Today is my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary – not bad going, is it!! I have spent this afternoon making a card for them.
I took some bright turquoise-blue card and trimmed it to size to mat onto an A5 card, and stamped it all over with Versamark, using a U-Mount texture stamp in a cracked, or crazy paving pattern, overlapping the stamped areas to give a good coverage. I then sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat embossed it.
Using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and an Inkylicious Ink Duster, I inked in from the edges so that the stamped pattern showed through as the original blue against a darker background, fading into the centre where there was no inking. I sprinkled a little water over the background and then blotted it off for a splatter effect but it is very subtle and not at all obvious!
I then took two swirl stamps, the first a Crafty Individuals one and the other from the Stamp Barn, and stamped these onto the top two-thirds of the background, using Versamark, and then heat-embossed them using silver embossing powder.
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark, using my new alphabet stamp set, onto a scrap of the same blue card, and then heat embossed the letters with silver embossing powder. I cut each letter out and glued them down onto strips of silver mirror card, using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive (the best wet glue I have ever used!). These strips were then stuck down onto the card using the same glue.
The card base was made from a sheet of plain white A4 card, folded to A5 and trimmed slightly, and then inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink, and the embossed card was then matted and layered onto this.
The final touch was to add a purchased white feather butterfly with silver glitter and gems, adhering it with hot glue over the silver swirls.
Another project done in the nick of time – it is now 4 p.m. and my parents are arriving for fish and chips at 6 p.m.!! Phew…