Still pressing on even if I do feel the pressure of catching up. I will get there eventually, I am sure. I’ve cut back a bit on decorations because it is more important for me to simply do the documenting.
Week 24 was a hot week here in Germany but it was also a really good week with time spent with Finn and Lone as well as time away in Ingolstadt with The Augustesens.
Ingolstadt takes up the entire right page of this spread. I chose to add the gift card we got from The Augustesens for our cobber anniversary since it was on a PL card to begin with. And since it was pink it set the tone for the rest of the spread.
I’ve added these pages to Simon Says Stamps’ Monday Challenge: Make a Plan. PL-pages are sort of a planner / diary, and my plan was also to get caught up (or at least to get somewhat caught up) by getting these pages done.
I took inspiration from this card when I wanted to create something using Clearly Besotted Good times stamp set. But I did make some changes because I felt it suited my style / my card better: I moved the sentiment and kept it very subtle, I stamped the bike in a charcoal grey and I used a soft pink patterned paper – all in all the changes made my card even more feminin and softer than the original.
I really liked the idea of adding a shadow beneath the bike so I did that too – I simply sketched lightly with a grey coloured pencil.
I’ve signed up for and participated in Online Card Classes’s latest class: Background Check which is all about creative ways of making backgrounds. Kristina Werner taught us how to add colours to embossed backgrounds and I must say that colouring really adds a lot to an embossed background. For my first attempt at this technique I used a Sizzix embossing folder and distress inks to colour the embossed areas. Initially, I used a dauber to add the colours but I quickly realised that I prefered using a q-tip because I felt it was easier to control.
When it came to designing the actual card, I took a cue from Kristina Werners design but took it in a slightly different direction. I added some rustic twine around the front of the card, a small stamped sentiment and some cobbery sequins.
I want my bows to have ends that look nice and this often leads me to glueing down a part of the ends of the bows. On this card I tucked one end under the sentiment and thereby keeping this end of the bow in place.
This background could look like it was just stamped (at least in photos) but the texture of the piece is really cool because of the embossing.
And just a final glimpse of the card where the sequins catch the light and show off their shine and shimmer.
I’ve added this card to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes!