On a lighter note - here is a birthday card I made for my aunty - I'm totally in love with it - from the monochrome colour scheme to the distressed edges and the curled corners. Just yum. :)
I wanted the main emphasis to be on the bow and the word 'auntie' and I hope that is what this card achieves. I went for the colours I did as her and my uncle were known to be pretty heavy goths in their day - and they still like all the dark colours. Its a pretty clean and elegant card - as she doesn't like flowers and such.
Here is a close up of that gorgeous bow - the black organza ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl, check their website out, honestly, their products, prices and customer service is unbeatable!! I tried to burn the ends of the ribbon to stop them fraying - but as you can tell it didn't really work. I was afraid I was going to set the whole thing a-light, so I just left it.
Can you see the little heart shape? That is made from a standard paperclip - I love it, if I was making more Valentine's cards I would make a tonne of these - although after a while bending all that metal would hurt your fingers. I used some of my new Stickles in Frosted Lace to go over my Basic Grey Cappella Chipboard letters - to give them a bit of oompfhh! The Hero Arts sentiment is embossed in silver embossing powder.
I have used patterned papers from My Minds Eye Meadow Lark collection - really fancy papers, and can I just say, the paper pack smells delicious!! (Can you tell I haven't had much exciting for my tea..) I added some Prima rhinestones in the top corner to add a bit of interest and fill the dead space.
The extra long vintage pins are also from The Ribbon Girl, and my gosh, they are extra long!! LOL. I used one in a previous card and it was sticking out of the design - so I tried to cut it, but to no avail - I had to leave it.. oops. I made sure they stopped in place by adding a few drops of Glossy Accents around each of them.
The card base is some light gray cardstock from American Crafts. All the distressing has been done with the Tonic - paper distresser, handy little tool that, I like it. I've wanted one for ages but only recently bought one. I'm glad I did now. I've also ordered myself an ATG 700 gun, excited about setting that up and getting it rolling.
Anyway, thats enough chatter for tonight - my heads pounding and I must get my bag sorted for tomorrow along with another 100 things I'll have to do before bed! :) Thanks for stopping by, have a nice night. xo