This was a card created about 5 weeks ago, I couldn't sleep and got up in the middle of the night just before a bridal shower for a dear friend's youngest daughter, Jen, who is also a very treasured friend. I decided to put a simple card together for her shower, as I knew she would appreciate something handmade and from my heart. :)
The card front started with some ideas from a HC card kit, then I went off in my own direction. I took a card panel from the Floral Keys paper collection, and using Art Institute's dries clear glue plus their metal tip, I added some embellishments in each corner using the Lichen transparent glitter. I would have preferred to have had finer strokes of glue, and another time would use a Quickie glue pen, or perhaps I just need more experience using the dries clear glue (likely this is the case), so the glitter lines are a little thicker than I might have chosen. Any suggestions?
I die cut various elements from the Burnished Keys stamp set (first colored with daubers then crackle paint added), using a smaller keyhole and a key on the front that I adhered with 3D dimensionals.
The flowers were cut out from the same HC paper collection as well as some from my stash when I couldn't find the color or texture I wanted to add more variety. Then they were formed, and painted with 3D Stemple paint, then some glittered, and some had glossy accents and/or crackle paint on top.
I've found that when I use a much thicker coat of the Rock Candy crackle paint that I get a more distinctive crackle. I'd love to know of other crackle paints and what you have discovered. Sometimes I'd like to see more distinctive crackle than I've been able to achieve thus so far. I've tried the cracked glass technique in the past (on Bill's Birthday Card) and liked that technique, but I'd love to know of other ways to achieve a more distinct crackle look. Thanks for your input!!!
The flowers and leaves were attached using Crafter's Pick Ultimate glue, I LOVE this glue for flowers, in my limited experience it's the best I've found to this point.
This card front is sitting on the back of my envelope. You can see the dry embossing, but unfortunately the coloring of the reds and greens is not at all clear here but can be seen in the inside view with the envelope back.
Thank you so much for checking out my card. Your comments absolutely make my day--they are a great encouragement and I learn from them.
Date: Friday, July 25, 2014 GMT Views: 1147
Registered: February 9, 2010 Location: Mentone, California Posts: 7380
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 @ 9:06 PM
This just gorgeous with wonderful elements. I like that you have gone lighter for the bridal shower, but still has all the wonderful glitter and texture! GREAT embossed envelope. I had fun doing my Christmas card envelopes... people who don't do crafting are always in awe of the tools we use and the effects we achieve. I'll bet she LOVED this and will treasure it as a keepsake from this occasion.
Registered: February 3, 2005 Location: Delray Beach, FL Posts: 25614
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 3:12 PM
Oh, Joanne, this surely has to be a card Jen will cherish and keep with loving thoughts of you! It's stunning and has some beautiful elements, and I love the sparkle you've added along with the embossed envelope flap (I think that's what you have under it). I just love when the envelope is special too!! Hugs!
Registered: June 23, 2008 Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK Posts: 159
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 5:16 PM
This is just beautiful Joanne. I love the texture, the colours, the dimension and the lovely vintage feel to this card which will be treasured I'm sure.
(thank you for your lovely comment on my male birthday card). xxx
Registered: October 30, 2007 Location: Posts: 17592
Sun, Aug 03, 2014 @ 6:08 PM
Wow, another work of art, Joanne! You are so good at putting so many seemingly different elements together to create a cohesive whole! And I love the crackle paint - thanks for the tip on that. And thank you so much for your lovely comment today on my card. You made my day!!!