Tuesday 9 August 2011

The curtain is up ...

I was commissioned to make a card for a 70th birthday for someone who is involved in amateur dramatics and singing.

I found the picture of a production of Giblert & Sullivan's Gondoliers at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter. I added the sentiments in Publisher.

I created the curtain by printing on to flocked paper, so it feels like soft, plush material. I spent a long time this afternoon printed on to a piece of red velvet paper which looked much richer than this, but, unfortunately, when I was in the process of sticking it on to a print out of the G & S picture I tore the velvet paper, so I had to resort to this instead. Having stuck it to an A5 card I cut round the edges of the curtain to make it a bit more realistic.

I'm linking this for:

Quirky crafts 16: let's do the numbers
Birthday sundaes 21: birthday card
Anything goes 47: happy birthday/celebration
Spoon full of sugar 162: happy birthday
Cardmakin mamas 26: birthday cards
Creative CAS August: birthday bonanza
Cute card Thursday 176: no designer paper
Creative stamp friends 31: home-made background
Creative Belli 123: non-paper - the curtain is flocked

Update: took the card to the person who ordered it and she was absolutely thrilled with it.

Indian summer GD slot on Use it Tuesday

Having won challenge 12 last week on Use it Tuesday I was invited to be a Guest Designer for today's challenge: Indian Summer. I feel privileged to join the team for challenge 13 - I very much enjoyed producing this card.

When I thought about Indian Summer I thought of a touch of summer in the autumn, so I went for autumnal colours for the framework of the card with a summer rose in the middle.

Both stamps are Kanban ones that I bought a while ago and hadn't yet used either of them.

I stamped the border one with memento rich cocoa and used distress inks - mustard seed, spiced marmalade and just a touch of fired brick. The rose was then stamped with memento tuxedo black and coloured with a variety of green and yellow copics.

I wonder what Indian Summer makes you think of? Please go over and visit Use it Tuesday and see the lovely crafting of the Design Team - and hopefully join in the challenge.

I have quite a few acrylic blocks, but I found that the border stamp went right to the edges of a large block, so I used a box lid instead - this was so easy to press in to to get a sharp image.

I'm also linking this for:

Come and get it: fall birthday (insert with birthday greeting)
Dream valley 13: distressing
Order of the opus gluei 110: a picture is worth a thousand words - no words
Sundays with Crissy 20: keep it simple stamper
Freshly brewed 30: hot!!! colours
Cute card Thursday 176: no designer paper
Creative stamp friends 31: home-made background
Frosted designs fabulous Friday: colouring (distress inks and copics)
Just some lines: outdoors/summer colours
My craft spot 20: it's hot out there - hot, bright colours
The craft garden August: bold, bright and loud
Cutie Sunday 146: flower power
The paper shelter 25: flowers, flowers, flowers
Paper creator's crafts 4: say it with flowers
AiFactory: August anything goes