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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Custom Creations

I love when people ask me to create something special for them.  (I also enjoy making personalized cards to give from myself as well.)  I always try to select an image that represents the recipient - their hobbies, interests, likes, physical characteristics.  It is the best compliment in the world when I am told the card is being saved/framed/cherished because it is so unique!  Today I have two cards to share that I made for custom requests and two more that I made for a birthday Kayne and I attended yesterday.  All of them feature a Saturated Canary image.

First up is a graduation card using Grad Girl 2015.

She is colored with Copics and cut using Floral Ovals Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I have been  more and more elaborate with my embellishments lately and this is one of those times that I really piled on dies, flowers, and Tim Holtz metal bits!  La-La-Land Crafts has THE BEST DIES EVER!  They are gorgeous, cut wonderfully, and cuts separate from the metal die easily.  Here I used quite a few: Scalloped Border, Lattice Doily Border, Heart Doily, Hot Air Balloon, and Wings Set.  The sentiment if from a Stampin' Up set called Great Grads and is cut with Small Labels Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  The graduation year is computer generated and over stamped with an acrylic stamp from 4 the Grad (Hampton Arts).  I added lace, flowers, a couple of pearls and several items from my Tim Holtz stash (Memo Pins, Time Pieces, Game Spinners, Word Keys, and Pin Nibs).  The mortarboard (graduation cap) is a Jolee's Boutique sticker. Papers are from my stash.

Copics used: E21, E23, E31, E35, E70, E74, E79, R20, R22, R24, V17, V20, V25, N0, N2, N4, N6, 100

Next is Bloom.  This was an anniversary request from a co-worker.  

She is colored with Copics and cut using Labels Twenty-One Nestabilities (Spellbinder).  I tried my hand at clothing folds here.  Not too shabby for a novice, right?  Other dies I used were French Pastry (Cheery Lynn Designs) and Scallop Border & Heart Doily Border (La-La-Land Crafts).  The edge of the image panel is stamped (Hampton Arts), sponged with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, and flecked with Shabby White Fran-tage.  Embellishments consist of lace, a couple of pearls, flowers, a resin frame (dollar section at Michaels!), and more Tim Holtz goodies (Label Pulls and Word Keys).  The heart punch is Martha Stewart.  Papers are My Mind's Eye - So Sophie: Graceful.  The "LOVE" sentiment is from a Vintage Affections set by the same name (Little Darlings Rubber Stamps).

Copics used: E00, E04, E11, E21, E31, E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, G94, G99, R20, R81, R85, V95, V99, Y28, N0, BG10, BG72, BG75

And finally here are the cards I made for one of Kayne's friends and his older brother for their joint birthday party (Irish twins!).  Star Wars is still as cool with kids today as it was almost 40 years ago so I used Krista's image called The Force.  I printed two images out, flipping one so it faced the opposite direction.

The images are colored with Copics and cut using Labels Three Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I tried clothing folds again here.  Their cloaks were a lot harder than the dress.  Not sure if it was garment or the color choice or the colorist (or any combination of the three) but I wasn't as happy with these results as the last time.  Practice makes perfect though.  I sponged the edge with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and then sprinkled the panel with Shabby Blue Fran-tage.  Other dies used were Star Circles Nestabilities and Stars Five (Spellbinders), Wrought Iron Fence (La-La-Land Crafts), Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things), and Mini Film Strip (Tim Holtz).  I added a Tim Holtz metal Sprocket Gear, punched star border (Martha Stewart), and jute ribbon.  Star Wars paper is from my stash.  The letters used to create their nicknames (for Jacob and Sebastian) are American Crafts Thickers: Subway foam stickers.

Copics used: E00, E04, E11, E21, E23, E25, E31, E53, E55, E57, E59, R20, B32, B34, YG11, N0, N2, N4


1 comment:

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

All though you are really piling on the embellishments, there is still a focal point and I like that. As always, these cards are winners!