Wednesday, 7 September 2011

My First Easel Card - Wedding Acceptance

Hi,

I decided to extend my knowledge and abilities and have made my first easel card. This is the result, together with an envelobox to go with the card. I also wanted this to be a very special card as it is in response to the Wedding Invitation from my brother and his Fiancée. :0) !!!!!!!!!!


Not only was this my first easel card, but it's also the first time I've coloured in a digital stamp and the first time I've used buttons in a project! I decided that because my stamp was tall and narrow my card should reflect this, so it is a slimline card - the finished size of the card when it was folded for posting was fractionally bigger than A5. The card base is ivory and it looks like it has some form of hammered finish to it, but as it has been a long time in my daughters' craft cupboard I've no idea where it came from!

I used the "Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats" embossing board with my Ultimate Pro (both from Crafter's Companion) to produce the hearts and ribbon border on the left side of the card. My Top Tip for embossing is to rub some soap at the top of my card (I used a freebie guest soap from the bathroom of the ferry we used to travel to and from France on!) and to run my embossing tool in this - it makes your tool run ohhhhhh soooooo smoothly across the card! :0) I used the same embossing on the left side of the envelobox to tie the project together (unfortunately it hasn't come out too well in the photo above!) :0(

The digital stamp is called "Simply Daisies" by Daisy Doodles, available from The Printable Craft Shop at Card Making World. Having printed this onto my Solar White Neenah Card, I coloured it using my Spectrum Noir Pens (from Crafter's Companion) in the following shades:
Flowers: 12, 14, 11, 1
Stems: 48, 43
Water: 171, 68
Grounding under Vase: CG1
I then cut the stamp out and mounted it onto my card using a 3D glue.

The sentiments on the easel part of the card and on the stopper both came from a Crafter's Companion Member's Monthly Download called Luscious Ladybirds. The circular "Thanks" was already on the download, and additionally there was a blank oval. I imported this oval into my normal word processing package, and superimposed a text box with the font Tempus Sans  to produce the additional wording. I printed these out onto card, cut them out and coloured the edges using my Spectrum Noir in Shade 1 to tie these in to the flowers. These sentiments were mounted using sticky pads. I bought a red organza ribbon, some coir fibre and these delightful handmade ceramic buttons in the shape of a heart from Hobbycraft. I fixed the buttons the ribbon by running the coir fibre under the ribbon, threading it through the holes in the button and then finished it with a bow. I think it gives a lovely "Shaker Style" look to the card, don't you?

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
I hope you like this card. Now what am I going to make as a Wedding Card :0∫ !!!!!

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful, very CAS too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday with our birthday bash Easel card/box challenge! Remember if you stop by the DT blogs you will be in with a chance of winning more prizes!!! (I apologise if you have tried to see mine i forgot to schedule it but its there now!), and why not visit some of the other challengers and leave them a comment - again more chance to win! Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!

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  2. Wau--kaunis -tyylikäs -pelkistetty-Tykkään kovasti! <3

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  3. Beautiful job on your first easel card. Lovely.

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  4. Lovely card hunny, love the image and the buttons are perfect! also your tip is great too!

    There are loads of ways for you to win! @ Top Tip Tuesday so check out the rules....

    but you can get extra entries by visiting DT and or other challengers leave them a message and tell them you saw their card at Top Tip Tuesday
    Thanks for joining in the fun for our 1st Birthday challenge,
    hugs Samantha

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  5. A beautiful card - and so many 'firsts' too! A great card and a great expansion of knowledge :)
    Your Top Tip is fab too - thanks for linking it - glad those little freebie soaps come in handy as they're usually useless to wash hands with aren't they ;) !

    Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week to celebrate our 1st Birthday! Make sure you haven’t missed out on any of our amazing prizes this week – pop over to TTT to make sure you’re entered into ALL of our prize draws :)

    Carol x

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  6. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments ladies - they are so very much appreciated!

    In case anyone was wondering what the Finnish comment says:
    "Wow - nice - elegant - minimalist - I like alot"

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  7. This is a great easel card, I love the image and the embossing looks lovely. Jo x

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  8. Your first easel card is very beautiful.
    Dorte,x

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  9. LOL...finally, a brilliant idea for all those soaps I've "acquired" on trips. :D
    Your card of many "firsts" is fantastic and it's been a true pleasure admiring it.
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Top Tip Tuesday. :D
    Lisa xx
    Be sure you check the TTT guidelines for even MORE chances to win on this challenge. :D
    Happy stamping...

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  10. Great card, well done on your first easel card,
    H xx

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  11. Gorgeous card, I saw it on Top Tip Tuesday, love the embossing.
    Pauline
    x

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  12. I saw your card on top tip tuesday,
    H xx

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