A chicken card was requested and I was very happy to oblige! This is such a fun card to put together with simple stamping and paper piecing! I stamped the chicken wire in Smoky Slate ink first, stamped the straw with Delightful Dijon ink and using a blender pen and more Dijon ink I added extra colour to the straw. I inked the edges of the Whisper White panel with Soft Suede ink and layered it onto a mat of Real Red CS. I added the gingham ribbon to the Lost Lagoon panel before gluing that to the front of the Real Red A6 card base. I stamped and paper pieced the chicken and eggs, inked all the edges with Soft Suede ink and coloured the beak with a Pumpkin Pie marker. I cut the 'Cluck Cluck' sentiment out with the SU! Word Window punch, popped that up and I also popped up the eggs. I attached the chicken to the card with an action wobble spring so the chicken moves - hours of endless amusement!
Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.
At last month's card group meeting Elizabeth asked me for advice about designs for sympathy cards. I must confess I've made so few of them and I personally would choose to send a 'Thinking of You' card rather than a 'With Sympathy' card. Anyway, after giving the matter some thought and considering what I would be comfortable designing for a sympathy card I came up with some guidelines. This is what is suitable and appropriate for a sympathy card - in my view. Everyone has different ideas, opinions and personal preferences of course, but here's the list of guidelines I'd choose to follow myself:
- Use a soft, muted colour palette
- Use a limited number of colours
- Don't use black
- Keep to a simple, uncluttered design and avoid fancy folds and busy patterns
- Use classic, elegant images as opposed to cute images - nature images are great
- Use textures to add interest rather than patterned papers and embellishments
- Keep bling to a minimum
- Be subtle, not showy, aim for a serene, tranquil look and feel without making the design sombre
Having come up with the list I felt it would be good to design a card using the guidelines. I've used the very pretty Taylored Expressions 'Embrace Beauty' stamp set which has a collection of circular silhouette images plus several sentiments. The set contains a 'With Sympathy' wording stamp but for my card I used 'Thinking of You' instead. I took along the whole set and let the ladies choose which wording they wanted. A stepped up version of this design could easily be made by adding extra layers, colours and some embellishments and it would be suitable for many more occasions.
I've kept to a green and cream combo using SU! Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla. I've used an embossing folder and some pretty crochet trim to add texture. I cut out the stamped image with a circle die, layered it onto a larger Very Vanilla circle and popped it up.
As well as larger circular images, the 'Embrace Beauty' stamp set contains some smaller circular images so I used one of those to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope flap. I cut out the stamped images with a 1 3/4" circle punch.
The last card features one of my newly acquired SU! stamp sets, the beautiful 'Birthday Blossoms' set. Page 8 of the SU! catalogue has a photo of a lovely card made with the set and I decided to make my own version of it. I fancied a pretty, summery, yellow and blue combo and I opted for Marina Mist as my blue. I dug out some old, retired, SU! Barely Banana CS to make the A6 card base and I stamped the flower cluster image as a background in Daffodil Delight ink. I stamped the leaves in Wild Wasabi ink, stamped the flowers and sentiment in Marina Mist and stamped a few random speckles in Crumb Cake ink. I die cut the white banner shape and glued just a part of a Marina Mist banner behind so I could have a contrasting section at the bottom. I added the strip of ribbon and glued the label to the card front. I punched the three flowers, shaped them and popped them up. I added a rhinestone jewel to complete the card front.
Here's the inside of the card and the envelope. I used stamped off once Daffodil Delight ink to stamp the flower cluster images and I stamped two more sentiments from the set in Marina Mist ink.
Supplies for chicken cluck cluck card:
Stamps: Woodware 'No Spring Chicken' set, Inkylicious 'Chicken Wire' background stamp
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Real Red, So Saffron & Whisper White
Patterned paper: Kaisercraft 'Mistletoe' paper pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Delightful Dijon & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Word Window' punch
Embellishments & accessories: red & white gingham ribbon, Action Wobble Spring, SU! Dimensionals
Supplies for bird & branch thinking of you card:
Stamps: Taylored Expressions 'Embrace Beauty' set
CS: PaperMania cream square card blank, SU! Pear Pizzazz & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Pear Pizzazz
Tools: Crafts Too 'Leafy Swirl' embossing folder, circle Nestabilities dies, 1 3/4" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Victoria Crochet Trim, 3D foam tape
Supplies for flowers best day ever card:
Stamps: SU! 'Birthday Blossoms' set, speckle stamp from SU! 'Itty Bitty Backgrounds' set
CS: SU! Barely Banana, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist & Wild Wasabi
Tools: Sizzix 'Banners, Fancy' Framelits die set, SU! 'Pansy' punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewel, Dimensionals