Mold Rubber Stamping Club has been running for ten years so we had a small party! We had cake with our coffee and our homework from last month was to make birthday cards to be kept in the book which Gloria is using for our keepsakes.
For my card, I stamped the number 10 with a Versamark ink and embossed with clear powder for the basic background of the card – it was a plain white, shiny card. Over that I sponged several colours of dye ink and then rubbed it away from the embossed numbers.
I had planned on a simple verse in the centre using the letters TEN wherever I could but I guess I got a little carried away. I actually used 51 words containing those three letters so the simple verse ended up as a whole page of prose which doesn’t always make sense but does rhyme (mostly!).
So, because I now had a full A4 of ‘sentiment’ I decided I wouldn’t do a folded card but instead make it more of a ‘spread’. As it is going to be in a folder anyway this does actually work better, both sides can be seen and the poem read easily.
The other side of the card – that which would normally be the back – then needed decorating so I layered up some scrapbook papers and stamped a ginkgo leaf design down one side and a lovely saying (by Picasso) about Art on the other. I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the card and then tied a bow with the same stuff – anyone who knows me well will confirm that I don’t ‘do‘ ribbon and bows but I am trying to use it more (‘cos I can’t resist buying it!!!).
I then cut out a few leaves with my Wizard and a Sizzix die from some green card which I highlighted with some dimensional paint. I also cut a leaf from the ribbon which I stuck on top of one of the card versions just….. well, ‘cos I tried it and it worked.
The main focal image is a lovely ART stamp from MaVinci Reliquary Rubber Stamps. I stamped this with a Versafine pad and then highlighted the smaller letters with some tiny beads. It’s layered on silver sparkly card* then a couple of the same scrapbook papers I used on the other side. The ‘pearls’ are stuck on, not brads, but the dragonflies are brads and are helping to anchor the layered topper in place.
* this should have been gold card really, I guess but…..I had originally stamped the ART on the silver and it didn’t show enough so, rather than waste the piece of card (!!) I used it for a layer – crafters do not waste! Also, I’d already layered it all up before I decided on using the ribbon so the gold appeared after I’d done it – will I ever learn to plan properly?