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by Julie Brooks

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Monday, 9 July 2012

Horse Shoe - again! (See full post below for more!)

Hi again!

Just checked that blog post and it seems one of the photos isn't enlarging when I click on it, so in case everyone else has the same problem, here's the photo again and fingers crossed it works this time!
Byeee! xx

Pretty Little Prints Horseshoe and Wedding Card

Hello everyone

Well, what a weekend, with the British F1 Grand Prix and the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final - great entertainment.

But, time romps on and it's Monday all too soon.

So, in yesterday's post I said I'd share some crafty pics with you, so not to break my promise, here they are! Towards the end of last week I made a beautiful horseshoe and matching wedding card using Craftwork Cards latest range, Pretty Little Prints, together with some embossed papers and frames, and some of my stash of flowers previously purchased from them.
So, this was my template - a rusting shire horse shoe! We found it in our garden when we moved here almost two years ago and it had remained in the garden ever since, as there is no way we would throw anything so lucky away! It still had one tack left in it too! So, I drew around this onto some chipboard to get my authentic horse shoe shape, then I cut it out and covered it with Pretty Little Prints papers on both sides. I marked up roughly where the holes would be if it was a real horse shoe and punched them through using my Crop-a-dile. Next I set about creating some beautiful multi-layer dimensional flowers to go on the front. I chose colours to tie in with the colours on the paper. Some petals I folded down, others up, and once happy with the shapes of the individual layers I stuck them together using silicone glue and fixed one of the designs of Pretty Little Prints Candi to all of the flower centres, in the same design as the paper on the base. While the flowers dried I chose my ribbons, threaded them through a hole at the top on one side, tied a double knot in the back to hold them in place and then twisted them around and around eachother before threading them through the hole on the other side and again tying a double knot on the back to hold them in place. I fixed all the flowers in place and left the whole thing to dry overnight. Then the next day I sprayed with lacquer and sprinkled ultrafine glitter all over the horse shoe to give it some sparkle. I left it to dry for about 20 minutes and then repeated this process, and then did it again one more time. The finished look is sparkly and luxurious and definitely something special for a bride on her wedding day. Well, that's my opinion, but what do you think?
A view of the back

A view of the front - I placed it slightly skewy on the table to photograph but can assure you the bottom flower is in the middle!
A close-up of the big flower at the bottom of the hose shoe - see how sparkly it is?
A closer view of the smaller flowers, part of the horse shoe base and ribbon - again, very sparkly
A side-on close-up view of the large flower to show the petal shapes and dimension achieved
Next I set about making a wedding card to tie in with the horse shoe design. I'd made some extra flowers when making those for the horse shoe, and I used a large one and a smaller one, which I had already lacquered and glittered as with the others. The card has been kept simple. I used a Craftwork Cards Fanciful 8 inch card blank and to this I attached an embossed fanciful frame onto which I'd fixed some of the same paper as used on the horse shoe (fixed on the back to fill the aperture). I cut down one of the message bands to fit the centre, fixed the sentiment "Wedding Wishes" onto this using foam pads, then fixed the two flowers, one at either side. This piece was then fixed to the card base using foam pads.
Another close-up to see the beautiful flower in more detail
I hope you like these designs. I am in love with them and will definitely make more along these lines as I think they're very special - perfect for a very special day. I just need to make nice presentation boxes for them now!

I'll be back soon, but meantime take care and have a great week.

Love from me xx