Monday, May 20, 2013

Secret Garden Friendship Card

Hi! Annette Green here today with a 5 x 7 card made with the beautiful Secret Garden papers from Graphic 45 with the help of a few Alterations dies by Tim Holtz.

It seems that I cannot make cards any smaller than 5 x 7 inches anymore. The larger size allows for more space to embellish and it really makes the card seem extra special for the recipient. I started with a base cardstock from the Graphic 45 Signature Series - Lights. I am so fond of the Signature Series cardstock because it's textured and has a core that's a few shades lighter than the cardstock color, so when sanded it shows more depth and dimension. And, of course, the colors all match the famous Graphic 45 color scheme in their paper packs. Bonus! (The eP store currently carries the original Signature Series cardstock pack in the bolds but I'm betting Kim will get you what you need if you just e-mail her sweetly.)



For those of you not familiar with how the Alterations Movers & Shapers dies work, here is a good example. I started with the Cameo Frame die and set one of the Oval Movers & Shapers dies inside the metal area. The oval is magnetic, so it holds in place nicely. Of course you can use either of these dies independent of each other, but it's pretty cool how you can combine them.



I cut two from thick mat board and one from a piece of the Secret Garden paper in the 8 x 8 pack.



I adhered them together with strong glue stick then inked the paper's edges with Dusty Concord ink. I didn't worry too much about the sides and inside the oval...



...because I covered those areas with coordinating thin grosgrain ribbon. I used Tacky Glue for this.



The ribbon really finishes it off nicely.



For the inside of the oval, I cut an image of this sweet girl from the Secret Garden paper and layered it behind the opening. Some faux pearl strings dress up the inner oval for added embellishment.



This card is for a special friend of mine, so I chose this "Friends" chipboard piece as an accent. (Graphic 45 Secret Garden)  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo and flanked each end with some Graphic 45 metal brads over a strip of lace.



The flowers cut-outs are from the Secret Garden paper also. Hand-cut with love and inked with Vintage Photo. 



A big fluffy bow finishes off the top. It's weaved through a chipboard button.



This card came together pretty quickly and has such impact with those gorgeous papers and a few dies. My friend deserved a really special card and I thoroughly enjoyed making it for her. Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you enjoyed it!



15 comments:

toni said...

Beautiful card Anette,and so beautifully made. Love the way you've added the ribbon to the edges, so pretty x

Kim said...

Beautiful, Annette! I love the ribbon edge!

Teresa Jaye said...

so pretty Annette. These papers are gorgeous and you've cut, layered, inked, and combined them to make them amazing! Your friend will surely be blessed by this lovely creation.

Scrapthat said...

Very pretty!! Love the finishing off of the edges with the ribbon...it just polishes it up!

Donna-Marie said...

Great tip on the ribbon edge :-)
I can't get enough of that paper line...very beautiful!!!

Paper Profusion said...

Such a beautiful card - I've been working with that same central image - she is so gorgeous. Love how you did the grosgrain around the edge - now that is dedication! Nicola x

Broni said...

This is just gorgeous, Annette!

butterfly said...

Such a stunning card, Annette - beautifully done!
Alison x

Jenny Gropp said...

Absolutely LOVING this card! The ribbon edge is fab!

Linda Pekrul said...

Love, love, love!!!

Erin Smetak said...

This is beautiful, Annette! I just bought The Secret Garden, so I can't wait to create w/ it! I'm keeping your card in the back of my mind for inspiration!!!! I love the die you used too! Saw it in the store, but wasn't sure what I would do with it. Now, of course, I want it! LOL!

Brenda Savage said...

Wow! Such a lovely card! Thank you for sharing the "how to" details! Very generous of you!!! Although, now I'll just HAVE to go buy the two TH dies!! :)

Tracy said...

Stunningly beautiful card Annette!!
Big hugs
Tracy
xoxox

Elvia Gomez said...

It´s so cutie I love it

Elvia Gomez said...

It´s so beautiful I love it