Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Bit of Glamour

I was asked to make this card for a friend's mom. She loves monochrome cards and wanted a glamourous art deco style lady.

The card itself is A5 in size and is made from 300gsm white card.
The background cardstock and the invertage image are from a Kanban kit which I bought from QVC a while ago. This particular image is called 'Ruby' and I think she is the epitome of glamour.
After cutting the patterned base mat, I outlined the edges with a silver Zig marker to give it a bit more definition.
The sentiment die-cut is also Kanban and was part of a bumper pack from QVC. The feather and the gem strips were from QVC too. There seems to be a bit of a theme going on here ;)
I stuck the feather down first using some strong ds tape, then stuck the sentiment on top with silicone glue so that it would seep through the feather.
The topper has been stuck on with 3D foam to maintain even levels for the invertage layers. I added a few tiny gems as an earring and as an accent on the sentiment.
The strip of gems down the side of the card is a little extravagant but justified for a special person :)

Do you know anyone special enough to use so many gems? lol x

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Patriotic Birthday

It was my eldest niece's birthday this week and as she adores her mini car with the union flag roof, I chose to make a card using the flag and got a little carried away. I have collected so many flag related goodies over the last few months that I found it really hard to choose ;)

I made the easel card base using two sheets of Kanban British flag card which I die cut using an xcut rectangle parenthesis die.
The mini car image is from a  Penny Black wooden stamp and was stamped onto a Kanban die cut mat  using black versafine ink and heat embossed with Papermania clear powder. The image has been coloured with Promarker pens.
The button, ribbon and bow are all Papermania embellishments from the Portobello Road Collection which was first released in March this year.
For the sentiment, I used a message topper which was actually free with a craft magazine, but I felt it went really well with the rest of the card.

Hope you like it :)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Daddy Bear

I'd like to share with you the cards that my boys sent to their Dad on his birthday. They did of course choose the toppers and decoupage that they liked and I just had the little job of actually making the cards. Both cards are 6" square so no favouritism ;)

Wellington fishing is a decoupage image from the ultimate die-cut pack. The paper and sentiment tags are too. I inked around the papers and toppers with brown archival dye ink and then distressed around the scallop card edges using a bundled sage Tim Holtz distress ink pad to soften the white card. I also wrapped some olive green organza ribbon around the paper mat, tieing it with a simple knot.

The Forever Friends card is made using a folded sheet of 12x12 Kraft paper. The paper mat, topper and sentiments were all from the FF Retro collection. I backed everything onto navy card to offset the layers on this one. The tape measure across the centre of the card is cut from a 6x6 K&Co paper pack 'Lifes Journey Rulers'. I rolled the edges of both ends to make a small coil. Finally I added two small blue gems from the Papermania midnight fairy pack.

I love how both boys chose a cute image for their Dad's cards. Years ago they would have gone for something 'techy' and 'grown up'. Perhaps a sign that they have grown up too :)