Tuesday 22 August 2017

Birthday Winner!

Today is my birthday and I am sharing the card which I made for my twin sister.  I also have to announce the winner of my Blogiversary competition, who wins one of my tags from the post one week ago.

Congratulations to Felicia Aaron who wins one of my tags... please get in touch and let me know which one you would like.

Here are the tags to choose from.

Back to my sister's card.  I have already told her that she is very honoured as it is the first time that I have used one of the papers from my Northern Lights pad designed by Barbara Gray. I have two of them; one to stroke and one to use (eventually) lol.  Unfortunately I didn't take many pictures of the process, as I started it quite some time ago.  I used Claritystamp groovi plates for all the line art.  Once I had decided on the layout, I started with the butterfly from the Jayne's Agapanthus Name plate then added the large Agapanthus from the sister plate (I completed the bottom of the stalk once the frame had been added).  I then lined up the Alphabet frame and went over it with a #1 ball tool, taking care not to go through the Agapanthus or the butterfly.  The border patterns were added from the Agapanthus name plate and finally the word 'sis' within the cubes from the Starter A5 Square Plate Mate which has a useful upper and lower case alphabet.
The Agapanthus and fancy borders were coloured from behind using distress markers and that is where I left the parchment for quite some time.  When I came back to it to complete the colouring, I used Spectrum Noir blending pencils from the Floral box to colour the butterfly, 'sis' and frame edges.  The colour was then smoothed out (again from the back) using paper stumps and Spectrum Noir blending solution.  Once the colouring was complete, I shallow pierced all round the edge using the Pergamano 2 hole piercing tool and the straight piercing border plate to get the holes at an even distance, then went back round with my Pergamano 1 hole bold piercing tool to widen the holes.  This made it easier to insert the tips of my Pergamano scissors when cutting the picot edge.  Thanks to some tuition from Barbara Gray at the recent Clarity retreat, my picot edging came out neater than it's ever been.
It only remained to add narrow tape behind the coloured edge of the frame, stick it to a piece of the Northern Lights card that toned in beautifully with the colours I had used on the parchment, trim the card and add it to a 20cm x 20cm pre made white card blank.  Happy birthday Sis'!

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