Friday 18 February 2011

Commissioned 80th birthday card

I've been asked to make four 80th birthday cards - all of them need to be A4 size because a lot of people will be writing in them. The first one needed to be done today.

I've had some Carol Wilson 12 x 12 embossed papers for two or three years and have never found a use for them, although I love the look and texture of them. So I decided to cut it into 4 and use overlapped corners on the A4 card, trimming where necessary. Of course, this meant that there were joins across the middle in both directions, so I used some DCWV textured card strips to hide the joins and add a bit to the pattern.

The central section is a piece of whitewash core'dinations which was run through my cuttlebug with a crafts-too frame embossing folder and then sanded to reveal the lilac core. The sentiment is fustamps Happy Birthday wish, stamped with versamark and embossed with detail gold powder. This was then matted on lilac and yellow and a few Craftime flowers added, as well as the 80s peel offs.

Unfortunately, the lemon on the Carol Wilson background paper looks paler on here than it is irl - it's not a striking yellow, but definitely more lemony than it looks here (poor light now) When thinking of what colours to use I was inspired by the challenge on Crafty sentiments this week to use 'lemon and lilac', a colour scheme that I don't often think of. And I think it's OK for Annabelle's 'say it in yellow'.

This is also for:

Woodware USA 14
: embossing
Pixie cottage 57: embossing
Mami doodles 20: flower card
Bunny Zoe 9: spring ... flowers everywhere
Creative cottage 33: fabulous florals
One stitch at a time 49: birthday bash - make it pretty
Totally stampalicious: bling or glitter or glitz - glitter on the flowers
Dutch dare 100: sparkle/glitter/bling - glitter on the flowers
Pollycraft 80: special birthdays
For fun: happy birthday
Meljen 46: happy birthday
Cardmaking mamas 15: happy birthday
If the shoe fits 67: happy birthday
Stampin' with the dragon: birthdays
Tellen's place: birthdays
Fun at fairy knoll: birthday
Ooh-la-la 73: for someone special
Res-Q 71: Don't be S.A.D.: something that makes you happy - flowers and celebrating a special birthday
Pixie dust studio: don't be square
Allsorts 90: it's all about the sentiment
Digistamps4joy 13: going sentimental
Whoopsi Daisy: free and easy
Paper crafting journey 4: anything goes
Shelly's terrifically thrilling Thursday: show us what you got
Creative inspirations 99: plain and simple - maximum of 2 papers, maximum of 4 flowers

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