Masculine Valentine Card for GDP022

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Sketch Challenge

With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day and a sketch challenge on over at Global Design Project this week, I thought I’d put together a Valentine’s card, but one that could be given to a guy – no flowers, no “feminine” colours, but still expressing love.  I think it’s still sweet and lovely (but don’t tell him that … shhhh).

Here’s this week’s sketch. Click on the image to head over and see all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and entrants, or to submit an entry of your own.

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And here’s my interpretation:

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Something Old, Something New

I set out to create a card with a bold design and when I was looking through my stamp sets the wavy line and dotted line images from the Sunburst Sayings set made me think of Australian Aboriginal art.  So I began with the band across the top layer.  I wanted a bold sentiment for the front as well and after searching through my collection decided on the “you & me” image from the Perfect Pennants set.  Embossed in clear over Early Espresso it is strong and bold – just perfect!

Non-traditional Valentine Colours

Usually the first colours that spring to mind when you think of Valentine’s cards are red and pink.  Well I made a conscious decision to not include red or pink on this card (or flowers either!).  I love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Early Espresso and teamed with Sahara Sand I think they work very well.

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Theme

The wavy lines and dots were carried through in the use of the dotted DSP (from the Neutrals DSP Stack) which I trimmed with the wavy blade on my Stampin’ Trimmer and the dots around the sentiment.  These were pierced using the Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and then accented with a Stampin’ Chalk marker.  A few hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack, backed with Mint Macaron cardstock provided the finishing touch.

Using Layers as a Design Element

Adding layers with differently sized borders can be utilised to add interest without “cluttering” a card with embellishments.  Used deliberately here, I wanted to highlight the colours on this card without overwhelming the other elements.  I think I succeeded.  What do you think?

XOXO Gail

 

WDW #2 – Stylish Stripes Christmas Card

Oooh!  I’m so late with this week’s Weekly Deals Wednesday project – apologies.  My daughter Sam had her high school graduation this week and boy has it been heckers!  But I’m sure you’ll agree today’s project is rather stunning and quite worth waiting for!

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It uses four of the five products on offer this week – the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and Brights Sequin Assortment.  You can check them all out here.

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I chose to use Pacific Point cardstock because that was the colour of Sam’s formal gown.  A Christmas card with non-traditional colours is a refreshing change every now and then and I love the combination of blue and gold.

This card was relatively quick to make, although I did take the time to add some special little touches like the piercing around the sentiment (from the Cup of Cheer Stamp Set – I LOVE IT!) and the gold embossing on the little banner part of the sentiment.  What do you think?  I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

 

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Sparkly Birthday with Embossed Lace Trim for GDP006

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Today’s card was designed for the Global Design Project challenge.  It’s sparkly, but soft and feminine at the same time.  And I just had to include my latest fave technique as an element on my card.  If you don’t know what the embossed lace technique is, have a look at my previous post here.

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Here’s the Global Design Project sketch that inspired my card:

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Whisper White and Perfect Plum were the dominant colours used for this card.  These go beautifully with the silver highlights provided by the embossing and the 1/8″ silver ribbon.  The focal image – the beautiful flower spray from the Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set – was stamped in Smoky Slate and watercoloured using Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder for the flowers, Always Artichoke and Wild Wasabi for the leaves and Smoky Slate for the background.  I didn’t think this card needed a “loud” sentiment, so the “happy birthday” from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set was perfect repeated across the bottom of the lace.

Here’s a close up of the card front showing the gorgeous silver embossed lace.  I used the Sahara Sand Lace Trim to get this effect.  Some Dazzling Diamonds in the centre of the flowers tied the image in with the rest of the card.

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The flower spray was used inside the card as well to finish it off.

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Thank you to the design team for organising the challenge, and thank you for stopping by.  I’d love to see your take on it, so leave me a comment with a link to your project.

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

 

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Embossed Dotted Lace Trim Wedding Card

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They say that necessity is the mother of invention and it’s true!  I wanted to make a wedding card using the “happily ever after” sentiment from the Big News Stamp Set embossed in gold and I also wanted to use gold lace.  You see my problem.  Although I absolutely adore the lace trims currently offered by Stampin’ Up! there is not one that comes in gold.  I sat ruminating for a while and then it came to me … that aha! moment every crafter loves.

I decided to try using some Dotted Lace Trim (which I also love) like a stamp and emboss it.  I literally ran to my craft room to try out my idea and to my delight IT WORKED!  I’m SO excited to share this technique with you.

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I used VersaMark ink and generously covered the Dotted Lace Trim and placed it into position on the card front.  Then using a clear block I pressed down firmly to transfer the ink.  Embossed in gold and there you have it – gold Dotted Lace Trim!

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My Very Vanilla card base is 5 x 11.5″ scored in half and then layered with a Gold Foil mat and another Very Vanilla mat, both cut 1/8″ smaller than the previous one.  To finish off, I added a length of the 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon and a lovely Antique Brad.

I like to finish cards inside too, so here’s a pic.  It uses a matching sentiment from the Big News Stamp Set embossed in gold, the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue and some gold sponging around the edges using Encore Gold Ink (retired).

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I love this technique and I hope you like it too.  I’d love to see your take on it, so leave me a comment with a link to your project.

XOXO Gail

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