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by Julie Brooks

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Monday, 18 June 2012

a few cards made for an order

Hi everyone

Hope you're all ok and that you've had a good Monday.

Just a quick post from me today to show you some cards I made recently for a friend. I wasn't been able to share them before as she's only just taken delivery of them in the last few days and it wouldn't have been fair.

So, I hope you like them and as always your comments/feedback are welcomed and invaluable.

For this first one I built up layers of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink until I was happy with the depth and variation of colour all over the card. Then onto this I stamped the bird cages, foliage and hummingbird stamps (Kaisercraft). Then I added the two butterflies which I coloured with Distress Markers, together with the two flowers, also coloured using Distress Markers. I added the two sentiments and to finish I added Stardust and Black Diamond Stickles to various elements to provide a bit of sparkle, although you can't really see that in the photo.

This next one used a Craftwork Cards Elegant card blank. I stamped the background using two different stamps - one a script stamp and one called "Antique Wallpaper". I stamped them both using the same colour Distress Ink (which might have been Wild Honey but not 100% sure because it's a few weeks since I made them now!). Next I stamped on the birdcages, foliage and hummingbird stamps, and then I added the little black butterflies. I added the big butterfly (Kaisercraft) and coloured this with Distress Markers. Finally I added the two Craftwork Cards butterfly sentiments, which I also inked up, and highlighted various elements with Stickles.

Finally I made this anniversary card. I cut some turquoise cardstock and wrapped some lovely silver ribbon around (I can't remember the name of this ribbon but no doubt anyone reading this will do!), which I tied in a knot as I think bows are quite tricky to get right and I'm not very good at them! I stamped the two butterflies (these may also have been Kaisercraft but I do have a few different ones so can't be sure!) onto white cardstock using VersaMark and embossed them using silver embossing powder. During the heat embossing process I added in some turquoise glitter to give the wings a lovely coloured glimmer and you can see this better in the close-up below. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. I fixed them to the card using Glossy Accents and folded the wings up for dimension. Next I stamped the two sentiments using two different clear stamps and cut out the card, rounded the edges and inked around them with a blue to match the turquoise card, and fixed them using foam pads. Finally I added the three little square mosaic crystals bottom right.

A close-up of the butterflies to show the turquoise glitter glimmering away.

OK, that's me for today. I hope you enjoyed reading about these three cards and thank you, as always, for taking the time out to see what I've been up to.

Take care and see you all soon.

Love from me xx