Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happily Ever After

I made a card this morning for a couple who is getting married in two weeks. I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (MTSC37) for the layout (LOVE LOVE LOVE Mercy's sketches!!! Do yourself a favor and check them out!!).

The flowers and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Classics set (not available for purchase...this was a FREE set they sent me early this year! Read here for details on how to receive their FREE set next year.)

I stamped the flower nine times and cut out the three layers for my three flowers (yes, my fingers hurt! LOL). I'm trying to find ways to prepare different elements of my card in my family room when possible. This allows me to spend time with my husband...and my 15 year old daughter if she graces us with her presence, and less time hidden in my craft room. That being said, I cut the flowers while watching tv with my husband last night :) Two birds...one stone!


I used dimensionals to make my floral layers pop, and added pearl rhinestones to the centers (to match the pearl brad on my bow).

The patterned paper is from PTI's Green Tea Leaves set. I used an overall monochromatic Ocean Tides color palette. I wanted untraditional colors as far as wedding cards go...I think I achieved that with the Ocean Tides :)

When I pierced my bow through the tag on my card, it went in tilted like this and I really liked the way it looked so I went with it! The connectors were exposed also, so I trimmed them with wire cutters. I adhered the tag using glue dots (they seem to stick better than the normal adhesive on an embossed layer).

Here's a quick tutorial on this very simple bow. I can't take credit for the technique, I found it on Nichole Heady's blog months ago.

Step 1: Take a section of ribbon and cross it over to resemble the ribbon magnets you see on car bumpers.


Step 2: Pinch the top middle of the loop down to where the ribbon crosses and trim from spool...leaving a little excess to work with later.

Step 3: Use craft thread to tie the center of the ribbon in a knot. Trim excess thread and turn bow over.

Step 4: Use a brad large enough to encase the center of the bow. Open connectors and pinch closed around bow, covering craft thread.

Step 5: Finished! Use on cardstock by piercing through the paper or trimming brad connectors using wire cutters and adhering with dimensionals or hot glue.

Thanks for checking in! Hope you're finding craft time like me :O) Have a SAFE weekend!

7 comments:

Lynn said...

Love your card...I'm a big fan of Mercy's sketches too...just started doing them a few weeks ago! Didn't know about the PTI incentive either! Now I do - thanks to you - I've purchased several sets in the last couple of months so I'm on my way to the incentive! Finally - love the tip on the bows! I hadn't seen that before and will definitely be using it!

Mercy said...

kristin...this is monochromatic gorgeousness, girl! i love everything about this card...the colors, the flowers, the dp, the sentiment flag...everything!!! great ribbon tutorial, too!

thanks for playing along with my sketch for this week, and i can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)

{{{hugs}}}
mercy

Whimsey said...

Kristin,

Another amazing card - I'm so stuck when it comes to wedding cards, I use the same image time and time again. Thanks for the reminder to reach for something different!! Love your flowers and your bow rocks the card off the charts!! The pearls are such a soft touch!

LeAnne said...

Ah, Kristin, thanks for sharing this GORGEOUS card and your little tricks for the bows. I am all about tricks, hee hee!

Stampin' Pam said...

Kristin this is gorgomeeoso! (I'm in need of new adjectives so I make up my own LOL). I LOVE this card, the bow is SO cute - how did I miss that one and the monochromatic look is soft and romantic - perfect job with cutting - I sometimes bring things down to color with the family :-) Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous card, Kristin! Love that color with just the white for balance. Great bow trick, too!

Helena said...

This is GORGEOUS!!

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