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Graduation Pop-Up Card

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  My friend’s daughter has just finished her degree course with First-class honours together with having her dissertation published in a journal.   What an achievement!   For her congratulations card, I used the diamond pop-up card for the base, dimensions of which can be found here . The pop-up section would be the black mortar board cap, so I chose yellow for the card base and black and white for the layers.   I die cut a book and some glasses to decorate the left triangular mat.   The right was decorated with a die cut number 1 and a degree scroll, finished with a tiny piece of ribbon.   The black cap seemed a little plain so I used the stars from Lawn Fawn’s Tiny Backdrops stamps with Versamark ink and heat set with clear embossing powder to add a little interest and texture.   To make the tassel, I wrapped some black embroidery thread around a piece of card and tied the threads together at one edge, then removed the treads from the card.   With another length of thread, I

Pride Wedding

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  Last weekend, we had the pleasure of attending our friend’s daughter’s wedding.   My friend commissioned a card for the happy couple with the theme “gay pride wedding with rainbows” so I began by blending inks in a rainbow pattern over a 7½” square panel.   I spritzed the panel with a little water to give a distressed look.   I die cut a circle from the centre of the panel and set it aside for later.   After sticking some adhesive sheet onto the back of some white card, I die-cut a load of the elements from Altenew Rolled Roses and arranged them onto the panel, removing the insides and sticking the outlines in place.   I trimmed off the overhanging pieces.     Using some more adhesive sheet, I die cut the ladies’ names using Henry’s Alphabet dies by Lawn Fawn and some more of the roses, from the circular cut out.   The letters were cut out again from black card and offset behind the rainbow letters.   The sentiments were heat embossed in gold before arranging the letters and rose

O Little Town

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Christmas in July has been all over social media and fits nicely with my ongoing project to make a few Christmas cards each month.   This week’s makes feature Woodware’s Peaceful Nights, which is a slimline size Bethlehem town stamp.   My first thoughts when I saw this was heat embossing on dark card stock so I used Versamark ink and embossed copper on navy.    I then made another, silver on white, and the last one was black Versafine Clair ink with clear embossing.   For the black and white one, I stamped onto some sticky notes to make masks so I could blend a little brown ink onto the hillsides.   I also blended a little yellow ink inside the stable and over the star before colouring the houses with Copics.     The silver and white panel was coloured with Copic markers in grey shades and I used my new set of metallic pens by Edding to colour in the navy panels.   Lastly, I used the Lacy Frames by Waffle Flowers to layer the cards.  

Another Mice Wedding

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  The Colorado Craft Company Happily Ever After features a scene and critters created by Anita Jeram and is a lovely set but can’t really be used for anything else but weddings.   I bought it last year, as I was going to 2 weddings, so it was good to be able to use it again for this commission. To begin, I stamped the scene and the wedding couple and coloured with Copic markers and coloured pencils.   The bride and groom were die-cut, together with a small gift.  The main requirement I’d been asked to include was the bride and groom’s names.   I used My Favourite Things Stitched Alphabet Banner dies to cut out their names.   There isn’t an ampersand so I used a tiny heart die for between the names. I like the main scene in this set but when it’s all coloured in, I feel that the bride and groom get a bit lost so I played around to see if I could make that more of a background by creating a frame around it.   I don’t have any large frames that are a suitable shape so I used a die a