Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Monday, March 14, 2011

Apertures

When I saw that this week's challenge from Bah! Humbug! is Apertures I knew exactly what I would do because it was already at the planning stage in my head! Last Christmas I used my newly aquired bobbin-lace skills to make some tree decorations inside fine metal bangles, and I sold these at a Christmas Fayre to raise funds for my church. Although they sold, I realised that I had left it far too late to make them, and they would have looked so much more professional if I had presented them better. Several people said that they would have made nice little gifts to put in with Christmas cards, so this year I intend to make them much earlier and to mount, at least some of them, on a card. I have only made one so far this year, so last night I made an aperture card to hang it in. And here it is.
I printed out two sheets of background paper from the Artylicious 'Season's Greetings' CD, in colours which matched the threads I used for the decoration, and used these to almost cover a lilac pearlescent card. I used my CraftRobo to cut a matching paper scalloped circle and stuck this to the centre of the card. With a Nestabilty circle die, I then cut an aperture through all the thicknesses together and hung my decoration using masking tape on the inside so that it can easily be removed from the card to hang on a tree. I didn't like the plain white circle behind the aperture, so I printed another matching paper from the CD in fast draft with reduced ink, so it is very pale, and I used the reverse side of this for my insert, so the feint pattern shows through behind the decoration.

I am entering this card for the
Bah! Humbug Challenge 10.

4 comments:

Ann said...

oh wow Kate this is just gorgeous. The colours you've used are just so vibrant. Love it.
Ann xxx
Bah! Humbug! DT

Valerie said...

Beautiful lace work Kate and such a lovely idea to hang in a card :)
Val x

Jean Straw said...

A very pretty card Kate. Jean

veronica said...

very original idea Kate - and a lovely result