Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Alphabet Congratulations

My sister qualified as a GP at the beginning of this month, having previously worked for years as, firstly a nurse, then a health visitor.  This is something that she has worked massively hard at to achieve and after going back to university and long training, placements in hospitals and GP practices as well as regular study, exams and long hours, she has finally made it.  I am so proud of her.  She starts work as a partner at her new Practice next week and I made this card to wish her well.
 
I hit upon the idea of basing the card around the initials GP when I was looking through my box of alphabet stamp sets and realised how many different ones that I had.  The focal point font is an old, sadly discontinued set of alphabet stamps by Dimension Fourth; the others range from two sets of Claritystamp alphabets, Crafter's Companion, Papermania and too many others to mention.  In total I must have randomly stamped about 13 or 14 sets of letters.  I deliberately left some of the background (an A5 piece of Kraft card) blank, but also took care to vary the direction of the initials and to go off the edge of the page in places.  I used the Ground Espresso Archival ink in the new Distress palette.
Once I was happy with the placement of the letters, I blended some Vintage Photo and a little Ground Espresso around the sides and in some of the blank spaces; I also coloured in some of the letters using a Brushed Corduroy  distress marker.  The large GP letters were heat embossed using gold embossing powder onto dark brown card, cut out and a gold Sakura calligraphy pen used to add a zentangle pattern.  
I also die cut the Doctor's bag and the stethoscope from the Doctor and Hospital die sets by Marianne Creatables from the same dark brown card; rubbing gold gilding wax over the top to tie in with the gold initials and bring out the detail of the embossing.
The kraft card was added to the front of an A5 dark brown portrait card and the gold and brown letters added using foam pads.

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