Thursday 15 March 2012

Using 'Mists' - Cassidy's Birthday Card

This is the card I made for a crafting friend, Cassidy. To help us theme her cards we were told she liked dolphins, cats, hedgehogs, pink and purple. (There were probably more but they've escaped me!).
I had a mass panic as I don't have anything to do with ANY of those lovely creatures - except my own gorgeous cat Frankie (featured to your left!) - I certainly wouldn't plaster him with Distress Ink and glimmer mists as he's beautiful enough already!

I then heard that Cassidy likes anything quirky and I know she uses the dreaded 'cogs and gears' in some of her work. I say dreaded because I don't 'get' them at all!! I like what other people do with them but they always make me want to ask 'Why???'.

To cut a long story short, I found an inexpensive embossing folder and some very attractive stamps with cog filled flowers - even I liked those! The following pictures will show you what I came up and I was quite pleased with the finished result. I wanted to make it slightly wacky and unlike anything I've ever produced before. Did I succeed? You'll have to decide on that one.

I used loads of cosmic glimmer mist in various shades to pick out the texture of the embossed 'cogs'. I thought I would show this piece  for the challenge at The Sunday Stamper.

The completed card - the image is a little dark and doesn't give a clear view of the shimmering colours but hopefully you get the idea!

This image shows a close up of one of the flowers I made from acetate. I stamped the image using Stazon and cut out the flowers and leaves when they were dry. I secured the flowers using heart shaped brads which I coloured with permanent marker pen - I don't have any alcohol inks for that : ( !

Here you can see one of the acetate flowers before I secured it to the card. I shaped it by using a heat gun and pushing the softened flower into a pencil sharpener lid! A tricky business and one of my flowers shrank to the size used in a doll's house because the gun was too hot!

You can also see the inner layer of the card which I stamped with Distress Ink and water to soften the image.

The black and lightly coloured layer in the left corner is the main background layer of the card. I also used a piece of sanded and inked C'oredinations card.

In this image you can see the layers of the card more clearly. The lettering is of course a TH die. I inked each letter and sprayed loads of shimmery mist over them. With a final coat of glossy accents they looked as if they'd been painted with pearly nail varnish!


  1. those flowers are amazing Julia!! love the stamp. the colours are gorgeous too lainey x

  2. Gorgeous, love those flowers! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  3. I think it is super and wonder if I can have an "official" birthday EVERY month so I can have one of your cards - LOL. Where did you get the cog folder I love it. BJ

  4. Thanks for your comment on my blog, decided to hop over & take a look at yours. Wow, just loved looking at your work, especially the March Hare & the Vintage card. I, like you love anything Victorian. Loved your choice of colours. Blog hopping is great!

  5. I think those flowers are amazing! I love the whole thing, a super card x

  6. The card is even more stunning IRL, and is proudly displayed on top of bookcase! No idea why I like cogs... I blame BJ!

  7. Wowzer this card is great! Thanks for popping by to see me. Cindy x


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax