Thursday, October 4, 2012

A wedding Card and a Quick Idea for Keeping Track of Inks

A couple of weeks ago ,our family celebrated the wedding of the first "Grandchild" with the marriage of my niece, Ali to her sweet hubby, Ian.

It was a gorgeous September day...perfect for a fall wedding. A great big congrats to the happy couple!!! Ali and Ian's colors were purple and orange and everything was absolutely gorgeous . Her aunt, Janet Tucker, owner of COUNTRY FLOWERS here in Corner Brook, did her decorating and all her floral work and I have to say it was all breathtaking!
In keeping with their colors , I made this wedding card...

Here's a quick tutorial on how I made this card.
I started with a 51/2 "x 51/2" square card stock base . I then cut a 5"x5" piece of white cs and ran it through my CuttleBug to emboss it using the Brocade folder. Next I used a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set in "Swirling Lace " to punch a square border. Edges were inked with "Perfect Plum' from Stampin' Up.This was adhered to the base card.
Next I cut a strip of white cs approx 2.25" x 5" and punched the edges of both sides withStampin' Up's scallop edge punch and then cut a notch in one end.
 I thought it needed a little something else so I used my paper trimmer and a stylus as a quick scoring tool { I was too lazy to go dig out the proper scorer...but hey, it worked really well! }.
I then inked the edges with Perfect Plum SU ink and stamped the word "LOVE"  using a really old set of alpha stamps that I think were Recollections from Michael's. Set aside.
Now comes the fun part ...making the leaves and flowers. I used two stamp sets from HEARTFELT CREATIONS ...  some leafy swirls and another called Daisy Patch. I stamped two sets of leaves on white cs with the Perfect Plum ink and several sets of the daisy patch as I wanted to layer them for dimension. Unfortunately , these were older sets that didn't have the matching Spellbinders die cuts { which are so awesome BTW!} so I had to fussy cut everything...tedious lol.
{Yes I cut off the swirls...I'm not a total masochist!}
and here's the flowers after they've been fussy cut and adhered in layers...
The variations in color were created by just swiping the inked sponge over the stamped images until I was happy with the density of color...word to the wise ...add this color BEFORE you attempt to fussy cut them!
Now add a blob of Glossy Accents { or other suitable liquid glue } and pour on the micro beads!
and leave them to dry!
As a last little touch I used the Martha Stewart three butterfly punch on a scrap of white cs that I just dabbed some Perfect Plum ink on.
Now for the assembling.....
Run the "Love" strip through your fingers to give it a little curve. adhere to bottom of card as shown. Proceed to build the flower spray on the rt hand side . Add pearl bling as shown on card.
I'd like to show you one more quick idea for your inks. I like to have these tabs to hold against a paper I'm working with to find the closest match...rather than drag out all my inks. I can't take credit for this idea as such and I apologize to whoever came up with it. I've been using this for several years but can't remember the if it's you, then congrats for coming up with such a brilliant idea.
I cut 2" tags out of white card stock using my Cricut { Storybook cartridge I think}. I actually did several 12 x12 sheets of cs while I was at it{ lots of spares for when I buy a new color rather than drag it all out again! }. I label each tag as I apply color from my ink pad and then dip the bottom half in clear embossing powder..that way I know what the color looks like embossed too....
I keep each brand { ie Tim Holtz Distress inks, Stampin' Up inks etc} on a separate binder ringer. I'm also a tad OCD and like to follow the ROY G BIV rule of colors so the binder rings make it easy to insert a new color in its rightful place on my ring.
Can I just add one more quick little thing? Of course I's my blog! I'd like to wish a GREAT BIG HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY to my dear daughter, Chelsea. Here she is sampling her first "legal" alcoholic beverage this evening at Jungle Jim's { drinking age is 19 here in NFLD}.
 and here's the card I made for her using the gorgeous G45 Ladies Diary pps that came in my Sept SCRAPTHAT kit...
PHEW!!!! Looooong post ! That's it for me tonight. Thanks for popping by. Toodles!


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this long informative post, Michelle! Your card turned out BEAUTIFULLY...and the tutorial is awesome! Your ink "fans" are incredibly clever :) Lovely work on Chelsea's card!! It's soooo pretty! Looks like Chelsea is enjoying her drink...CANNOT believe she is sooo grown up. Happy Birthday to Chelsea!

  2. Beautiful cards Michelle! I love the ink fan idea! Congrats to your daughter on her birthday!

  3. What gorgeous cards! I love when people take the time to do a tutorial! I learn so much. Lots of exciting things going on in your family these days I see! So nice to have these kinds of celebrations!

  4. Always enjoy your posts Michelle , the wedding card is beautiful as well as the Birthday card you made for your daughter. She is so beautiful and looks like she is enjoying her LEGAL drink LOL. Love the idea on organizing the ink colors .

  5. Such a beautiful card for the lovely couple!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and such a great idea for the distress ink tags!! Thanks for dropping by my blog today and leaving your sweet comment! ~ Blessings, Tracey