Wedding Card


This one was for my friends wedding; The card itself was largely created using the Crafters Companion Times gone by CD, but the main reason I have included it today is because of the difficulty in putting such a card inside an envelope. This particular card has a couple of large roses on the front for which I do not have a large enough piece of card to make a standard box, so I have cheated!


This is the box that i have made; for which I have cut x2 pieces of 8×8 vellum (I have also embossed the velum to make it extra special) and then I have cut x4 2×8 strips of card which have then been scored at 0.5 of an inch in from both sides of the card and folded in, creating an ‘n’ shape. I have then stuck the vellum against against the legs of the ‘n’ on three out of the four sides, leaving the fourth side open to allow for the card to move in and out. Using my cropadile I have then put eyelets in the card to tie the open side closed with some pretty ribbon.

I hope you have found this useful 🙂


18th Birthday elements 4

The final element for this card was the box. Very few of my bespoke cards fit into a standard envelope because there is usually at least one embellishment that makes the card too fat; on this one I have added x3 full layers of kraft card so although most of the embellishments are reasonably flat the whole card is much thicker than standard.


I have kept it simple; the box itself is double-sided centura pearl from Crafters Companion, created using their Ultimate Pro boxer board.

I have then added more of the same pattern pieces that I used inside the card, a couple of buttons and a shadowed ‘happy birthday’ sentiment (by Tonic).

All done – next!

18th Birthday Elements 3

This is the feature stamp which I have used on the 18th Birthday card (this is the fourth installment) and is the Makey Bakey mice from Crafters Companion.


As you may remember the brief for this was to be in sepia tones. I have used my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens and there is a lot of TN!

  • Tn1-3 for the main part of the Dummy
  • EB5,4 and TN’s 5 and 3 for the wooden parts of the dummy
  • TN1-5 and EB4 in various combinations for the mice
  • DR7, EB5 and 4, and TN6 for the sewing machine; TN’s 1 and 3 for the lighter parts at the front and EB5, EB4, TN3 and TN1 for the wheel at the back.
  • I have used GB8, EB1 and 2 for the table and finally TN1,3 and GB2 for the cloth. I have then added a bit of copper stickles to create the dots on the fabric.

To finish I have added in some shadows and used the blender to soften the lines.

My light source is coming from the right, however the shadows of the ladder have the light coming from the left on the assumption that there will be light coming in from the shop window – see 18th Birthday Elements 2

18th Birthday Card Elements 2

Having created the basic brick wall, I now need to decorate it.

For this particular card I want to continue the theme of the brick wall because the main feature stamp is of mice (it will become clearer in a mo) so below, I am posting all three brick walls which I have done for this card and i will talk you through the embellishments.


This is the finished front of the card. I have cut an aperture into the front of the card behind which I have then layered my snowfall acetate (Hunkydory). I have then cut the following dies from brown kraft card (to continue the sepia tones) and then lightly inked them up with distress ink.

  • Spellbinders flourish (left hand-side)
  • Tattered lace heart buttons
  • Tonic flourish
  • Tonic Brangwen briar (the butterfly swirl)
  • Tattered Lace Trent layering plaques
  • Xcut tags
  • The number 18 is from a set of numbers I got with a Tatty Ted alphabet and numbers set.
  • Tattered Lace free alphabet from the front of one of their magazines

I have also then added glitter, partly because the birthday is in November and therefore likely to be frosty, but also to pick up some of the edges so that the tones do not all merge into one another.

The ‘Sew Special’ stamp was part of the mice, here i have used it as the shop name, with the number 18 being the house number and the writing on the plaque is die-cut and then covered in pebeo gilding wax (empire gold); the date being the year of birth for the recipient.

Going inside the Shop…er….card….


I have kept this quite simple, most of it is self explanatory however I did want to mention brick wall number 2. I have hand-drawn the ladders which as you can see, then go to different holes in the wall that lead to different areas of the warren. The feature stamp in the one we can see, which i have also framed in some more brickwork to give the idea of going into the mousehole. The tags sign post which hole leads where.

Through the hole…


This then is the other side of the ‘Patterns’ tunnel. It is not completely finished because I need to add in a ladder and i will also draw some abseiling lines for the mice to get to individual patterns along with a sign for the shopfront. Both sides here are part of the pattern room, the blank square is for the personal message.

I have not yet done the back of the card; unfortunately I cannot leave it blank because despite my care and attention some ink has managed to find its way on to it (grrr) so I am toying with the idea of a moushole on the back of the card saying ‘Staff entrance’ and the hint of a human sized sofa…

18th Birthday Elements

For the front page of my card, I essentially want a brick wall with a window in it. For this i will be using the following:

  • Crafters companion Textures embossing folder ‘Dry Stone Wall’
  • Kraft Card
  • Black soot Distress Ink
  • Iced Spruce Distress Ink
  • Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Walnut Stain Distress Ink
  • Pumice Stone Distress Ink
  • Cut’n’Dry foam
  • Craft Mat
  • Ebosser (craftwell)

You will notice that I have blended several colours together here so i feel it worth noting that not all them were essential; but their presence added a bit more depth.

  1. Cut your craft card to size – I am using an 8×8 card base so I have cut my kraft card to 7.75×7.75
  2. Run the card through the embossing machine inside the folder
  3. Dab out your distress colours onto the craft mat
  4. Using the cutndry take some of the colour onto a SCRAP of kraft card so that you can see the colour you are going to get
  5. Start adding in your colour

I have used the grey colours and the lighter brown to highlight some areas of the middle of the card, but i have not coloured the whole card the same because unpainted walls are not normally a blank same colour. The darker shades are in the corners and along the bottom, partly because the bottom of a wall is usually darker but also because it gives the while a nice frame. The black soot is purely to make the other colours pop so i have used it very minimally around the edges.

Dry stonewall on Kraft Card
Dry stonewall on Kraft Card

18th Birthday card

The Brief:

Create a large card with a sewing theme in sepia colours.

To Include:

  • Makey Bakey Mice ‘Stitched with love’ stamp
  • Middle Page
  • Buttons
  • Measuring Tape

Step One: Creating a framework for the card

When i am creating a card for specific purpose or against a specific brief like this one, i like to map out what i am intending to achieve and how i plan to get there(!) before i start. Most of my 18th birthday cards are created for the inside of the card to be as important as the front, so rather than just a pretty picture on the front with an insert, the whole is created as a running project which means knowing how the inside is going to inter-relate with the outside.

The theme for this one is sewing, so i am creating a sewing shop, with a window in the front through which the feature stamp will be seen. This means that i have to plan where the aperture will be and quite importantly how it will all layer together before i stick anything – for instance i plan to have an acetate window, therefore there is no point sticking the inside wallpaper to the card without having already cut the aperture and layered the acetate in place.

Sometimes i sketch (as do a great many others) but if i am going to be printing elements from my computer i quite like to use the serif program and do a complete mock as a computer project because this has the added advantage of helping to size the elements relative to the rest of the card before printing.

Step Two: Creating the elements

This is the fun and messy part; the idea is to create everything that will eventually be attached without committing to either a final layout or sticking anything down. This allows for flexibility in the design and also means that if i don’t like something i can put it aside for use with another project instead.

Step Three: Putting it together

So all of the elements are ready and I am happy with the layout and how it all fits together; I can now stick everything in place, which is usually the point at which I realise my plan had a flaw somewhere and now i am trying to stick in something behind something else that is already (quite solidly) stuck down….

Step Four: Ta Daa!

The Completed piece, so now all i need to do is make an envelope/box depending on how thick my card has ended up 🙂

Once the card is ready, I will add in a finished photo, however I will be separately blogging the elements as i do them.

Phantomsax Challenge

One of my habits as a card crafter is that i take a long time to make each card. I therefore set myself a 30 minute challenge, and this is the result – Ta Daa!


Crafty Stash:

  • 4x4inch card blank (white)
  • HunkyDory rainbow card
  • Black card
  • Some music design paper left over from Christmas last year


  • ‘Congtratulations’ Tattered lace die
  • Layered stars from the Sapphire Celebration die pack
  • A Star hole punch
  • Sapphire diecutting machine
  • Glue
  • 3D Pinflair

The idea was to create the card using just the tools and the paper within the 30 min time frame, so no inks, no colouring, no printing.

All of the star dies were cut and then embossed through my sapphire and layered as you can see, I then cut the ‘congratulations’ out of both the rainbow card and the black card so that i could shadow the sentiment.

If i were going to add to the card (time was up) then i would probably have also added some aurora gems in between the stars.

Please note that the black surround is the surface the card is on and not part of the card itself!

What can you make in 30 mins?!

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