This card is based on an idea by Sheila Weaver which you can find on Joanna Sheen’s website. Sheila uses a lot of CD printables where I have used rubber stamping. The template is very cute and quite easy. I always make one out of cheap cardstock first – and keep that to work from in the future – rather than mess up a sheet of proper card :).
I used a pearlescent cream heavy card and my Scor-Pal to make all the fold lines. The main image of the ducks (BTW, this is for a guy so I was trying to keep it masculine) is from Crafty Individuals and I used a Versamark pad and detail gold embossing powder. It was cut out with a Nestability (one of the labels!) and then I used the same die to draw around the outside and then cut that out with scissors. This is because there wasn’t room on the front part of the card to get the next size up of Nestie on there so I made my own smaller border this way. I rubbed Versamark around the edges and embossed with the same detail gold powder. This ensures a perfect match of colour to the stamped image.
I layered these together and stuck it to the front of the card. The ‘belt and braces’ part of my brain made me also add a couple of brads to help secure it.
At the sides are a couple of smaller cards which have the greetings inside. As you can see, my friend is 50 and I did succumb to a little flower power by drawing a light circle around the numbers and then stamping leaves and flowers with my Tapestry Peg Stamps. I smudged the edges with the same distress inks and then glued them on top of some ribbled ribbon. This was plain white and I coloured it with the red and green inks used above, glued it to a strip of card and ran it through the ribbler for a different texture.
I’m quite pleased with the way this turned out for a first attempt, thanks to Sheila Weaver.