Monday, August 4, 2008

A Birthday Card for a Priceless Friend

I'm back from my weekend away crafting which was terrific. I will share more details of the time away soon but before I left, I made a birthday card for a friend using the Priceless stamp set. I've had this set for a while now but had not played with it much. I decided to use a colour challenge as the starting point for this card. So I visited the website of the Queen of Colour Challenges, Kristina Werner. Here's one of her recent colour challenges (Rose Red, Regal Rose, Sage Shadow and Whisper White):

I decided to add Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip colours as well for greetings and accents. Just a few card-making tips for this one; to make the scalloped corners, I have used the Stampin' Up!® Slit Punch, turned upside down so I can view and decide how big I want the scallop to be.

I didn't have any colour-matching brads, so I made "faux brads" which involves punching a small circle out in the desired card stock colour and sticking them in place with the SU! 2-Way Glue Pen. Once positioned, I carefully dollop a small amount of SU! Crystal Effects on each cardboard dot. Then, and this is very important, I put the card out of the way to let the Crystal Effects dry. This takes about 45 minutes. The Crystal Effects looks cloudy at first but as it dries, it becomes shiny.

The butterflies have been stamped on a separate sheet. They are solid stamps which require lots of tapping on a moist ink pad plus a little twisting (but finish with tapping) prior to stamping with a firm pressure onto smooth Whisper White card stock. The butterflies were cut out before being stuck down with Stampin' Dimensionals. This, along with the ribbon and faux brads, gives the card an extra dimension rather than being flat.

Lastly, in the words of Shelli Gardner, the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!®, "never a naked envelope". I really like co-ordinating cards with envelopes and gift wrapping.

Love from Crafty Kim


Carol Dunstan said...

this is lovely Kim, glad you got the image issues sorted

Michelle said...

Gorgeous Kim! That's beautiful and has been mentally filed in my 'must try that' pile :)

Angela said...

I love your interpretation of this challenge Kim. Such a lovely card :)

Fiona Poirier said...

Love it Kim - It looks as beautiful on the screen as it did in person.

I'm enjoying your blog!


Linda said...

Looks great Kim! Shame you missed the challenge deadline as it would have been a worthy entry. :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Kim. Love the matching envelope.
Robyn A

Sharon said...

Such a lovely card Kim.

I too never leave an envelope naked,