Nowadays our lives are filled with every kind of electronic communication, the art of letter writing has begun to fade into a memory. Gone are the days of rushing to the door to collect ‘Welcome’ mail, thank you notes, party invitations or just a lovely letter from a friend or loved one. Now we all have a minute to minute journal on social media.
Today is send a card to a friend day, it’s your chance to tell someone exactly what they mean to you. It’s all about stepping away from all of the devices and showing them you care.
For this card you will need:
- Groovi, Nested Squares Extension and Alphabet Plate
- Jayne’s Agapanthus Name, A5 Groovi Plate
- Sue Wilson’s Ornate Pierced Rectangles
- Sue Wilson’s Perfect Peony Full and Open Petals.
- Tonic Verdant Vines Die
- Centura Pearl Ivory Cradstock
- Cream/Ivory Cardstock 200-250gsm
- Dark Mirri Card
- Salty Ocean Distress Ink or Oxide
- Blue and Green Polychromo Pencils or Similar
I always think it is a good idea to cut all of your main elements first. So from the Centura Pearl cut:
Layer 1: Die 1 and 4
Layer 2: Die 2 and 3
Layer 3: Die 4 and 5. Cut this one again in your dark Mirri Card.
Step 1: Cut a piece of Parchment the same size as Layer 3. Tip: If you use your die cut to draw around, turn it over to avoid marks.
Step 2: Remove the ornate decoration in the centre using a ruler and craft knife to leave a frame.
Step 3: Using the alphabet plate, add your wording. Tip: If you draw the size of your the inner frame onto copier paper and place it underneath your Groovi plate it helps you to plan your design. Tip: Remember, your letters need to be in reverse order.
Step 4: Using the Jayne plate add your design. Here I have used the agapanthus and butterfly. It’s a little warm here so had to leave the parchment to rest.
Step 5: Next add your white work embossing to your design. I have only added a little as highlights. Tip: Leave your parchment to rest in between embossing layers.
Step 6: Once rested start with your colouring. I have used Spectrum Noir here. 074 and 070 for the blues and 049 for the green. Tip: use a hard surface, a dark or black card, it makes it easier to see.
Step 7: Colour the centres of the flowers with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide or your own choice.
Step 8: The open petals are coloured with the same ink.
Step 9: Cut a piece of matching blue card to add a backing to the centre panel.
Step 10: Secure to the back of your panel with PVA. This really shows off the wonderful detail of the die cut.
Step 11: Layer up your pieces. I have backed the dies on to a mat of blue to match. Then onto a base card made with Centura Pearl Ivory card.
Step 12: Take your parchment design and secure the frame to the front. Then secure the dark Mirri card behind, these are best secured with red liner tape.
Step 13: Next shape your blooms with an embossing tool on a foam mat.
Step 14: Add the parchment piece using foam tape to add more dimension and then embellish with you vines and flowers using 3D glue gel.