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Retirement Card Take 2

I was recently commissioned to make a retirement card that looked just like this one I made a few years ago. This time, we went for a more Autumnal color scheme, but kept just about everything else the same.

Retirement card

I started with a watercolor background in a combination of orange, yellow and red tones. I then stamped out some Painted Flowers in ink colors that were about the same tone. This was a lot of trial and error and I tried a lot of ink colors until I got a combo that I liked. Phew!

The sentiment is a combination of some hand-lettering I did and the spelling out of the word Retirement (which meant this card had to be an oblong size, about 4.5″ x 8″) using Neat & Tangled Journaling Alpha dies (a favorite die set of mine!).

Retirement card

I like how it turned out! And it shows me that re-visiting a card style again is a really good exercise in creativity. Even though the design elements are essentially the same, I was able to tweak a few parts and practice my lettering, which is never a bad thing. I might even like this second attempt better than the first!

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Floral Congratulations Card

Congratulations card

I made this card some time ago, and totally forgot to share it here! And I haven’t been especially creative in the past few weeks, so here we are. Hopefully I can get back to my craft room soon! I miss it.

For this card, I stamped several floral clusters in each corner of the panel, using the Painted Flowers stamp set from Altenew. I used masks to arrange the clusters so that my flowers could overlap, and used several colors of ink as well. So many Altenew stamp sets make it so easy to build images with multiple layers in multiple colors.

Congratulations card altenew stamps

I then die-cut the Congratulations sentiment from several pieces of white card stock and glued each layer together to give the word some dimension. I adhered that to the panel with multi medium matte adhesive (this is a good option for delicate die cuts because the glue dries matte, so you don’t have to be too worried if it ends up somewhere it doesn’t belong).

I felt like the card could use a little more oomph, so I added some black dots with a Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black and then some soft pink sequins as well. I like how she turned out.

Congratulations card

Have a wonderful week!

kimberly

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Thinking of You // Blue Flowers and Black Dots

Thinking of you

Last week I took a few days off of work and stayed at my parents house to hang out with my grandmother while my parents went on a cruise to Bermuda (I’m still jealous!). During that time, I tried to do a lot of relaxing and figured I’d just take a week off from card making and blogging and I’d be right back at it the following week. The universe had other plans though, and last Friday I came down with some kind of fantastic cold that is still kicking my butt a week later! I muscled through a few days of work this week, but threw in the towel today and stayed home to drink up the last of my DayQuil and binge watch The Americans.

A sick day means I can write a short post about this card – silver linings.

This is a pretty simple one, using the Thinking of You sentiment from the SSS Sending Happy Thoughts set, stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black ink. On separate cardstock, I stamped some Painted Flowers, using Moon Rocks for the outline and Sea Glass and Ocean Waves inks for the interior layers of the flowers. I stamped an inner layer of each leave with some fog ink. I then cut the images out and arranged them on my A2-sized panel. For a finishing touch, I added a whole bunch of black dots using a black Pico Embellisher.

Thinking of you

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

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Best Wishes on Your Retirement

For some reason, it’s been slow goings on the card making front for me lately. I’m not sure what that’s about. I think there are just too many other things calling my name – like gardening and yard work. I have some tulips in my yard that were just blooming this morning, so I feel the need to fiddle around and get the rest of the yard looking just as pretty as the one spot where the tulips are!  At any rate, this cheery (and flowery) retirement card fits the mood, I think.

Retirement card

I used one of my favorite floral sets to embellish this card – Painted Flowers by Altenew. The images are just so pretty, and the flowers are just the right size for creating nice focal points. I also used several yellow ink colors from the Summer Afternoon mini ink cube set to ink up the flowers which I wanted to be yellow to match my yellow watercolor-wash background.

Retirement card

You’ll also notice that this card is not the normal size (which meant I also had to fashion a custom envelope). It measured about 8″ long by 4.25″ tall. I had to make it so long to accommodate the word “retirement” across the front (for which I used Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alpha dies). I cut out the letters several times and stacked all the R’s E’s T’s, etc. on top of each other to give the letters some dimension. I used Multi Medium Matte glue for this.

Retirement card

The rest of the sentiment, the “best wishes on your” part, is just some good old fashioned handwriting. I couldn’t find a sentiment in my stash that seemed right, so I used a pencil and took a very (very) long time to draw out the letters the way I liked them. I looked at several different calligraphy fonts for reference. Once it looked halfway decent, I drew over the pencil with a copic multiliner pen. With the sentiment was taken care of, I arranged my paper flowers here and there, and affixed them with Multi Medium Matte and finally added a few clear droplets. Finished!

Retirement card

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly