Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Pensant à vous" card.....

which in French means "thinking of you".  Now, I know you are wondering why I did it in French.  I did it for a "Ways to Use It" challenge (WT514) over at Splitcoast called ~Speaking "Foreign"~ and it is also for the "Try a New Technique" challenge (TLC516) called ~White Out~ (which is to represent our cold, "white out" winter weather).  I actually made this card to send to a very special friend and the challenges actually gave me the inspiration I needed to design it!  So here is my photo of the card front.

As you can see, I did it all in white to represent winter time...even though here in FL it is definitely not "white out"...LOL  But, it is somewhere!!!  I just got my new Pazzles Vue on the 9th and this is the first project I've done using it.  I will have an entire separate post just reviewing the Pazzle Vue coming up real soon...so be sure to check back!  I found an image of a garden trellis online and turned it into a cutting file...I used the Recollections 110 lb. cardstock and my Vue cut it like it was butter!!!  The tree, seagulls, cat, bird, garden trellis and sentiment were all cut with my Vue or my Cameo.  I used the "Seriously Delerious" font to design the cut file for the sentiment and I did use white embossing powder and my heat gun to emboss the sentiment.  I used some white flock on the kitty and some "Clear" Wink of Stella on all the birds. The label, leafy images, and gate with fence were cut using dies.  The "bushes" in front of the fence were cut with a punch.   Here are a couple of close-up photos.

For the inside of the card, I decided to use my gate and fence die again and use the "inlaid technique".  I cut the gate and fence out of the bluish cardstock and I saved the tiny pieces of blue to do the inlay.  Then I cut it again out of the white cardstock, inlaid it and the tiny blue pieces to finish it off.  The text inside is computer generated and printed on my Canon Pixma, using the "Corinthia" font.  Here is a photo.

So, now I had to come up with an idea for the back of the card as I always add a "signature label" and since I had the blue gate and fence already cut, I decided to glue that to the back of the card and place my signature label above it....that way there was no waste!!!  Here is a photo....what do ya think of that?

So, now we are down to the envelope and I remembered a special envelope that I designed back in 2011 for another 5.5 inch square card and decided to use it for this card.  The front of the envelope is plain white...but check out the back!!!

When I did this design, I needed to use a piece of letter size card (because I don't have that particular paper in the 12x12 inch size) to cut it on my Pazzles so I had to make that top flap too short to make it fit...........so I just did a "flap extender" using another piece of card that I glue beneath the original flap and problem solved.  I used two different Martha Stewart punches to decorate both flaps!!!

This card was fun to make and I hope I captured the essence of winter and I hope my very special friend likes it!!!  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back by for my review of the Pazzles Vue!!!

Finished Card Size:  6" Square
Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections 110 & 65 lb. White Cardstock & 65 lb. Colored Cardstock, Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMarkWatermark"
Tools:  Pazzles "Vue", Silhouette "Cameo", Spellbinders "Grand Calibur", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  Spellbinders "Labels Two" & "Garden Gate" dies, Memory Box "Small Olive Branch" die, Martha Stewart "Branch", "Cherish" & "Arch Lattice" Punches. "Clear" Wink Stella


Peggy in Mentone said...

OH MY! This is GORGEOUS...WOW so much to take in on this amazing creation. Love your idea for the inside and the back as well. Still trying to figure out which are dies and which are done with your cutters...Are you sea gulls dies? What a beautifully crafted piece of art Pam, pure eye candy for me!

Tammy J said...

Gorgeous bubba gump. I really do likea it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, gorgeous card! Love it! I hate to rain on your parade but I noticed that you misspelled meaningful. Bummer!

SusanBluerobot said...

wow this is stunning

Stephanie said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Everything about this card is wonderful.

massofhair said...

Picking Jaw up off floor Pam, this is sensational and so pretty. I always love your attention to detail and am in awe of how you keep your white pieces white as it's not easy. WOW :-) xxx