Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Vintagey Sizzix Accordion Album Card

I did enjoy making this card this afternoon... I like the look of the chalkboard effect that is around at the moment, and wanted to have a go myself. This was a pretty simple card really, with the black cardstock panels (cut with Karen Burniston's Frame & Label, Bracket die) just having one stamped image on each. I cut four pink sections with the Accordion Album die, and added the outer frames, again using the Frame & Label, Bracket die.
 I liked the idea of adding an embellishment to each section, all made with pages from an old Sherlock Holmes book.
The first section has a stamp from October Afternoon 'Five & Dime' set, and flowers cut with Sizzix 3-D Flowers Bigz die. I'm quite proud of these flowers - they took me a while to make, as I have definitely NOT got the hang of putting them together yet. (Maybe some nice person will have put a Youtube tutorial together on how to do it more quickly - will have to go and check...) Leaves cut by hand.
I stamped with VersaMark watermark ink, and added Stampendous 'Detail White Opaque' Embossing powder. The images come out really beautifully crisp, but I grungied them up a bit with a stick of chalk.
The background paper has the most wonderful pattern of vintage bathing suits on it (I think it's by Webster's Pages), but I didn't fussy cut it very well, so you can't really see how cool it is.)
 The second section has a Tim Holtz stamp on from 'Way with Words' set, and birds (which I first mounted onto thicker cardstock) cut with Karen Burniton's Birds on a Wire die.
 Third section: a stamp by Personal Impressions - Beryl Peters Collection (this might be really old - I bought it on ebay a couple of years ago), and some handmade bunting.
 And the last section has another stamp from the October Afternoon set, and a bow which I am also quite pleased with. I don't have a bow die, and cut the sections for it myself.
I've given the card to my daughter - it is her one year anniversary today of having Type 1 Diabetes... we kind of reckon 3rd September should be like a second birthday for her - the birthday of her Diabetes, but a celebration for having successfully kept her alive for the previous year!

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  1. Happy DiaBirthday to your daughter! That's a wonderful milestone and definitely worth celebrating. Your Accordion Album is stunning. Love the chalkboard look and that fabulous bow!

  2. What a wonderful way to look at Diabetes! And a wonderful card too, - such a fun chalkboard look. I like that you embellished all the panels too.
    Cheers, Karen

  3. Such a wonderful way to look at a milestone Helen! This is one gorgeous card, I so love the accordian die and have just made some 'chalk board' and this has inspired me to do something with it! Thank you for your inspiration!

  4. I always love to see what you have been creating! It's marvelous the way you used the chalkboard technique on each section and the black/pink/beige color combo is so wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing your project!

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  5. Wow Helen, that's beautifull !!

    Hugs Monique

  6. Best of luck to your daughter. The card is wonderful, including those flowers you say are troublesome. When rolling flowers I use a quilling tool - maybe that could help. That bow on the right is so perfectly pretty.

  7. I came here from your FB page just to see how you made that cool chalkboard effect. And, I now have the opportunity for you to convey to your daughter that this challenge will make her stronger, and stronger. She will be able to conquer anything life throws her. Management of her Diabetes will give her the victory. God bless you both.