I haven’t blogged for ages – I do apologise. I had hand-surgery in June of this year and my crafting and my typing both suffered as a result. I am now almost back to normal, just need to keep exercising to increase the strength and mobility and it’ll be as good as new. I did get some cards made before I went into hospital but didn’t get around to blogging them. Here’s one I made earlier 🙂
In May of this year my eldest sister and her husband celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary so it was the perfect opportunity to go a little over the top with a card. They are very fond of cats, always have a couple, sometimes four, and they’re nearly always ginger!
I haven’t done a lot of embroidery lately so I wound up the machine and dug out this cute image of two cats – changed the colours of the original so that they reflected their penchant for ginger cats and stitched it on a neutral colour of felt. Although felt is very stable I used a couple of layers of stabiliser as well just to make sure it didn’t distort. I love the way their tails make a heart 🙂
Trimming to size
My machine will stitch a long basting stitch around the design area before stitching which helps keep it stable and also shows you where the design will be sewn (should you be putting it on a garment). I used these stitches as a guide for cutting, measuring equally all round and then cutting out with a craft knife. I love the Fiskars Fingertip Knife – find it very easy to use and control.
Shaping the card
I uncovered this lovely silver cardstock in my stash so folded it into a tall gate-fold card base. Using my Fiskars Shape Cutter I cut out the heart shape on the front, half on each ‘gate’ and again on the slightly smaller piece of card I’d chosen for the liner.
I wanted to mount the embroidery onto some patterned paper and flowers seemed a good choice (they are avid gardeners) but the pretty paper I found was a bit garish so I toned it down by layering some pale-blue vellum over the top. I adhered the felt onto this and then anchored it down with a ribbon border and some brads, and them some hearts into which I glued a couple of gems.
Front of Card
Oooh, time to play! Eyelets inserted using my trusty crop-o-dile; lilac ribbon to lace the front together over a piece of acetate which was cut slightly larger than the size of the card so that it would ‘bow’; peel-offs all round just to add a bit of colour; a cupid topper from my stash and then a few elements cut from a metallic tray using Spellbinders Dies.
I had to make a box to post it of course. I used some darkish card and sprayed with gold Glimmer Mist over a mask and then added a couple of flowers I made. I never really trust glue on corners so, being a ‘belt & braces’ type of girl, I used some silver studs on all sides.