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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