Mornin’, y’all – it’s Thursday and that means it’s Blog Hop Day! All our Happy Stampers are hopping today, so I know you’ve got a bunch of great projects to see today! Please take a minute to check them all out – and maybe leave us a comment or two. We love hearing what you think of our efforts each week! 🙂
Yesterday I shared a very elegant Wedding card with you – that I also told you was completely not the right card for my friend – who is getting married this weekend – in good jeans, a nice white linen shirt and a Blue western jacket. Please don’t take that as any sort of criticism at all – it’s her day and that is such a perfect choice of outfit for her….and she’ll be comfortable and able to relax and enjoy the day as she marries her best friend! I meant it only to illustrate that yesterday’s card wasn’t right.
I think today’s is. And since it’s on its way to her – I surely hope she thinks so, too!
I used the Occasions stamp sets In the Meadow and Timeless Textures, as well as the For the New Two set from the Annual Catalog. I reprised – basically – my color scheme from yesterday, with the exception of the “color”. Take a look-see:
I’ve been working towards this card for a couple of weeks now – it’s what got me started with In the Meadow, making a Sticky Note mask of the mountains….
She is such a Colorado mountain girl – it’s where we met! – that I knew that mountains had to be in the wedding card. But it’s been hard melding the little bit of frill and bling that I just felt compelled to include in a wedding card with the mountains. The sketch we got for today’s Blog Hop all of a sudden made the lightbulb go off in my head!
Picture it turned vertical! See it now? 🙂
So – I decided to fussy cut my mountain range out and make it be the line between the two sections of the sketch. But, heck, I even waffled over that! I tried….black mountains on Sahara Sand…
Nope – not quite right. So….maybe Versamark mountains on Smoky Slate…
…this one was looking promising until I messed up stamping the sentiment. Which ended up being a good thing – the whole background just completely disappeared when the ribbon was laid on. Back to the drawing board I went.
I finally settled on Basic Black Archival Ink to stamp the In the Meadow mountain image on a panel of Smoky Slate. I stamped the image once and then covered it with my mask and stamped it again. I did re-ink for the second image. 🙂 If you’re wondering, it ended up being 4″ from the bottom of the panel to the top of the tallest mountain.
Then I inked up the filigree image from Timeless Textures in Versamark ink and stamped it all around below the mountain range. I fussy cut the mountains and that piece was done.
For the middle background – yes, there are a lot of layers on this card! – I used a piece of Everyday Chic DSP from the Annual Catalog. Using my Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker, I colored in all the little hearts that would show above the mountains. Then I SNAILd my mountain panel to the Everyday Chic DSP panel.
I wrapped a length of Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim around the card front, securing it in the back with scotch tape. Then I did the same with a piece of Silver 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, letting the lace show below it. Seems a tiny bit like a bridal garter, now that I look at it a little more! Hmmm. 😉
I SNAILd the card front to a panel of Sahara Sand and then to a panel of Marina Mist card stock. Did I mention that her favorite color is blue? Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I stamped the sentiment from For The New Two, in Marina Mist, below the ribbon embellishment. I used my Stampin’ Write Marker to just deepen the color a little on the flowers below the sentiment.
For the flowers, I used the small flower die in the Botanical Builder Framelits for a few flowers in Whisper White. I folded their little petals and then lightly sponged the edges with Marina Mist. I also made a Petite Petal Punch flower in Marina Mist and one from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. I sponged the edges on those two as well with Marina Mist.
Finally, I cut two of the Botanical Builder fern die cuts, one in Silver Foil and one in Marina Mist.
Then I got them all arranged and adhered to the card front. On the top grouping, I used some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Silver Foil fern to the ribbon. Then I added a couple of Glue Dots on top of it and wound several loops of Silver Metallic Thread around and around. Over that went the flowers with more of the Liquid Glue. I did the same in the bottom corner, but without the metallic thread, using the Marina Mist fern and the remainder of the flowers.
I added small Rhinestone Basic Jewels to each flower center and the card front was done!
For the inside, I first stamped the second sentiment from For The New Two in Marina Mist in the center of the Smoky Slate panel. Then I added another In The Meadow mountain over the top of that (I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig again), stamping it in Smoky Slate. To finish it off, I stamped more of the Timeless Textures filigree image in Versamark across the bottom of the panel (leaving myself some room to write a little note!).
I pulled the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig into service again, and stamped more of the filigree in Versamark over the top of the mountains. Then I SNAILd the panel to a mat of Sahara Sand and then to one of Marina Mist. Finally, I SNAILd it into my Basic Gray card base. I did the same with the card front and the card was done!
For the Whisper White Medium Envelope, I stamped the Timeless Textures image on both front corners in Smoky Slate. Then I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to ever so slightly offset a second image, this time stamped in Marina Mist…
…and I made a custom DSP for the liner. Using a piece of White Envelope Paper, which I cut with my Envelope Liner Framelits, I stamped more Smoky Slate filigree images all over the liner. I added the little heart from Bloomin’ Love, in Marina Mist, to coordinate with the hearts on the Everyday Chic DSP on the front of the card. Yes, it’s true – I was out of that design in the Everyday Chic – but, as it turns out, I really like how the custom paper turned out, don’t you?
Et Voila! A wedding card, truly custom made for my friend. I think it has enough elegance to be very pretty, but it’s casual enough to dovetail in very nicely with her wedding. 🙂
Here’s a little bonus – I told you I made a batch of Espresso Chocolate Chip Biscotti for them. Well, since I’m a Stampin’ Up! Demo – it seemed like the right thing to do to make a fun little gift tag to go with.
Now that you’ve seen my card, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today and see what great projects they’ve made to show Sandi their support!
If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!
Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!
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Basic Gray Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″)
Marina Mist Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and inner liner)
Sahara Sand Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (second mat for the card front and inner liner)
Smoky Slate Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front – with mountains – and inner liner)
Everyday Chic DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front behind Smoky Slate panel)
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