Send a Card to a Friend with Nick Roberts

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
  • Parchment
  • Cream/Ivory Cardstock 200-250gsm
  • Dark Mirri Card
  • Salty Ocean Distress Ink or Oxide
  • Blue and Green Polychromo Pencils or Similar
  • Adhesives
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.
 

Here is the finished card. Thank you for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial I have shared with you. I love to read your comments so please take the time to add your thoughts. I hope you will join me again.
For now Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

48 thoughts on “Send a Card to a Friend with Nick Roberts

  1. This card is absolutely gorgeous. Very delicate and very detailed. Who wouldn’t love to receive this from someone. Nicola x

    1. Thank you Nicola, I had to include some Groovi in my first blog, so pleased you like it and thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, it makes my day.xx

    1. Lisa, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment it does mean a lot to me to read all of the comments, Also I know I am not alone. I am touched that you like this card.xx

    1. I am so pleased that you like the card and the tutorial I have shared today. Thank you so much for your comments, I am really happy you took the time to add it. Take care and Thanks again.x

    1. Thank you Bryan, I am very glad you enjoyed my tutorial for this piece and found it easy to follow. I do love to use the Groovi plates and the Jayne plates are particular favourites of mine. Coupled with Sue Wilson’s dies to show off the design.Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message.x

    1. Thank you so much Pam, How lovely of you to take the time to leave a comment for me. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial that goes with it and that you will come back again to see what else I have to share.Thanks again xx

      1. It’s my pleasure to share this with you. I am so happy you like it along with the tutorial. It’s wonderful to have your comments, I love to read them and feel humbled that you take the time to leave them. xx

    1. Thank you Jean, I could have sworn that I replied to your lovely comment, I do apologise. I am so pleased that you like the card I have shared along with the tutorial.. Thanks again.xx

  2. Hi Jean, Thank you so much for your comments Jean, I am very happy to share with you and over the moon that you like the card along with the tutorial I have shared. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment, it does mean a lot to me to read them.xx

  3. Nick this is a gorgeous card, i know the amount of time that it takes to create these pieces of beautiful work, dedication xxx Lou

    1. Thank you so much Lou, I am very happy that you like this one. The time it takes is my relaxation time, I get lost doing it really and it’s so nice to see the end results and spending the time really pays off. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment for me, I really do appreciate it.xx

    1. Thank you Ann-Marie, I am so pleased you like this card. It’s great to hear that you have started parchment and that you are really enjoying it. Do you find it relaxing as well, I know I do. Are you using the Groovi System or have you jumped straight in with traditional parchment? It’s always good to hear about other peoples experiences and their journey. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your message and comments on the tutorial I have shared, it really does mean a lot to me and I love to read them. I hope you will come back and see some of the other projects I will be sharing.xx

    1. Oh Jane, Thank you so much I am over the moon that you like the card and enjoyed the tutorial I shared here. You’re more than welcome, I love to share and happy that you have taken the time to leave a comment for me. They are great to read and it really makes my day. Thanks again.xx

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment Sheila, I am so happy to have them. I am so pleased you like this card along with the tutorial I have shared with you. Thanks again.xx

    1. Thank you Pat, I also think they work really well together and compliment each other well. I am so pleased you like the card and you found the tutorial easy to read and follow. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, it really is nice to read them.xx

    1. Thank you Inky, I am so pleased you like the card and the tutorial I have shared. Even more so if it has given you the inspiration to have a go as well. I am sure you would enjoy it. I find it incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. I am so happy that the post might get you to try another craft. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, It makes my day to read them.x

    1. Thank you Yvonne,I am very happy that you enjoyed reading the tutorial and even more that I have shared some inspiration, It makes me feel very proud indeed. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, I really do appreciate it, love to read them too.xx

  4. Beautiful card I love an have all the Sue Wilson dies, anyone would love to receive your stunning card. X

    1. Thank you Melody, I agree the Sue Wilson dies are superb, they are so versatile and lend themselves to such a variety of cards and projects. I have a lot but sadly don’t have them all, you are very lucky, I might have to pop over. lol I am so pleased you like the card I have shared along with the tutorial. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments, I thoroughly enjoy reading them.xx

    2. Melody, Congratulations, Your name was drawn for the card. If you could send me a PM on Facebook with your details I can get it posted to you. Thanks again for leaving your comment.

  5. Fabulous card and tutorial. I’m at the beginning of my Groovi journey so you have inspired me to get practising my white work.

    1. Oh Shirley, How exciting for you, you certainly have a very exciting journey ahead of you. It’s a marvelous craft to be involved with, so relaxing and therapeutic. I am over the moon that I have inspired you, that has really made my day. You keep it up, just remember very light and rest in between. It took me a while, I still remember my first go and I went in all guns blazing, it was before Groovi came along. I pressed as hard as I could and then some. I wish I had have kept it to see how dreadful it was. Then I came across Tina and all was saved. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, it’s great to hear from you and I wish you every success in your Groovi journey. I do hope you will come and see what I will be sharing over the weeks and months to come.xx

  6. Hi nick. Another fabulous ‘desin by Nick’. I agree with you about sending more snail mail… I have to admit that i always can spot your work when shown on hochanda. I always love your style. Can actually admit you are a big inspiration for me to get myself out there and by the end of 2018 im hoping to be on at least 1 DT… Thank you… maybe we’ll run into each other one day… until then i look forward to more posts from you… (so sorry for the ramble…)😎💙

  7. Hi Terri. Thank you so much for your kind comments and over the moon that you can spot my samples on Hochanda. It’s a real compliment to know that I have been able to share some inspiration with you and that you like the style of cards and projects that I share. It really has made my day to read your comments. Thank you so much for taking the time to write them on here, it’s really appreciated and valued. Don’t appologise at the ramble, I know what it’s like when you get going. I hope you will join me again to see what else I am going to share. Thanks again xx

  8. Beautiful card Nick. I used to do parchment years ago but not for a long time. This has reawakened my interest. I’m off to google these gelli plates as they came out during my 5 year hiatus from crafting so I’m not very au fait but the results are amazing. Loving the Salty Ocean on the flowers; such a gorgeous blue.
    Hope to see more from you along these lines.
    Kathryn x

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments Kathryn, I am really touched that my posts and cards using the Groovi system have inspired you to return to parchment craft. It’s such a relaxing and therapeutic craft to do, especially now with the Groovi plates making the outline design so much easier, while still allowing you to design your projects. You wait till you see Blueprint sketch, that is my favourite blue of all time. Thanks again for taking the time to read my tutorial and more importantly leaving a comment, they really mean a lot to me and I do love to read them along with feedback. I hope you will return to see what else I am sharing.xx

  9. Your cards are always an inspiration to all us crafters Nick and this one is simply stunning.
    As for your blog post don’t know how you have the time or energy. Nobody needs to do lots of workshop but need to follow your blog for information and inspiration. Hugs xxx

    1. Hello Janet. I am so pleased I give you and some others inspiration, That makes my day to know I have been able to help a little. I wish these sort of things were around when I started crafting, It would have been brilliant to see other peoples work and what they use etc. It goes without saying that I sincerely thank you for you comments including my blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to write on here it means such a lot to me to have feedback and I love to read them.xx

Leave a Reply

About Hochanda