Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Going Green

Today I was making a card on the theme Christmas wings, which for me has to be a robin or an angel. I have so many lovely angel stamps, so that's what I went for. I also wanted to work in monochrome and I thought angels are nealy always white, blue or gold, but why not a green angel? It would be different.
After Antonia, the lovely lady who runs our village post office, explained to me how the Spanish mail is priced, I have tried to stick to standard sizes for my cards. It makes sense to use A6 size for any that I may be posting to UK, but the 'standard small envelope' out here is a little larger then in England, so sometimes I cut a base card to just fit one of these. I prefer it to A6 as I have a little more space to work on, but it is not economical as I can only cut one from an A4 sheet of card. Today I chose to do this using a sheet of lime green card. For the backing paper I dabbed a green Marvy blending-blox onto my silicone mat, spritzed it with water and layed white paper on it. When it was dry, I cut it to fit the base card and used a Martha Stewart doily lace punch down each side.

Next I chose this lovely stamp by Great Impressions and stamped it with Memento cottage ivy, and coloured it with copic markers. Then I used black Stazon to stamp just the wings twice onto acetate, dabbed green alcohol inks on the back and cut out both wings from the first image, and then just the front one from the second. I cut a slot along the angel's back and tucked the edge of the wings through it so I could secure them with tape on the back. Then, starting with the largest nestability no 4 label die, I drew round it and extended it a little in length and quite a lot in width and cut out a template. I put this over my angel image, drew round it and cut it out by hand, and distresed the edges with the same memento ink. I then used the small Nestability die and an Art Journey sentiment stamp to make the small label. Finally I mounted up the layers and added three lime green gems to the top left and bottom right edges.

This card is for:

Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 25: Christmas wings.
Craft your Days Away Challenge 22: Monochrome, and
Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge 10: Lemon and Lime.


Jean Straw said...

Green angels are quite unusual but I really like one, and I like that sentiment too. Jean x

Hazel said...

The angel colouring is unusual, but it certainly works well with the tones of the card - a fab job - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 25 - hope to see you again soon. x

Gaynor said...

Hi Kate, this is nice, the green makes a refreshing change and a reminder that I must start on my christmas cards soon lol. Thanks for sharing with us at CYDA and good luck with the challenge, Gaynor DT.xx

P.S I have sent you the link for the baby image

Hannah said...

love hannah xx

Crafting Joanne said...

Wonderful card Kate, love the shades of green.

Thank you for joining us for our Monochrome challenge over at CYDA.


Joanne x

Ruth said...

Your angel card is beautiful. And, thank you for the suggestion to put something in the upper right corner of my mittens card. I added some gems, and it looks much better!

Lesley said...

Great card, the angel is lovely. Thanks for taking part in the CYDA challenge xx

Going Green said...

I think the best way to go green is for all environmentalists to lead by example. But so many special interest groups want us to deplete our lifestyles and tell us that if we question the vitality of global warming, that we're heretics. I'm a Democrat, but I have no interest in destroying our already weak economy to be a 'preservationist’. One easy way to "go green" is to switch to organic cotton. Cotton is the world’s second dirtiest crop, and switching to organic would mean saving 456 million lbs of pesticides a year! Very informative post, thanks for sharing this. We all have to save our mother earth!