Saturday 2 November 2013

Annabel & Friends Birthday Card

Hello, today’s card is for a little girl on her birthday and what could be more perfect than Kanban's Annabel with friends!   I've used a number of techniques on this card, can you spot them all? Look for:

Paper piecing  with stamping● Paper piecing  with die cuts ● Die Cutting ● Stitching ● Punches  ● Spritzing ● Accenting ● Stamping ● Colouring  Ribbon Layering  Hat Pin Making!

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Kanban
Colouring Mediums: Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink Purple, Memento Black Ink, Promarker Pens, Cosmic Shimmer Mist
Paper and Card: Deja Views, Textured, Joanna Sheen's Elegance Satin
Tools: Tonic Studios Love Arch Square Die Set, Tonic Studios Love Arch Border Punch, Tonic Studios Maria Butterfly Die, Tim Holtz Ruler
Embellishments: Organza sheer ribbon 10mm, May Arts Printed Sheer Ribbon, hand-made pearl Hat Pins

For my main focal image, I stamped Annabel onto Elegance Satin card using Memento ink.  I then stamped small offcuts of patterned paper with various elements of the stamped image (the doggie's bow, the teddy and Annabels, dress, cardigan and boots).  After colouring the main image with promarker pens, I cut out these extra elements and paper pieced them onto the image.

You can also just see the little die-cut heart, from the Love Arches Die Set, which I topped with a tiny mother-of-pearl heart button.

Then for a quite different effect, I used paper piecing again but this time using die cuts.  Using my Tonic Studios Maria Butterfly Die, I cut the out the entire die using textured mauve cardstock.  Then using offcuts of patterned paper, I cut the die again but only the flowers.  I then inset the patterned paper pieces into the main die.  Tweezers are a great help at this point!

To create the background layer, I used Tim Holtz ruler to pierce around the edge and then hand-stitched with white thread.  You just be able see that I also misted the entire background with Cosmic Shimmer Angel Mist, which givess any matt paper into a beautiful shimmery finish.  I also misted the small die cut heart in the above picture.

This small accented circle from Tonic Studios Love Arches Die set is just the perfect size for a sentiment and makes a lovely change from a standard scalloped circle.

Here's one final look at this little girl's birthday card

Hope you like this; do leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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  1. What a fabulous piece of work - just love this card!

  2. That's more like a work of art with all those components!! I am sure the girlie in question will love it!!

  3. Gorgeous card, love the colours and image, lovely detail

    have a great weekend, happy hopping
    Lorna xx

  4. Ah this is so sweet. Cute image and lovely colours
    Hugs Kelly

  5. Gorgeous card, and in my favourite colour too! I love all the details and those stunning hat pins. You have coloured that little girl and her big dog beautifully. Thank you for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge. Jane xx

  6. Just hopping from DC... wow!!! love everything about this! gorgeous image...super colours, great layout...gorgeous! x

  7. Beautifully coloured card- such a cute image
    Linda x

  8. Great card, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie's.
    Sue x

  9. Gorgeous card, such a lot of detail and beautifully coloured cute image

  10. Such a sweet card, love the colours and what a lot of fab techniques - Thanks so much for sharing, lovely to see you over at FSC...Esther xx

  11. Just beautiful. I really like the vibrant colours and your design.
    Heike xx

  12. This is such a pretty card! Thank you for sharing with us at FSC!

  13. Adorable card, love that image, and your colours are detail are brilliant, thank you for sharing with us at LEJ Designs, this week, good luck xxx

  14. Pretty image and card love all the embellishments
    Carol x

  15. what a sweet card ,love all the techniques you have incorporated into your design
    Thanks for joining us at the I ♥ ProMarkers challenge. and good luck
    tracey x

  16. Wow Dips, I love this, the textures are gorgeous! Have a lovely week :-) Elaine-xxx-

  17. A very cute card! I really like you monochromatic color scheme, nice! So happy to have you join us at CC&CC. Joanne

  18. Aww, so sweet and I love the shades of purple. Thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie xx


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