I loved making this card so much!
And I really like following card sketches. I’m already so overwhelmed by the paper options and stamps and embellishments; then still to fiddle with a layout eeeeep! But these sketches make it SO much easier.
I got a request for a masculine card (I like Guy Card more tho); the young man is moving out of Mom’s house, and she wanted to write him letter of love and wisdom – just needed a card to put it into.
I was a but flustered because I have girly frilly shabby chic papers and haven’t made a specifically guy card yet. Soppy Valentine’s to my hubby doesn’t count.
Imagine my relief when I saw this week’s Mojo Monday sketch!
I could definitely make this a masculine card. Scalloped strip and all.
I used Kraft card for the base. The papers are from Bo Bunny Prairie Chic 6×6 Paper pad. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Sentiment sampler.
What better way to practice colouring with Spectrum Noir and OTT card-making than with cutesy cards for little friends. I decided to follow the prompt on Mojo Monday #340 for one of Lili’s friends’ birthday cards.
I used the Cupcake Anya digifile from The Greeting Farm. Simply LOVED how the hair came out. Think it’s cause I limited myself to only using 3 colours instead my usual 5.
I embossed the lilac panel with a small polkadot folder from Cricut that will sit diagonally to add some texture.
I couldn’t figure out how to use glitter with embossing powder – in hindsight I should have probably just googled how to, but I played around a bit: mixed 1 part clear embossing powder, 2 parts black embossing powder and 3 parts glitter. Experimenting with which ink to use – Versafine Onyx Black worked best. I used that concoction to heat emboss her name stamped with Alphadot stamp set by Paper Smooches.
And since I was feeling all experimenty it felt appropriate to try machine stitching the background papers. I forget the name of the paperset – It isn’t all gummed in a neat booklet. It was all bound in a plastic wrapper – which I threw away. The papers have this Fairy Tale theme going. Very cute.
Of course when I finally assembled the card, most of the stitching got covered up. Just about 1 cm is showing, but it’s totally worth it. Also added a rose brad and lots n lots of sequins.
For me, photographing cards is particularly tricky. Since I have a day job, and winter is approaching here in the Southern Hemisphere, my daylight window is very narrow. Below is a “behind the scenes” shot of the setup. It kinda worked!
I absolutely adore this card! The prompt really helped to keep me focused on the general design. Will definitely refer to previous sketches for inspiration.
Linking up to: Mojo Monday #340
It’s School holidays… or at least it was. School starts again tomorrow. Lili is still visiting on the farm; she’s only returning around Tuesday’ish.
Point is, this has left my evenings relatively monkey free – Roo hits the sack early and stays down till midnight. So I had a few spare hours to actually fit in some decent craft time. Albeit Netflix being a constant companion too – I have 3 seasons of Grey’s to catch up on. Still don’t know why I stopped watching in the first place!
Remember a previous post about my stamp haul of Paper Smooches stamps? I checked out their SPARKS Challenges blog. They have a weekly challenge! So this post is especially for that – since the theme is: Anything Goes, as long as you use at least 1 of their products in the project.
The cup stamp, saucer/plate, teabag-tag and sentiment are all from their Cyber Cafe stamp set. The brown front is regular brown paper from a roll, ironed flat. The blue chevron background and all the other papers used are from echo park’s Everyday eclectic 6×6 paper pad. The card base I have no clue. In the shop I thought it was regular white… later at home I saw it was all shiny and wedding invite looking. They were laying in a stack in a cubby-hole display.
I love how it turned out! (in Afrikaans we have a saying that directly translates to: The fox praises his own tail) It looks completely different to any I’ve made so far…like… EVER. Hope you like it too.
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