Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A slightly different wedding card

I thought tonight I would just do a short post about a wedding card I made a couple of weeks ago for my niece. She was married yesterday so I can now post the card on here. My niece is not your everyday hearts and roses sort of a lass. She always said she would get married at a bikers rally, but she has kind of grown beyond that so she settled for the slightly more conventional setting of the bandstand in the park, followed by a medieval banquet! So I had to think a while about the card. In the end I settled on a pair of swans. They are very faithful birds who mate for life, so I thought they might make a suitable image.
I used an Angela Burke designed cutting template that I bought from crafts'u'print. I ungrouped the elements and cut the birds and separate wings from white starburst paper, and their reflections and the moon from holographic silver paper, using my silhouette cameo machine. For the base I used some dark blue textured card which I spritzed with midnight glimmer mist. I then masked off the upper section and sprayed the lower section again, this time with moon-shadow walnut stain - smokey sapphire. I found a very old stamp of a wave pattern and stamped this in dark blue all over the lower section for the water. Then I glued in place the swans and their reflection. I raided my stash of feathers and found a few white ones which I glued on the wings, and then used silicone glue to fix these slightly proud of the main bird images. (My cats went mad when I opened my feather box, and it's a wonder I have any left). When it was dry I gave the panel a very narrow frame of the holographic paper, and then mounted it onto a plain white card. Again using my cutting machine and the same white glitter paper as I used for the swans, I cut two pairs of joined hearts. I then managed to cut out the wording so it would fit on the moon and hearts as in the picture. My camera has picked up lots of coloured reflections in the holographic paper, which is the effect I wanted, so I was quite pleased with the end result.

I am entering this for the following challenges:
Take Time for You, Challenge 59; Blue.
Creative Craft Challenges; We're Talking the Colour Blue.
Stampavie and More Challenge 161; Blue and White.
Crafting for All Seasons, Challenge 19: Blue and White.
Let's Craft and Create Challenge 37
; valentine/Romantic.
Joyful Stamper; Inspire me Fridays 43; Anything Goes.


Di said...

Oh Kate - just perfect! Love the swans and the feathers are such a lovely touch. I bet the happy couple were totally delighted! Di xx

MaxineD said...

Beautiful - with loads of dimension and colour.

Diane said...

A beautiful card. I like the reflections you have made with the swans. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Let's Craft & Create.

Heidi said...

Your card is gorgeous!
Beautiful details:)
Thank you for your lovely comment, I really do appreciate it.
Have a great day, hugs:)

Cheryl said...

oh this really is one,gorgeous card such beautiful detail bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week hugs Cheryl xx

veronica said...

great idea Kate, bet they loved it! Like the feathery wings, nice touch - glad the cats enjoyed the feathers, good way to get them ready distressed......

Mandy said...

Your card is stunning Kate.

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge.
Bev x

Saskia said...

Lovely card. Those swans are just perfect! My cats are hopeless too when I'm using feathers but I always tend to forget about that until the next time I use them.

Maria Matter said...

Beautiful hun, love the use of holographic paper!
Thanks for sharing!

I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays!

craftykitten said...

Great card, love how you did the reflection. Thanks for joining in with our blue and white challenge at CFAS.
Dawn S xx

Shoshi said...

Oh Kate I simply ADORE this swan card!!! It's absolutely stunning... the real feathers, the fabulous reflections, the symbol of faithfulness... I made a photographic card of 2 swans facing each other for my parents for their wedding anniversary once - I did it with a copy and paste and then reversed the pasted one and joined them together - and then my mum (a great bird expert) said that they were both male swans and wouldn't kiss like that lol lol!!! Having a pair of males in a compromising position for a wedding anniversary wasn't so appropriate ROFL!!! You can see the card here: http://s496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/shoshiplatypus/Photographic%20Cards/?action=view&current=10a7d1ef.jpg

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, and glad you like the photos of the show! Complimentary colours are always fun - purple/orange, red/green etc. I like a good contrast! As soon as I can afford it (cleaned myself out on Thurs lol!) the next thing to get is some procion dyes for the silk bits I bought. They seem to be the dye of choice for textile art, and you can also make them up as a paste for printing. Too much to do, too little energy!

Didn't make it onto WOYWW this week as I was busy preparing for the show and trying to save energy.