1st Birthday, Engagement and Valentine cards are now posted! I know I am late in posting these cards, but I couldn't risk my peeps seeing them on my blog before they actually received them. The last recipient just got hers in the mail, so I can now share them all with the rest of you. All my cards are 5.5 x 4.25 which is the A2 card size. I like the size and envelopes are easy to find. Be sure to click on the photos to see an enlargement of the pic.
This next card was made on a day when I was longing for Spring. February is, after all, still winter so I tried to be realistic in my design.
I loved the little tree, bare and laden with thick snow. The tree needed some love so I added a variety of hearts. For shine, the sentiment is matted in red, then silver with tiny silver heart brads to match. But once I added the wee bird underneath the tree, it made me happy. Birds were actually chirping outside my window as I worked on the card. The recipient? My other daughter who also loves to sing.
Pink and Girlie
The next few cards are all pink and girlie. These two both have roses but that is where the similarity ends. Each one has its own embossing, silver accents and bling. I loved how cute these ones looked standing side by side.
The silver heart with sentiment is raised with pop dots, and I used vellum to shadow the heart.
Roses are from Walk In My Garden.
Okay, so having made 2 cards with roses, I wanted something else... still floral, still Valentines-ish. I searched all my cartridges and rediscovered something on the Walk In My Garden cartridge.
How perfect. Bleeding hearts! But not just one little spray would do. I wanted a shower of them! On top of the dotted base stock I added some wide sparkly ribbon. Then I cut two hearts; a large scalloped one in dark pink and a white one. The white I embossed with dotted swiss and "popped" it on top of the pink one. But before gluing anything down, I created tons of bleeding hearts in two sizes.
The tips of the bleeding hearts were green after cutting the stems, so I hand painted each tiny heart tip with pink glitter ink. The hearts look just like the ones I used to have growing in my back garden. The effect was just what I was going for. I must remember to tell my sister the story about the bleeding hearts, as told to me by our Mother. And all the while I was cutting, painting and gluing these hearts I was smiling, remembering that story.
Inside, the card has an introductory page. A small heart with another wee spray of tiny bleeding hearts is on the top panel, and a bible verse on the bottom of the page. That page lifts to reveal a personal message.
For The Guys - Matchbook Cards
The pink card is brown inside. Masculine, eh? In case you don't think so, check out the inside photo. I added a very cool bow and arrow. See picture following.
The red card looked much more scruffy once I embossed it. The card stock used has a white core which gives it an aged look when embossed. Masculine, right?