Hope everyone is having a good weekend and thawing out from our serious snows! I was kind of sad to see all the snow melt away. Everything was so beautiful in that blanket of white!
Today, I'd like to share with you a card project made for a very special lady! Her mother actually ordered the card; but, bless her heart, the mother gave me the freedom to create anything I wanted. I love it when I can let go the reins and just create!
I started with a half-fold card base (5 1/2 x 8). I used DCWV cardstock and cut it down to size. Most of the vintage floral is covered, but it still made for a beautiful background. I then cut the outside edge with a Fiskars border punch. I distressed all the edges and sponged them with SU Old Olive ink.
I knew I wanted to do a floral bouquet on this card, but I wasn't sure how I wanted to display it. I decided to go with a nosegay look, so I gathered some lace trim and attached it to the card with Quick Dry Tacky Glue. I also chose to use roses as the flower. These were cut with the Cricut "Walk In My Garden" cartridge. I used the blackout feature to cut the base of the rose head in a soft pink cardstock. I cut the top of the rose in a darker shade of pink. This is where I started playing until I was happy with the look! I went ahead and put the rose together with foam dimensionals. Then, I sponged on SU Pink Passion ink. Not happy with that result, I went over them again with Warm Violet Brilliance ink. They still looked too "new" for the vintage style I wanted, so I went over them again with SU Really Rust. And, yes, the paper held up well through all that!! I decided I wanted some shimmer on them, so, I added some Kaleidoscope embossing powder by dabbing them with some Boss Gloss embossing ink. I had to be careful with the heat tool so as not to melt the dimensionals. I got a little shimmer, but I just wasn't happy with the look yet. As a final step on these "dried" roses, I decided to emboss once more with clear powder. Voila! I finally liked the vintage look that came through! I am sure there are many ways I could have achieved this "color" but I had fun with this! I attached the roses in a bouquet pattern with dimensionals. For the stems, I doubled floral wire and covered them in green satin ribbon. These were attached under the roses with the tacky glue. I made a simple multi-loop bow with seafoam green satin ribbon and attached it with glue dots. I used a pearl head corsage pin with a heart cross charm to also anchor the bow. As an extra removable accent, I stuck in a beaded hat pin. Whew! I was finally happy with the finished bouquet! I know, I know...a little anal wasn't I?
For the sentiment layer, I stamped the greeting with Versamark and heat embossed it with gold powder. I used a Spellbinders Label 9 die to cut the panel. The "daughter" is a gold sticker. I sponged the edges with the Old Olive and attached the layer with dimensionals.
The inside of the card was very simple. I let the pattern of the paper do the "work" inside and added a computer generated "Daughter" greeting.
Now, with all those layers and the overall dimension of the card, I had to come up with a "cover" for it. I had no envelope that would hold the thickness, so I made a box for it. I used coordinating cardstock and the card as a template. I cut the top of the box the same way only 1/8 inch bigger to cover the base. I tied a green satin bow around the box and it looked so pretty. Sorry, but it was delivered before I could get a picture of the box.
This was a total labor of love for a very special friend! Thankfully, she loved it! She even loved the box!! And that's why I love what I do! To know someone appreciates your work is so rewarding! Don't you think so?
I hope all of you who were interested survived the Super Bowl! I'm off to play some more with paste and paper!
Thank you so very much for stopping by today! The gift of your time and your comments are greatly appreciated! Hope you will come again! I leave you now with...
Blessings to you,