Monday, April 30, 2012

Hero Arts Bird in a circle - a thank you card

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Recently I bought some First Edition 6" x 6" designer papers on EBay from a UK seller and ohhhh, I just love them!!  I couldn't wait to make a card with them and today's card uses papers from the Boho Chic collection.  I went for a Vintage style of card - well, my style of vintage - not sure if the purists would call it truly Vintage with no torn bits etc.  I think I am just too much of a neat-freak to do all that although I really love vintage cards that other people make.  Guess it's OK to just "be me" with "my own style of vintage".

I made this card to suit the Splitcoaststampers "Free for All Friday" F4A113 of "Mix n Match" where you are to use at 2 or 3 types of patterned/designer paper.  See THIS link for the deets on the challenge.

This card is a "Thank you" card which I will be giving to my next-door neighbours who have always been so encouraging and enthusiastic about my cardmaking - and most recently, have been such a fantastic support with all that we are going through with caring for our family member.  Our neighbour will just turn up with a batch of fairy cakes or make a dessert, bring in our rubbish bins if we are caught up at hospital and not getting home until late, collect our mail, mow the lawns, feed the cat - they would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it - and we are so grateful for them.

I inked up my Hero Arts 'Bird in a Circle' stamp with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and stamped it twice onto white cardstock so I could cut out an extra layer of the flower petals plus the bird to do some paper tole.   I coloured the image with Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Odourless Mineral Spirits using paper stumps.  Then, very carefully, I cut out the inside circle of the main panel and discarded it.  It was very delicate work cutting around the flowers and the bird's legs! 

I then used my Blending Tool and Antique Linen Distress Ink around the edges of this panel - then again using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I did actually cut the image down a little to be a perfect square as well as being a smaller size to layer on my peach designer paper.

Before I attached the 2nd layer of flowers to the bottom layer, I used a stylus on the back of the petals to shape the petals to look more rounded and did the same with the bird's body.  I used an old mouse pad to press down on as it had some give and allowed me to shape the pieces just like I wanted.

I attached the flowers with dimensionals under each petal but not in the middle so I could press down the centre to help make the flowers look a little more realistic.  The bird was also attached with dimensionals.  Here is a close-up of the dimension and fussy-cutting I did on the card:

Using a Lemon Bliss Bic Mark-It texta, I coloured some tiny Prima peach pearls to make them look a bit more yellow (but not bright yellow) and popped them in the centre of the flowers. 

I glued on a narrow piece of peach ric-rac which just added a little 'something' at the bottom of the main panel but not over the top as I wanted the image to be the focal point - then popped this panel up on dimensionals on top of the gorgeous glittery brown designer paper layer. 

The peach base designer paper was diecut using my Big Shot and Go Kreate Scalloped Square die and to add a bit of texture, I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug using my Crafts Too Sweet Flowers embossing folder.  I really love the texture that it added to the card and made such a difference to the look of the card.

Note that I inked around the edges of the peach and brown papers with the same Distress Inks as the white cardstock.

Lastly, I punched a butterfly from the peach designer paper with a Carl Butterfly-A punch and coloured some more Prima pearls with the Lemon Bliss Bic Mark-it texta and popped them in the centre.  I attached just the butterfly's body with dimensionals and bent up the wings then added some Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the wings.

Now that the card front was finished, I simply attached it to a white card base.


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #30 of 'Anything Goes

One Stop Craft Challenge - Week #180 - Recipe Challenge - 1 image, 2 designer papers, 3 embellishments.  My card uses 2 dp's from the Boho Chic set, 1 stamp (image) and the 3 embellishments are my ric-rac, pearls and the butterfly.

Simons Says Stamp Challenge - 'Anything Goes'

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Hero Arts Bird in a Circle cling-mounted rubber CG181

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia, Tim Holtz Distress inks - Vintage Photo and Antique Linen

Designer paper:  First Edition Boho Chic 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, Cuttlebug, Go Kreate Scalloped Square die, dimensionals, Prismacolor pencils, odourless mineral spirits, paper stumps, Ranger Blending tool, Prima peach pearls coloured with Lemon Bliss Bic Mark-it, Crafts Too Sweet Flowers embossing folder, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, peach ric-rac, stylus and old mouse pad, Lemon Bliss Bic-Mark-it texta, Cardstock:  KW Doggett 'Knight' white

Punches:  Carl CP-1 Butterfly-A


Anita said...

Your card is gorgeous Jocelyn and it certainly looks 'vintage' to me. Beautiful coloring. I'm sure your neighbors will love it and they sound like the most wonderful neighbors to have. Hugs to you and your family.

MARY B said...

Gorgeous card, Mary x

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, beautiful card Jocelyn.

Jackie said...

What wonderful neighbours and a gorgeous card for them. I love your kind of vintage, I can't bring myself to tear papers, I like neat edges :o)
Jackie xx

Jo Price said...

This is a gorgeous card. I love the papers and and the colours and personally your type of vintage is great. Thanks for joining us at OSCC this week. Jo xxx

Leslee said...

So loving your card. I hope your neighbours truly appreciate all the work you put into it. I love your kind of vintage too.

Karen Letchworth said...

Jocelyn: Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and encouraging me. You are so sweet, cuz I'm having a rough time recovering. I appreicate your support. Your work is lovely and I would SO love to have you to play along with us at Word Art Wednesday when you are able. We'd LOVE to have you join us any time you are able. Your work would be a welcome addition to our challenges. Hope to see you very soon (and often) at: to join us, Also, any time you'd like to visit my personal blog and beccome a new I'd love to become your follower in return!

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Anonymous said...

Jocelyn, this is so beautiful!! I love vintage style cards too but can't do the whole distressed look either. This is just perfect!

Robyn said...

How great that you have such lovely neighbours to help your family through this difficult time! And what lucky neighbours to receive such a gorgeous card! I personally am not really "into" vintage..but I like your version! Hope you are going ok- thinking of you Hugs! Robyn

Rica said...

A beautiful card, such stunning colours and design, I love the images and so beautifully coloured.

Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Stays Stamp chllenge
Heather xx

Mandy said...

Oh wow beautiful card Jocelyn, I love the embossing, the colours and image is so pretty :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Elizabeth Allan said...

Jocelyn this beautiful card glows! Soft transitions and layering all add to the spectacular effect!

carol said...

ooh fabulous creation, thanks for sharing with us at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

Aunty Sue said...

Such a lovely card thanks for sharing with us at CRAFTY CATZ this week.

Ani said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along at OSCC this week! Good luck in the draw! Ani

Welkom bij Happy Stamper said...

woooow beautifull card, realy love all of youre creations, so i become a follower from youre lovely blog, also love youre cat photo's ;)

SVIT said...

Love your distressing and vintage look! Gorgeous card! Thank you for playing along with us at OSSC this week! Good luck!
Svit xx

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous card! I love everything about it! The texture and colors are stunning. And of course the bird is beautiful. Hugs!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Jobear - fantastic card and and amazing work by neighbors of such great kindness, they deserve the card indeed - God is amazing how He places the right people there at the right time in such times as this - is He not? thanks for popping over, love Shaz in Oz.x

Jacqueline said...

What a gorgeous card. I am going to get this stamp in the post one of these days... waiting eagerly!

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