Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Wedding Wishes

Today is my brother's wedding. Weddings are so much fun to begin with, but when it's a family member they're extra special. Of course, I HAD to make them a card. My family has pitched in on a gift and I got off easy, just sending along some money to help pay, so I volunteered to be in charge of the card. 

You know how it is, when an event comes along that you need to make a card for, usually I struggle with what stamp to choose, layouts, etc. Not this time! I could totally SEE this card in my mind. I knew I wanted to use the Gina K. Heartfelt Hits set 'cause the couple dancing is simply stunning. I also knew I wanted a vanilla and black card with a scalloped central image with tiny pearls all around it, and the Textile cuttlebug template inked with black.  

So here's how it all came together:
The card base is Vanilla, then I chose some patterned paper from October Afternoon as the background to add a bit of darkness, but not stark black. The cuttlebugged and inked Textile panels are mounted on Sahara Sand and I distressed the edges. I punched the top and bottom corners of the panels with the ticket corner punch and added tiny pearls. The dancing couple was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black then cut out with oval nesties, but I wanted more of the black scallop to show so I combined the small and large sizes of oval nesties to get the effect I wanted. Then I placed tiny Hero Arts pearls all around the image...used up almost the entire pack on this card.  :)

The sentiment is stamped with versamark and embossed with Vanilla powder. It was cut out with my Spellbinder's Ribbon Tags Trio and attached to the card with SU Vanilla Taffeta ribbon. I debated using a 'congratulations' stamp, but the font just wasn't classy enough for this card.

The only part I didn't envision was the flower. Eventhough there are pearls on the card, it seemed to need a bit of a softer touch and a flower would be perfect. Well, I have tons of flowers but none of them fit the bill. They were either to bright, to big, the wrong shape...basically I wanted a very soft coloured rose-looking flower and I didn't have one. So I made one. The flower started as a vanilla scalloped circle and I sponged some blush blossom to give it a hint of colour. I krinkled it up, cut it in a spiral and glued it back together with a half-pearl in the centre. Ta dah! It was really quite easy. 

I just love how this card turned out and I know it will be appreciated because my bro is marrying a stamper.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Janet said...

This card is soooooo amazing!! Great job!!! your brother better love it ;)

Joanne B. said...

Gasp! Thud! EEEEEKS. Is this ever beautiful! They'll love it, although I'm sure it will be so hard for you to part with!

Gina K. said...

Wow! That is an absolutely gorgeous card!! What a perfect card for a wedding. I love it.

Nancy Riley said...

BREATHTAKING!!! I would think it would be difficult to make a card special enough for your brother's special day, but you nailed it!

Norine said...

very pretty card

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

Um....HOLY TOLEDO!! This is beyond stunning. And that flower is making my little heart go pitter patter!! Love every single detail.

Happy New Year!!!

Leslie said...

That is absolutely stunning Karen! The flower is amazing! Your brother will love it and so will your new sister-in-law....and a stamper too - how fabulous!

Stamp and Smile said...

O' my word!!! FABULOUS background with using the CB and embossing. I love the black touches which reminds me of those old tin cieling tiles in older homes. So fun and gave the card a nice elegance!!! Smiles... :)

Lori A. said...

WOW! That's gorgeous!

bluemoon said...

What a great card, I'd like to knwo more about inking the embossing folder! I came across your blog from Gina K. bluemoonbynite@yahoo.com :)