Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Perfect Day

At last, after two month's of being AWOL from my crafting table, I have finally returned! 

I can blame part of my absence on my month-long trip to Colorado. Then I came back to England, and I found myself lured away from stamping and creating because the weather was so nice and summery! I spent hours outside gardening and pottering around, and my poor craft area became dusty and disused.

But there's nothing like a deadline to beat a creative block. My parents are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on June 17th, so I needed to create a special card for them.

I decided to use some Sizzix die cut flowers in vellum to create an elegant and appropriate feeling. I colored the resulting flowers with Copic markers, which are almost like watercolors when used on vellum.

I never can find just the right anniversary sentiment, so I decided to make my own: A Special Bouquet to Remember Your Perfect Day. Then I made a similar sentiment for Birthday. You can click and download the jpeg of the sentiments if you'd like to use them in your design; they can be resized accordingly.

My parents' anniversary card features a white gatefold card cut from a Sizzix die. Then I adhered a piece of purple cardstock, which featured the wisteria stamp from Stampin' Up's Growing Green set. The flowers were lightly colored with shimmer paints. The card was adorned with a bouquet of the vellum flowers and a bit of ribbon.

After I made this card, I wasn't as happy as I'd like with the layout, so I worked on another version, using the birthday sentiment (pictured at the top of this blog entry).  This larger square card seemed to handle the bouquet of vellum flowers better.

Now that I'm back at my crafting table, I have another card to make for my hubby, as we celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary next week. How time does fly!