Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Birthday Card for a Friend

One of my crafting friends turned 70 today so, of course, I made her a card. It just so happens that earlier this week I received an order from Chocolate Baroque which contained three sheets of their new stamp releases, so what better way to try some of them out.
I knew my friend likes butterflies so it was easy to decide which stamp to use as the main image. I wanted to work mainly in one colour, so I cut a 14cm square of white card and used a sponge to add some Memento rhubarb stalk ink, making it darker around the edges. Using the same ink pad I stamped the main image and added a little extra colour with copic markers. I then chose a large swirl stamp from a second sheet of my new stamps, and used sections of it to stamp all around the card. I mounted this onto a dark burgundy base card, and used pink and plum stickles to highlight the spots on the butterfly's wings.

For the corner embellishment I had a go at making some boho flowers. This was only my second attempt and I was very pleased with them. The larger one was not too difficult though the tiny ones were a bit fiddly. I made them from layers of pink card and white heavy paper rubbed with the rhubarb stalk ink pad. While they were still wet I wiped them through some of the ink that I had put on my craft mat, and then when they had dried I added a touch here and there of the darker stickles glitter glue. I could tell you how I made these flowers but a lady called Carole Claxton has kindly put an excellent tutorial on her blog which you can find here, so there is no point in my repeating it all.

Using the off-cuts of the base card, I cut two 'forest branches' with a Marianne die and using the back of one of them so that they both curved inwards, I glued them from the bottom left corner, and then glued the flowers in place over them. A small greeting in the same ink, added to the top right corner, finished it off.

I am linking this card to these challenges:
Scrappy Frogs Challenge: Summer Flowers.
Creative Craft Challenge: Pretty Blossoms.
Ooh La La Creations Challenge 83: Summer Flowers.
Make it Monday 44: All Papercrafts
Joyful Stamper: Inspire me Fridays 14 linky party.


Mona E said...

OMG!!! You have done such a fabulous job on this. Love the distessing and stamping. Looove those flowers too. It is a gorgeous monochromatic card. Hugs...Mona

Di said...

Hi Kate

Fabulous work! Here I am sitting in Hampshire, meant to be in bed long ago, yet I've found both this and your other blog fascinating. For some reason favourites aren't appearing (my blog is also playing up that way - did it a few weeks ago then cleared itself up) but I'll be back to add myself! Do keep crafting and writing! Di xx

Kerrie said...

Beautiful card, lovely colour and layout, the flowers are so sweet!

Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

veronica said...

lovely card Kate - glad you tried the flowers, they look great!

Lisa Jane said...

Stunning card - gorgeous colours and fabulous butterflies
Thanks for linking up to make it monday
Lisa x

Hannah said...

wow there really pretty. :) i love them
love hannah xx

Di said...

Hi Kate, Di again! Your followers have reappeared, mine have too! Goodness knows what Bogger is playing at - am adding myself to yours while the going is good!! Di xx

Jean Straw said...

This is gorgeous Kate, beautiful colour and lovely flowers.Jean x

Melissa S. said...

This is a beautiful card. Your friend is very lucky.

Glenda Atkins said...

Ok, way to go, this is my FAVORITE style of card. Your card is just so wonderful - wow!! Love it..

Angy B said...

such a pretty card Kate. I love the colours you've used too. Angy x

sandra's crafty corner said...

OMG i bet she loved this card, i sure do, love the style and colours you chose to use, perfect thanks for sharing with us at creative craft challenges and the best of luck,
hugs sandra DT

Saskia said...

Lovely card! Your friend will be very pleased. Great flowers, must be fun to make.

dragonllew said...

Great card thanks for joining our Pretty Blossoms challenge at Creative Craft Challenge hope to see you again next time.
Jenny x