I'm so happy to be bringing you my first card as a designer for the brand new Card A Day Blog which was just launched a few days ago. We'll be getting into a Christmas Card Blog Hop in October, but for the month of September we are offering weekly themes which we hope will give you lots of inspiration for your own cardmaking.
Our theme for this week is OWLS. It was quite a challenge to decide how I wanted to play with this idea, but I decided on a cute idea for an anniversary card. This idea works equally well anytime you want to share your love with someone. It's a fairly easy card to make, so you should have no problem adapting the idea for yourself.
I started with a Neenah kraft card base in standard A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"), and added a design paper mat. Sorry, I used a scrap and don't remember the source. The main face of the card can be made with any generic white or off-white card stock, mine is white. The owl stamp is from a mini set by Studio G, and was stamped with Versamark, then heat embossed using Sweet Stamps Fine Detail Copper embossing powder. I hand cut the owl, and set it aside to work on the other stamping.
The branch is from the set Birds of a Feather by taylored expressions. I colored it using Tombow and Stampin' Up markers, and, using the "huffing" method, I stamped the image. I had stamped a few samples before stamping on the actual card, and decided I liked the rustic look I got when I didn't color in the image too carefully. The word OWL is from the same mini set as the owl stamp. I stamped it using Stampin' Up Soft Suede ink on a die-cut circle and layered it onto a petite scalloped circle. I then inked the edges with Memories Direct red. The rest of the sentiment is from the same set as the tree branch and also stamped with the Soft Suede along with the inking on the card edge.
Finally, I stamped a few hearts from the Heart and Flower set from Martha Stewart in the same red mentioned earlier. I decided to give the owl a big heart, so I used the smaller of the two heart stamps and colored it in with another Stampin' Up marker because I wanted a brighter red. I gave it a coating of Stampendous clear embossing powder. The owl itself, as well as the word 'owl,' the owl's heart and one of the floating hearts are all applied with dimensionals. Here's a photo of most of the supplies I used:
I sure hope you've enjoyed today's project, and would love your comments. See you again soon!
Remember, keep your creative genius flowing.........