Line had a request for me to do a birthday card for Thor when he turned two in June. Since Thor’s parents (and thus Thor, I guess) are very into cars – especially those that can drive fast – I decided to do a card with a racer car. When googling racer car card (or something to that effect) I found this card and decided to do my very own take on this card. I made the scene behind the race car much more elaborate than it is on the original card by using distress inks to create a sky and some soft green hills and adding a piece of black cardstock decorated with white gel pen to serve as the road the car drives along.
Since birth Thor’s colours have been lime, blue and white and of course his racer card had to sport these colours too. Thankfully, the car was simple to paper piece and I could use circle dies for the wheels since hand cutting circles is almost impossible. Since Thor turned two the car number was of course 2.
I suspended the banner from two pieces of paper straw and in order for the car to sit at the right height, I used extra pieces of the straw instead of foam adhesive. This means the card probably wouldn’t have fared well if it had gone in the mail – but thankfully it didn’t have to.
Ombre is still going strong and I did this card for a feature on Scrapsister’s blog when the site still existed. I used a Memory Box stencil and distress inks to create the ombre background. Once I had all my colours down I added a few splashes of water to the background to give it an even more dreamy effect.
When it came to decorating the card, I went with some delicate seam binding, a few tiny tags and some sequins. Some times that is all that is needed when the focus is on the work done to the background.
And with that another year has passed and it is time for me to send a card out to Bertram for his first day of school! It is the third time I am doing this which is a little hard to believe actually: 1. year and 2. year can be seen by following the links.
This time around I made the card using a technique from Online Card Classes’ Background Check: I made my own stencil using dies. Since I was aiming for a school themed card I chose a Papertrey Ink border die with numbers. I used four different colours of Distress Inks to colour through the stencil, and afterwards I stamped small stars in the same four colours in the spaces between the numbers.
As far as embellishments and sentiments go, I chose a large number 2 and combined it with a banner on which I stamped 2. klasse (2nd grade). I mounted the large 2 on foam adhesive and added some silver thread beneath it. As a final touch I added some silver glittery stars around the embellishment cluster.
Håber 1. skoledag i 2. klasse gik godt, Bertram!
I’ve added this card to Lawnscaping’s Back to School challenge.
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!