Saturday, March 24, 2012

Birthday Cards Today

Hi everyone, today is my Mom's birthday and Dad celebrated his a couple days ago so I thought I'd share the birthday cards I made for them.

This set is called Sweet Violets from Flourishes. I bought it a while ago with Mom in mind and finally got to it. I coloured it with copics and pencils and paired it up with cosmo cricket paper. The frame for the flowers was created with a stamping up corner punch. I nice simple way to 'use up' empty corners. I know mom loves glitter, but this was so pretty on it's own I avoided the temptation.

Next up, Dad's card. We all know it is difficult to make those manly cards so if I can't find something to colour I turn to my stash of 'specialty papers'. These aren't your run of the mill scrapbook papers, many are either hand made, or have the look of hand made and of course my treasured Magenta Maruyama netting got on there. LOVE that stuff!

For this one I used peel off's and they look like nothing on the sheet when you buy them, but oh how exciting they become when you put them on paper because the combination of the polished and matte finish is something you can't get with regular heat embossing. (fyi...I used Cartiera Magnani 140lb cold pressed paper which surprisingly has a very fine texture for a cold pressed paper and takes to this technique very well).

Then I painted them in using a combination of tombow markers, sakura sparkle pens and US Artquest Stargazer's. FYI...all of these products were purchased at Pickle and with the exception of the magenta mesh I think they are all still around. Maybe we can get Kim to bring some of those FAB magenta papers back in stock {hint, hint}. Actually, I just popped over to their blog and OMG...such amazing things arriving that I think I'll have to swing by there this afternoon with my big wallet. I'm in need of some inspiration.

That's it for today, Happy Birthday Mom and Dad!
I'm off to get crafty.


paulatracy said...

Hehe, your parents are luckier than mine. My dad got monstah bash! Lol, you are a good daughter, who gives image appropriate cards. They are nice.

Lynnor said...

Beautiful coloring!!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous violets! Such depth in your coloring. Fabulous masculine card. Great colors, and way to use those peel offs! Beautiful!

Riet said...

What a beautiful cards Linda.

Hugs Riet.xx


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