Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cameo Castle and Chomas Inked Envelope

I am still learning the ins and outs of my Cameo machine. This is a birthday card for a four year old girl who is very much in the fairy tale stage. The card front features Waltzingmouse Stamps coloured with Copic markers.

Card measure 4.25 X 5 inches.
Here is the pop-up inside, made with a cut file from the Silhouette Online store:
Look at that cut out greeting! I would never have the patience to do that with an Exacto knife. Because the castle doors open (the windows do, too) I wanted there to be a little surprise when Mikaela opens the doors, so I placed a butterfly gem inside:

I am entering this card in the Seize the Birthday challenge.

The really FUN aspect of this card for me was the envelope. I have abysmal penmanship from many years as a newspaper reporter when I would scribble notes in a notebook on my knee, so the addressing of a birthday card envelope has always been disappointing for me. Not any more! I used my new Chomas Creations pen holder in place of the cutting blade on my Cameo and used a Chomas pink glitter pen to address this:

Font: Arizonia
This was my first item made with the pen adapter and it was easy. I am looking forward to trying sketch files next!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Acanthus and Poppy

I am so happy to be able to play along in the latest Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge - which is a colour scheme per below:

I recently purchased a couple of gorgeous Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing folders: Acanthus and Poppy. I used Acanthus for this card, creating a background by pouncing Ranger Perfect Medium ink overtop and chalking. I used three blues and a grey to chalk, but it all seems to blend into one!
I used Versafine Deep Lagoon ink to stamp the Victorian Fripperie border and monogrammed medallion and heat embossed in clear.
I applied Swarovski heat-set flat backed crystals to the elements. I was lazy and used Ranger Glossy Accents glue to affix them instead of getting out the hot wand. I actually have more faith in the Glossy Accents' holding power. I tried to catch the sparkle of these gunmetal blue gems but my iPhone just isn't up to the task.

The Poppy folder seemed to call for a more exuberant colour palette. 
I used various Distress Inks to colour the background for this Birthday Card, which I am entering in the Seize the Birthday challenge. You should check it out - lots of great birthday card ideas over there.
Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back soon with more cards.