I’m branching out and trying to enter more challenges this year. I have found that they are a great way to challenge yourself. I work as a hairdresser for an upscale retirement community and have spent the last couple of weeks making birthday cards for the residents to give to one of their neighbors for their birthday. I have collected a lot of Art Impression stamps especially in the groups they call “Golden Oldies” and “Girlfriends“. This particular stamp is one I have had for many years. I think it was the first one I bought. It’s called “Fred and Millie Q1244“. I just love this sweet scene of these two sitting on a bench. We have a bench just like this one where I work and have often seen one or two of our residents sitting on it. We’re in California, in the Bay Area, and we don’t see snow but it does get chilly.
This is how I made the card
Of course, I first stamped the image and then colored it with Copic Markers. Since the couple are on a bench I knew I wanted the card to look as if the view was looking at them through a window. The base of the card measures 5.5″ x 7″ and is white cardstock. I made a double frame by using three Spellbinders Nested rectangles from their set called “Card Creater“. It has eight dies in the set. I use this set a lot. I simply nested a smaller die inside of a larger die so that it created a frame when it was cut. Then I repeated the same process for another frame. I glued the smaller frame to the larger one so that it sort of looked like window molding. I felt that my scene needed a winter tree so I used the “All Seasons Tree” by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs and didn’t add any leaves or flowers dies that come with this die set but I did use the die as a stencil to make the black lines on the tree.
I used a gray cardstock to cut the tree. I then positioned the tree inside the double frame where I liked it in my little scene and cut off some branches to fit. Once I had my scene completed I felt it needed drapes to look more like a window instead of just a matted picture. Luckily, I found a brown cardstock and a printed designer paper that worked together in my stash. I cut a piece of the dotted designer paper 5″ x 12″ and then just scored it in quarter inch increments all across the 12″ piece of cut paper. When you score the paper you need to flip the paper over at every other score so that you are able to pleat it easily. I then cut two pieces of pleated paper the size I needed for my curtains. My finished 2 pleated panels measure 5″ x 1″each. The sentiment tag was made by first in Word on my computer and then cut with the smallest rectangle die in the same Spellbinder set. Thanks for taking a look.
- Materials List
- White cardstock
- Brown cardstock – Recollections Spice Market
- Brown dotted designer paper – DCWV The Timeless Texure Stack
- Spellbinders Cardmaker dies
- All Seasons Tree – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Copic Markers: B21, 23, 24 BG10,11,13,72 E00,30,71,74 RV10,25 Y8,13,15 N0
- Art Impressions wood mounted stamp Fred and Millie