Quirky Birthday Card
‘Ello Poppet by Godiva’s Dream
Before fully jumping onto Christmas projects, you sometimes have to create an unexpected birthday card and a quirky one at that! No complaints from me, I loved every bit of the creative process as I got to play with some of my favourite colours!
As usual for me, the creation of the card started by picking out the stamp, which meant that I had to match the papers to what I believed reflected the stamp’s character the best. I’ve considered various options and eventually settled on some rich jewel-tones. I felt that not only did they complement the stamp, the recipient liked darker colours too. I had just the perfect paper pad for this project - Echo Park “Times and Seasons”. At first glance, it’s quite a cold, masculine collection, but with certain accents it certainly doesn’t have to be so.
I chose four complementing patterns from the collection and arranged them in such way that each would be displayed to its full potential. Once I was happy with the layout I had in mind, I cut the papers to size needed and matted them on cool red American Crafts cardstock.
In order to add a more feminine and sophisticated touch to the card, I adhered some ivory lace and some soft burgundy grosgrain ribbon.
Stamping and Colouring
The super fun and quirky stamp I chose for this project is called “Polly” by Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. I enjoy being able to lay the colours freely without being restricted by black stamp lines, so, once again, I opted for the no-lines technique. I stamped the image using Memento “Desert Sand” ink and coloured it using Promarker, Brushmarker and Copic alcohol based markers.
Once coloured, I fussy cut Polly, leaving a fine white outline around her. This helps the image stand out against the background better.
The papers I chose for the card layout have quite prominent patterns, so I wanted to avoid creating a background that could possibly clash with them. I decided to go for quite a simple, but classy option of vintage sepia tones. I die cut a stitched edge circle and leaving the cardstock in the die, blended the Distress Inks in “Frayed Burlap”, “Brushed Courduroy” and “Walnut Stain”. I started with the lightest colour (“Frayed Burlap”) and added the darker shades as I was moving outwards from the centre. I then sprinkled the inked area with water to create speckles of various size for extra interest. Once the background was dry, I used “Platinum” Stickles glitter glue around the edge to add some sparkle.
Showcasing the Image
In the previous step, I added some “Platinum” glitter to the background layer, so to match it, I used a pale gold doily. It beautifully complements the colour scheme and the feel of the card as well as adds an extra feminine touch without being too girly.
Next, I cut out a rectangle frame (Joy! Crafts 6002/0146) out of the same red American Crafts cardstock I used to matt the patterned papers. Leaving the die cut in the die, I stencilled through it using Distress Ink in “Fired Brick” to pick up those embossed elements. I then glued the frame to the golden doily and adhered the inked background circle using 3D foam for dimension. Finally, I used the same foam to add the coloured image to the centre of the circle and adhere the whole focal piece to the card.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
To give this card an extra touch of luxury, I used floral accents. I chose a variety of mulberry flowers in differing sizes and shades complementing the colour scheme of my project. To make the floral arrangement look well rounded, I also added a golden berry, some golden and red stamens, and some green cardstock leaves (Spellbinders “Create a Rose” (S2-067) and “Create a Daisy” (S2-062)).
As I used the beautiful burgundy ribbon with green stitched detailing already, I just couldn’t omit adding a bow for extra oomph. I created a triple looped bow and decorated its centre with a Victorian looking button by Dress It Up.
Finally, to complete my card, I added a few shimmery turquoise enamel dots. They pick up the colour from the striped patterned paper and give the card a fresh accent not only due to their shade, but also because they look like dew drops.
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