Viking Birthday Card
Little Warriors by Godiva’s Dream
Most of the time, when I sit down to make cards, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to achieve. This was not one of those times. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see what happens, right? That’s my excuse anyway.
When I picked up the stamps, I immediately pictured a card with lots of brown tones. Vikings = leather and fur = brown, correct? Turns out, not quite. I settled on a blue and gold colour scheme in the end, which I actually really like, but don’t use all too often. I’m also quite excited to say, that this card was made using patterned paper off cuts, I only cut into one fresh sheet!
The paper collections used include My Mind’s Eye “Oliver” and “Unforgettable” as well as Graphic 45 “World Fair” (patterns & solids pad). Normally, it is quite difficult to match the colour hues and/or pattern styles from varying pads well, but everything worked out perfectly this time!
As I was working with off cuts, coming up with a good-looking layout was a bit of a challenge.The good kind of challenge though, the type that makes you think outside the box. I quite enjoyed the process.
Once I settled on the placement of papers, I trimmed them to size needed and matted them on my favourite textured American Crafts cardstock in dusty blue. It matched the patterned papers well and made them pop due to the differing tone of blue.
I added some beautiful shimmery gold ribbon to the horizontal strip of paper for extra texture and luxury (and because I really like using ribbon!).
Stamping and Colouring
The images I chose for this project came from the stamp set “Viking Kids” by C. C. Designs. Normally, these are not the type of stamps I go for due to their relatively small size. I believe that small images look best on CaS (clean and simple) style cards, which mine aren’t. Nevertheless, I loved how super cute these kiddos were and couldn’t resist adding these stamps to my craft stash. Figuring out how to effectively use these small-ish images on the type of cards I make was yet another challenge I encountered, but I was determined to make it work.
I stamped the vikings in Memento “Tuxedo Black” ink and coloured them using Promarkers, Brushmarkers and Copics in shades complementing the colour scheme of the project. I then fussy cut the images leaving a narrow white outline around them (this ensures that the stamps will stand out nicely against the background they’re placed).
I cut a stitched circle out of hot press watercolour paper and left it in the die to be inked.
A plain coloured background was just not going to work for this card as the images would appear floating in the middle of nowhere. Instead, I opted for a nice sky and meadow scene.
I created some clouds using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in “Tumbled Glass” and a scalloped circle die cut. I inked the rest of the circle using Distress Ink in “Shabby Shutters” and “Crushed Olive”, and then drew some grass stalks with a paintbrush in “Peeled Paint. I also used a YG25 Copic here and there.
Once I was happy with how my scene looked, I removed the paper from the die. Leaving the circle in the die while inking works as a mask and leaves a nice crisp white border.
Showcasing the Image
I really like using intricate design frames on my cards, but I felt that this project shouldn’t be over the top due to its playful viking theme, so I chose Spellbinders “Lacey Circles” (S4-293). I die cut the circle out of slightly darker blue textured American Crafts cardstock than I used previously.
I glued the inked meadow background to the blue Lacey Circle and then, using dimensional foam, adhered that circle to a pale golden doily. It complements the golden ribbon I used earlier, adds extra interest to the project, and also creates contrast.
My next step was to attach the viking kid stamps to the grassy background - I did so using 3D foam. Once I was happy with their placement, I adhered the whole focal piece to the card.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
I find that embellishing is one of the most fun parts of card making as your projects really start to come together. To adorn this viking card, I die cut some stitched stars out of the same blue cardstock I used for matting; they contrast with yellow and lighter blue shades really nicely.
I also die cut two stitched pennants - one from the same blue cardstock as the stars and the other - from shimmery gold cardstock by Craft Sensations. I really like the look of flag banners, and felt that they fit in with the theme of the card really well.
As quite customary for me, if there was some ribbon used earlier (and there certainly was!), it is very likely that a bow will eventually follow. I tied a well-loved double-looped bow and secured it to the card. I also adhered a beige and gold “Dress It Up” button in its centre for extra interest.
For the very final touch, I added a few matt gold pearl flatbacks and the card was completed.
Have you ever made a viking themed card? What colour scheme and stamps did you use for your project?
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