Marti and I have been BFFs since 1981 and her birthday was on Tuesday, the 19th and I wanted to make a VERY special card for the occasion and here is what I came up with. I am hand delivering it, so I will add a post script to this post to let you know how she liked it! The card is so thick that I had to design a deep card box to hold it. I've got to tell you one thing though.....this sucker was very hard to photograph..........it looks SO much prettier in person!!!
Here is a little information concerning the front of the card. Some time back I was playing with my Anna Griffin "Rosa" embossing folder and some 24 lb. copy paper. I used the technique where you cover one side of the embossing folder with dye ink and run it through your machine....don't remember what that is called and I also don't remember which ink pad I used but it turned out beautiful!!! I came across it while looking through some of my stuff and decided to glue it to a piece of 110 lb. Recollections white cardstock and use it as the base panel for my card front...my original plan was to make this an "all white" card but I quickly changed my mind when I came across this! The next two items are ovals that I designed to be cut with my digital cutters. In between them I cut a piece of fun foam into an oval for dimension. I designed the "Birthday Wishes" sentiment using the "Flair Roman" font...had to a make just a few alterations.....then cut several layers using my Cameo and glued them together. The very top layer was cut using a piece of the Silhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets" that was adhered to a piece of white cardstock prior to cutting and the I used some pretty white glitter to top it off! The bow is a "Florentine Bow" die by Tattered Lace and the butterfly is a "Leanna Buterfly" die by Simon Says and I designed a little body that I used white flocking on, as well as one white pearl, on top of it. The "gardenias" were made by me using a cut file that I made to use on my electronic cutters. All of the leaves and greenery were done using Memory Box dies. I just topped everything off with a while pearl in each corner!
Here are a couple of close-up photos of the card front.
Here is a photo of the inside which was done using my printer, with the exception of the "slice of cake" which I did using a stamp and some silver embossing powder. These are the fonts that I used:
"I want to let..." Bruce Old Style BT
"Our Friendship is" & "Special" Edwardian Script ITC
"Our busy life..." P Ming LiU
"YOU ARE SO...." Register Serif BTN SC
For the "signature label" on the back of the card, I used part of my Spellbinders "Fancy Label Tags Four" Die D-Lites set and made a cut file to go on top where I used my my Cameo with a pen tool and a black gel pen and the "Matilde" font. Looks kinda "royal" doesn't it?
OK now....on to the card box. This card is so thick due to the gardenias, that I had to design a deep card box to hold it. I used one of my ovals to decorate as well as one of my gardenias. Here are three photos.
This card took me quite a while to make and was a lot of work, but I really wanted it to be a "keepsake"! And by the way, Marti loved it! I'd love to hear what you think of it and I want to thank you for stopping by..................please hurry back!!!
Finished Card Size: A7 (5"x7")
Papers: Recollections 110 LB & 65 LB "White", Wausau 65 LB "Bright White"
Stamps: i-clear Hampton Art "Studio G"
Ink: Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark"
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It", Stamp-a-ma-jig
Accessories: Old Town Crafts "Ultra Fine Silver" Embossing Powder, Silhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets", Recollections "Pearls", Doodlebug "Velvet Flock", Recollections Extra Fine Glitter, Studio Basics "Pastel" (for chalking flower centers),Tattered Lace "Florentine Bow" Die, Simon Says "Leanna Butterfly" Die, Memory Box "Tender Leves", "Fabulous Phlox" & "Small Olive Branch" Dies, Anna Griffin "Rosa" Embossing Folder, Recollections "Pearl Brad" (on bow), "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker (butterfly wings), Spellbinders "Fancy Label Tags Four" Die D-Lites