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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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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

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Masculine Retirement Card

Retirement card

Just stopping by today to share another retirement card. This is another one that I made by heat-embossing a background and adding a watercolor wash.

Retirement card

For the background, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles stamp with VersaMark ink and used clear embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss the design. I then used several blues from my Gansai Tambi watercolors to add a wash over the top. To piece together the sentiment, I used the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy Cutaway die. I cut the word out several times from some white card stock and stacked it up to give it some dimension. It’s not so easy to find a word die for the word “retirement” (who knew?) so I created a custom sentiment on my computer and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo. I don’t use that awesome little machine nearly enough! I added a strip of slate cardstock and some vellum behind the word just to ground it a bit – it was getting lost among all the triangles!

Retirement card

I tried to make this card appropriate for a male recipient, and I think it worked out pretty well! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of a good emboss-resist and watercolor background.

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly

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Rest, Relax, Repeat

Retirement cardAhhh, wouldn’t it be nice to be doing exactly what this card says right about now? I wouldn’t mind a bit of R&R (&R) today.

This is a retirement card I made at the request of my bff for one of her coworkers. I can’t say that the design is entirely mine. I saw a card much like this somewhere on the internet and it stuck in my mind. When I was asked to make a retirement card, this design popped back up in my head and of course I couldn’t find the inspiration post to save my life. The curse of internet image searches… If any of you have seen a similar card before, please let me know so I can link it and give credit where it is due! Ok. Moving on.

Retirement card

Neat and Tangled’s Jounaling Alphas are perfect for this design. I cut all of the letters I needed from some bright red card stock and also from some fun foam – I happened to have red fun foam, can you believe it?! I think I got it at Michaels. I layered the red letters on top of the fun foam to give the card a little pop of dimension.
Retirement card

I carefully mounted all of my letters onto a panel that was slightly smaller than my A2-sized card base. I used a T-square ruler to get everything lined up just right. Both the panel and the card base are cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock, and I decided to add a little bit of vellum behind my panel before adding it to the card base, just to break up the color a bit.

Retirement card

Only 30+ more years to go before I can retire!

kimberly