Medieval Easel Anniversary Card
Ye Olde Love Story by Godiva's Dream
Medieval things! I love them! I just had to make a project inspired by these times and it didn’t take me long to find the perfect stamps and materials to do it.
I find that to me, the colour scheme of the project is normally dictated by the stamp. I don’t think I can possibly describe the feeling in words, but once I pick a stamp, I usually know which colours I’m going to chose and then I look for the papers to match my vision. This time, however, it was quite the opposite - the paper pad was the deciding factor. I knew that with these stamps, I wanted to use Graphic 45 “Midnight Masquerade” because of its incredible decorative patterns, which reminded me of medieval fabrics.
Instead of making a traditional card, I opted for an easel, because using two stamps on a 6x6 (15.2x15.2cm) card would have left practically no space for embellishments, and what fun would that be?
Before layering the patterned papers, I double matted them on textured purple American Crafts cardstock and pearlescent gold cardstock. I rarely double mat as my cards usually have quite a few layers and that can make everything quite bulky, but this time I thought that the gold added extra opulence.
Stamping and Colouring
The two stars of this project have to be the stamps, just look at those brilliant characters, sweet and quirky at the same time. They are Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps “Queen Guinevere” and “Sir Galahad” by the artist Annie Rodrigue.
As usual, I coloured the stamps using Promarker and Brushmarker markers and fussy cut them. I added some sparkle to Guinevere’s veil with “Star Dust” Stickles and adhered some miniature purple gems to her crown as well as Galahad’s sword handle for that extra special touch and dimension.
I also die cut a banner (Joy! Crafts 6002/0386), stamped the “You’re My Knight in Shining Armor” sentiment on it and distressed it using Ranger “Distress Ink” by Tim Holtz in “Brushed Corduroy”.
I created the colourful backgrounds using Ranger “Distress Inks” by Tim Holtz in the following colours: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord. I blended the colours on the watercolour paper and generously spritzed the inked area with water. I then tilted the paper till the colours started to run. Once I was happy with the effects achieved, I dried the paper with the heat tool and then sprinkled some water with my finger tips to get larger water droplets to do their magic.
Showcasing the Images
I cut two intricate filigree frames (Joy! Crafts 6002/0258) out of the same cardstock I used for matting and placed them on the inked backgrounds to be traced around the inside. I then cut the ovals slightly larger than my outline and glued them to the back of the frame. I used foam pads to adhere the stamps in the middle of the frames as well as the frames to the card.
I also added the distressed banner with the sentiment underneath the frames with character stamps.
I double matted the purple patterned paper, added some intricate guipure lace, some shimmery golden ribbon, and adhered the panel to the base using 3D foam (the slightly raised panel holds the easel part of the card in place). To make it even more decorative, I chose high quality mulberry flowers in various sizes and coordinating shades to the papers. I also used some golden stamens and die cut some leaves (Spellbinders S2-067 and S2-062).
Do you ever make projects inspired by historical periods? Which era is your favourite? Do you create a lot of easel cards? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you and thank you for reading.