Saturday, June 26, 2010

Love Without End Bookmark Card

I'm working on making cards for a swap I'm participating in next week.  I made my required masculine cards already with my horse post on June 17.  Here's what I came up with for my required feminine cards.

I wasn't able to capture the swirled embossing on the black vase that I made with an octagon Nestability cut in half, and now that I look at my photo here on my blog, the colors look kind of washed out.   I tried indoor shots and outdoor shots and this is just going to have to do because I've spent way too much time on trying to capture a good photo.  The pink on the flower really is quite pretty.  I wish my friend, Sabrina the photographer, lived here, but it'd probably be asking a lot of her to travel all the way from Ireland to take my photos for me, huh?

Well, I'll just try to explain what I did to make my card for those of you who like the details.  The colors are Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery cardstock accented with black.  The green and white polkadotted designer paper is by American Crafts and does match Certainly Celery quite well in real life.  I heat embossed the Love Without End floral in black on pink designer paper (it's kind of polkadotted), cut it out, and popped up on a dimensional; the flower stem and the word "friend" are also heat embossed to make the black more prominent as opposed to when you just stamp with black ink.  We aren't suppose to use a sentiment on our designs as a part of this swap, so I'll keep this card for a friend and come up with something else to replace it on the bookmark.  The leaf on the right side of the flower stem was punched with the 1" circle punch and punched again by inserting the leaf almost halfway back into the circle punch to shape the leaf.

The corner piece is actually a detachable bookmark, which I made as part of the Our Daily Bread Designs blog challenge.  This was a technique challenge over on Splitcoaststampers all the way back to September of 2008.  Here's a link to TLC187 in case you're interested in making some yourself.  These bookmarks are so easy to make, and would make great little gifts for those who love to read.  Here's a picture of it removed from the greeting card.  Cute idea, huh? 

We're also required to use two embellishments on our swap cards.  For this card, I used a black brad and the pink polkadotted ribbon.  I used my wavy border punch for the black and pink panel behind my main image.  For the center of the flower I used the Boho Blossoms and 1/4" circle punches.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'd love to hear what you think of this card as a card for a swap.


Sabrina said...

I wouldn't mind coming if I could afford it :D. But sometimes colours don't go right for me either.
I was admiring the layout with that corner before I realised is was a bookmark. Isn't funny how when you see something that looks good, then when you see the same thing slightly different (like the card without the bookmark) it's so hard to decide which is MORE right. Maybe they're both just more right.
That octagon makes a lovely pot for the flower, and I love the little swirl opposite the leaf. Could you just use a similar sort of swirl on the bookmark instead of the sentiment?

Stacy Morgan said...

Cute! I like that the bookmark detatches and its a fun one. Great job with the swap.

Susan said...

Yes! A very cute idea. Lovely.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow,Charlene,what a cute idea!!I love the image,pot,colors,and that detachable bookmark!!Awesome!Thank you for joining in the ODBd Shining the Light challenge this week!!

Grace said...

Hi Charlene! Oh I love your bookmark idea!!! It adds a lot to the card too and what a neat little corner for a friend to add to their book page! I think your colors look fine but I know I stress over my photos too... especially those inside ones! This is very pretty!!! Thanks so much for joining us at ODBD Shining the Light Challenge!!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

well, Char Char....you have outdone even yourself on this bold, beauty of a card PLUS a bookmark...how cool is that.....awesome work, my dear friend....