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October 31, 2011

Cameo Card and Bookmarker

Nothing says "vintage" more than a beautiful cameo. If you enjoy adding your own handmade details to cards, you might want to give this a try.

I wanted to make an old-fashioned, heritage-looking card... totally by hand. After perusing some metal embellishments at the stores, I decided against anything "store bought". Creating my own was so much more fun!

Here is a closeup of my finished cameo.

I thought a lot about cameos in jewelry. They are usually a creamy colour and have variegated colouring, sometimes with peach and cream together. In my stash of cardstock I found the perfect marble. This cameo cut is from the Heritage cartridge. For this technique, I cut it three times (thrice)... once from white, once from marble, and once from coral on shadow. The marble layer has the frame cut away. I glued all layers together and let them dry well. Then I covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight.

Card Details
Card size:  5-1/2" square
Aqua frame:  5-1/4" square (outside measurement)
Marble frame:  4-5/8" square (outside measurement)
Coral frame:  4" square
All the above frames were cut from the Christmas Cards cartridge. Surprised? I know!

Pewter Frame
This took some fiddling around to get it just right. I used my Gypsy to try different sized frames and tested them over the background. I made my own background; stamped writing in pale peach. To me, it represents an old love letter. The faux pewter frame is cut from white heavy white cardstock, sponge painted with black and silver. I love this look for frames.

Matching Book Marker
Using the Gypsy, I created this Sister book marker. The font used is from Quarter Note. The frame is from Heritage.


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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!