Monday, 20 February 2012
I had to make a birthday card for one of our French friends and wasn't sure what direction to go in. He is not very well and is confined to bed so a sporty card would probably be a bit insensitive. One of his great loves is good wine, but I'm not sure if he's allowed to drink so again a wine themed card could be insensitive.
He has always been very patriotic so in the end I decided to use the Just Rite Cling stamps that I got from Creative Expressions a few months ago. I chose a cream/brown/turquoise colour palette. I didn't want the card to look too feminine so I chose to make brown flowers using scraps of brown parcel wrapping paper. The flower centres are brads. I also had some scraps of DP left over from my first hidden message card and some scraps of vellum to use up so these were incorporated into the card too.
I distressed the edges of the elements in my card using frayed burlap distress ink....unfortunately my blending foam is still giving a green tinge so please ignore this, it is supposed to be brown. The dies I used for the flowers, leaves and the main focal point of the card were all Spellbinder dies.
I dyed the seam binding using brusho ink which turned out to be a very close colour match to the combination of tumbled glass and broken china that I had used to colour the main focal point of the card. The words, postcard, stamp, Fleur de Lys border, Eiffel Tower were all stamped using Coffee Archival ink. The post mark was stamped using Black Ancient Page.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges....
"Fashionable Stamping - Monochromatic plus one other colour"
"Creations by Gill M - Colour challenge"
"Card Crafters Circle - Use Die Cuts"
"Daring Card Makers - Postage Mail"
"Fabulous Friday - Brads or Eyelets"
"Stamping for the weekend - Photo inspiration"
"Totally Paper Crafts - ribbons and or bows"
"Delightful Challenges - Use your scraps"
"Do you stack up - Layers"
"Southern Girls - so distressed"