Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Card for a Teacher

My cousin is a teacher, and her birthday is coming up soon. At the end of last year I started collecting together a few items to make a nice grungey card for her, and then forgot about it! I was intending to make something to go with the faux porcelain sentiment I made, and then remembered about the other stuff, and lo and behold, it goes perfectly! Here is what I have done.

The elements were taken from a Tim Holtz paper stack that I’ve got – I can’t remember which one it was, but I think it might have been Crowded Attic (or possibly Lost and Found). I laid them out on some background paper from the same stack and stuck them down with Pinflair photo glue, and the sentiment was what I have just made – faux porcelain, embellished with two dull brass coloured brads and adhered with Pinflair gel glue.

Here is the card with its envelope – a plain white one which I distressed with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Detail of the embellishment, complete with its brads:

I am really pleased how well this goes with the other elements!

Finally, a picture of the card insert I made. I scanned the elements from the front of the card and made a digital layout, adding some other elements and an ink blot for good measure, and recoloured them to be the same. The paper was coloured with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, and the edges distressed with my distressing tool. I also added some distress inks to the back of the base card to reduce its stark whiteness.

Being a teacher, I thought she might enjoy these vintage school images. She is also a very talented card-maker so I have to pull the stops out every year so she is not disappointed! She’s very discerning, and always appreciates how much work goes into hand-made cards, which is nice to know, because I suspect that many people have no idea, and put about as much value on an individually-made card as they do on a bought card!

Anyway, hope she enjoys a bit of vintage grunge from the King of Grunge!


  1. That is one of my favourites that you have made!

  2. Gorgeous card - have you got a link to how to do the faux porcelain effect?


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