a wedding card as her husband's to be the best man and she wanted something special.  It's for a group so I had to make it at least A5 sized.  I don't know about anyone else but I get really intimidated by all that space.  Patterned papers aren't really an option as most of mine are 6x6 and there aren't background stamps that big either so I decided on an alcohol inked background using a couple of my favourite colours - sandal, willow, salmon, shell pink and of course gold.  I love these backgrounds, they remind me of polished stone.

I knew I wanted the couple's initials to take centre stage, so I die cut an S, a J and an ampersand using the Sizzix Serif Essentials.  I triple embossed them with pink and gold embossing powders.  Now these letters are quite large and my style can be minimalist but this card just looked empty.  Ironically though, when I searched for a suitable sentiment I ended up having to settle on this tiny sentiment from the WMS Celtic Heritage set.  I layered it with a few Spellbinders Labels die cuts so there was a little more substance to it.  The bottom layer was stamped with the WMS Mini Pinstripe Background and embossed with pink EP.

I knew I needed something for the top right corner and hearts seemed the obvious choice.  I cut one from a stamped (mini pinstripe again) and pink embossed piece of ivory pearl card and another from gold.  These were cut with a very old Ellison Thick Cuts die.  I made a partial cut of one of the hearts so they butted up against each other - I think they look like a bride and groom. !!!

 and on the inside this beautiful die cut heart from the WMS My Heart Die set - triple embossed with pink EP and then double coated with UTEE.  I love how the pink separates after being heated that many times and gives that marble look.

The date was computer generated as I haven't found a date stamp set I'm happy with yet !!!  Pity really as I would have loved to stamp and emboss it in gold.

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Bunting Postcard

A Get Well Card for someone special who's having a tough time at the moment.
Featuring WMS Vintage Postcard, Spellbinders Banners, Marianne D Vintage Bicycle and Clearly Besotted Dragonfly.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Here Comes Santa Claus

I've used the WMS 'Twas the Night Before Christmas set to create this card - my first Christmas Card for 2015.  Claire has posted instructions for window construction on the Waltzing Mouse site.  I embossed the window with WOW! Earthtone Pepper on White cardboard and distressed with Gathered Twigs and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  I applied Glossy Accents to the Windows so they had that old-fashioned bullion effect and the hearts on the shutters - 'cos all red hearts should have glossy accents don't you think!!!

I tried framing the poem a few different ways and in the end used this beautiful border die from the WMS Brogues die set.

I'm entering this card in the current Holly Jolly Challenge which has the theme of Here Comes Santa Claus this fortnight.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Anchors Aweigh

When I saw this brilliant sketch from Freshly Made Sketches I knew I wanted to use it in a nautically themed card for my MIL.  Married to a naval commander for over 50 years, the sea is very much a part of her life.  Even now she refuses to fly and will only travel by ship.  I chose this sentiment from the WMS Safe Harbour Sentiments and my husband wanted the anchor image from WMS Ocean Bound included.  Rather than another pennant, I replaced it with two knotted strands of red and white baker's twine.  The stripes on the top were cut with the Papertrey Ink Chevron Stripes Border die.

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