Friday, April 18, 2014

Anniversary card

Good friends of ours are celebrating their 45th anniversary. Isn't it nice to hear of couples being together that long?

They have a good sense of humor so making them a card with these characters from Art Impressions won't be insulting. I had the idea of having Edna (stamp #1241) outside and Oscar (#1239) indoors for a number of reasons, one being that our friends have just returned to Michigan from Florida. Our "Edna" is happy to be outside in our current weather, but "Oscar" is likely to be huddling inside near a space heater, waiting for the temps to hit at least the upper 70s.  I used the stamp called Curtain Window (#4234) to make the window for them to see each other while being apart.

I stamped the characters and window images onto plain paper, scanned them, enlarged them slightly and printed them on paper that was suitable for coloring with Copic Markers. The paper I used was Bella's Best Paper by Stamping Bella.

I cut white cardstock in 8.5 x 5.25 pieces, scored them halfway, and glued them together to make 4 white pages. I cut a sheet of yellow cardstock to make the outside cover for the card.

I used a variety of Copic colors on the images, then fussy cut them and glued them in place. I played around with placement to figure out where the window would go so that his head could be seen while the pages with Edna were being viewed, and hers would be seen while looking at Oscar. I used a variety of adhesives, Xyron, a tape runner, and Sookwang tape, guessing at what would work best for each application.


The words were done by computer and cut with Stampin' Up punches. The scalloped oval punch is also from Stampin' Up.  The flowers were doodled, colored, cut and glued into place when I decided that blank spot needed something.


I wanted the front of the card to be simple. Before gluing the yellow cover in place, I used an edge punch to make the scalloped edge. The Happy Anniversary greeting was done on the computer and printed on a yellow and white background that doesn't show up well here. I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four (#S4-190) on a Sizzix Big Shot to create the medallion. After deciding the first view needed something, I outlined each layer with a fine tipped black liner pen. See the hiccup? It was too late to start all over. Darn it. Oh well. 


I haven't heard from the anniversary couple yet, but I'm pretty sure they are going to enjoy the card. I had a lot of fun making it.

1 comment:

Karen Day said...

Your anniversary card is AMAZING! You put so much thought & effort into it, I'm sure your friends will really appreciate it :o)