I always try to make DH cards special!! He loves music and coffee so I try to incorporate those two themes into them if I can. This year, I started with a sheet of music from a choral book which was water damaged. It was already crinkly so I ripped the page into strips and wove them back together to create my background. I stamped the weaving with a mosaic background stamp which I created using rubber cut offs (when I mounted stamps). I stamped in two different brown colours and then washed over them with water to spread the colour a bit. Very happy with how that worked out.
Next, I decided to use a feather sticker from the above sheet which I bought at DollarTree. The beautifully detailed stickers are made of some sort of soft foamy material and take colour very well. I used markers to colour my feather and added a bit of orange using a Sharpie marker!! I adhered the sticker to a piece of acetate which was printed with "Happy Birthday" and then trimmed around it. The printing was a bit too prominent so I just scraped through the ones that were visible which sort of distressed them and that was much better. Next I stitched the feather element to a coffee themed tissue paper leaving "cafe" showing in several places. I used white thread but once I was finished I thought it would have been better to use darker thread so I just ran a marker over it and that was enough to dye the thread. I simply wiped the spare ink from acetate with a cloth!! I ripped off the extra tissue paper to finish off this element. Once I laid the feather element over the background I realized that I would have to create an over sized card to get all my elements on the card. I created a dark brown card, stamped the outside front edges using cream craft ink and the same handmade mosaic stamp I used on the back ground and then rubbed in a bit of gold mica powder to create an interesting border for my card. I glued my background to my card front. I used a flag ended laser printed greeting over my acetate adhering it with double sided tape. I layered a burnt orange strip which was also flag ended below the feather element and adhered it to the back using double sided tape below the greeting so it would not show. I trimmed all the ends and then adhered this whole element over the woven background using double sided tape behind the feather and the orange strip. I added a brown brad through all the layers to the right of the greeting. Very happy with how this card worked out. Just need to add a gift card and it will be ready to go!!
Monday, April 18, 2016
I created the pieces I used in this background years ago for an ATC activity. The aluminum foil tape was adhered to strips of lightweight cardstock, coloured using alcohol inks and embossed with a script embossing folder!! I cut the strips into pieces and started creating a mosaic by gluing the pieces to a black layer leaving a thin border all the way around. I really like the look of it with the blues and greens all mixed together. I chose this die cut "thanks" greeting which I created a while back and rounded the corners. I was looking for a really nice 3D piece to use as an focal element. I found this dragonfly die cut (SX) in my butterfly collection. Its colours worked so well and it was just the right size to work with the greeting as well. I used double sided tape to glue its body to the embossed background and added two tiny black brads for its eyes. I added the greeting with double sided tape as well and then glued this large element to the front of a blue card. I am really loving the 3D effect of this card. The acetate dragonfly die cut was coloured with transparent acrylic paint which I created for a project a while back. Actually, way back in 2010, for a class I was teaching at the time at a local school!! Time flies!!