Monday, 10 June 2013

Help... a card

Hello everyone and thank so much for looking in here today!

It's not often that I make cards anymore, and I feel I am well out of practice,  but I needed a thank you one and none of the ones that I still had were suitable. It's for a Francophile couple, and so I felt it needed both male and female touches as well as a Paris theme of course...
Almost all of the elements are from a certain Mr Holtz.
The base is  Kraft Card, covered with a piece of distressed paper from the French Industrial collection.
I put a piece of Blue Kraft Core paper through an embossing folder, sanded the raised bit and then inked it lightly. Next came the Stampendous Paris stamp, stamped in Plum Archival. I cut it in a Spellbinder die and inked around the edges while the paper was still in the die with the Plum Archival and some Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I stamped the stamp again, fussy cut the flowers, coloured them with Distressmarkers and then layered them for some more dimension.
Next I stamped the Tim Holtz gentlemen in Black Archival, cut them out, inked them a bit with Antique Linen Distress Ink and a tinsy bit of brown that was still in my ink blending tool to add some shadow.
I stamped the word Thanks with some tiny letter peg stamps onto another piece of the French Industrial paper, cut it into squares and inked around the edges. I then layered it all up with a Tattered Doily cut from the same paper with a couple of embellishments and some ephemera from the collection and there you have it.

Well I hope you like the card, it was quite quick to make. 

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful creative week.


butterfly said...

Well, I should say it completely fits the brief - very Parisian and Parisienne!! I love the male/female duality, and the pinks and blues against those rich sepias work beautifully. Lovely layered ephemera and textures... a delicious card!
Alison x

butterfly said...

Oh, and thank you so much for your LOVELY comment today...

Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully put together Astrid and I love the inking through the die on the image. Lovely images and elements and I am sure it is a card that will be kept for a long time by the recipients.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! Love the "Paris" portion!! I think this will be a huge hit :-)

Funny, the younger generations don't seem to even know what a Thank you Note is let alone make one, or even purchase one......kind of sad....

Happy Crafting

Margaret Mifsud said...

A beautiful card Astrid, love the duality of it. That Paris stamp is so gorgeous and you colour it so well, I just love it. Love all the elements you put on this card, it's stunning!! ox Marg

chrissie said...

Love the blend of male and female elements it all looks so beautiful together

Love Chrissie xx

Paula Whittaker said...

They will both adore this little beauty.

Rossella said...

Yes, Astrid, I love the card
Rosie x

Maryann Laursen said...

So beautiful as ever. I love the French theme here and the colors looks awesome.

Marianne said...

This is a great card. You should do this more often. xxx Marianne

Lucy Edmondson said...

Beautiful! Love the pink combined with the masculine imagery,

Lucy x

artwolf2009 said...

for being out of practice you did a very beautiful card, a perfect fit for that couple.

Sandy said...

Everyone loves Paris!

Terry said...

This is gorgeous and it certainly does not look as if you are out of practice card making! Perfect for a couple! Love it!

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

love love love it !!! (of course ;-)

Dianne said...

Your funny Miss Astrid, you are a fabulous card maker too, this is a gorgeous card, love the colors, the embossing all those pieces behind all the yummy edging, its just darn gorgeous, thanks for sharing..

Unknown said...

I'm always mesmerised how you include your stamping, always looks so perfect... a really gorgeous card and the colour hues are stunning.

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