Monday, February 18, 2008

For a Big Birthday



My husband has a cousin who is celebrating a big birthday this weekend, much to her surprise, so I wanted to make her a special card. I though for this one it should be elegant instead of whimsical...see I can do both! Anyway, rather than my usual color it and see what paper I have to coordinate, I picked all of my patterned paper first. The layout of this card I picked up from Pam (4hounds) at Indigo Studio. She creates the most beautiful layered and 3D flower images. I stamped the large flowers, all images from SU! Delight in Life, in Versa Magic Aegean Blue and all the small flowers in VM Jumbo Java. The two flowers are stamped on the same KandCo. paper...the red polka dot is the reverse. I cut them out and added brads, the large ones from Making Memories. The sentiment is stamped in Memories Artprint Brown, on cream cardstock and layered on more polka dot pp using my Nestabilities. It is matted on additional KandCo. paper and the flowers were popped up all around it. The edges of the flowers and panels are sponged with the Artprint brown too. The ribbon is through a slide from the SU! Hodgepodge hardware collection. It turned out to be a really large card, six by six square and the their is quite a bit of dimension...I guess I have to put it in a box! How does everyone else package these large cards? If you have any clever ideas please let me know, thanks!!

13 comments:

Ila said...

Oh My Gosh!!...This is So Beautiful!! and I love all the flowers and dimension. The design and accents are Amazing!!...and the papers you chose are lovely.
When I make a large card I usually make my own envelope out of 12x12 paper...but for this with all the dimension I would probably instead gift wrap it(maybe in tisue) with a pretty ribbon. She will love this card!!

Carolyn King said...

Gorgeous...every last detail!!! love this!

4Hounds said...

Hi!! This is an absolutely gorgeous creation....I'm so flattered that you mentioned me as inspiration--what an awesome compliment!! Mailing and/or delivering layered or dimensional cards can be tricky--believe me, I know!! Most of my cards are 6x6 or larger, and are usually 1.5 inches thick---I need to buy stock in the company that makes the dimensionals I use!
Anyway....to mail a larger, thicker card, I usually gift-wrap the card in DP or fancy tissue first, so it looks like a gift, then send it in a bubble-wrap envelope. To hand-deliver, I usually end up making a box to fit by adapting directions to a box that Nichole Heady has on her blog. (It's super-simple and fast to make.) Thinner paper works better for folding, so I bought some cheap plain-colored cardstock (one of those huge, inexpensive slabs), then decorate it with strips of matching DP and a bunch of ribbon. By presenting it this way, the card actually seems like a gift in itself, and people seem to appreciate them more when they're in a 'fancy' box like this.
Hope this helps. Thank you for the sweet comment that you left on my last post. You really made my day! Love the creations that you share here on your blog. Keep up the great work!! Hugs to you---Pam (4Hounds)

Ila said...

Hi Danielle..just dropping back in to say you will love that sewing machine..it is what I use for cards. So small and works great!!

beate said...

OH my goodness! Your card is stunning! I love it!

Sara said...

This is so beautiful and elegant! I love all the details. I can tell you spent a lot of time on this one!

Rose Ann said...

Wow....this is soooo gorgeous!!! I LOVE it!!

Julia said...

This is just beautiful! love the cut out flowers - maybe she won't mind her 'big' birthday so much when she sees this great card from you!

Bonnie said...

This is gorgeous!! So much work to this! Are your hands cramped from all that cutting??!! LOL!! You have made a fabulous creation!! I would probably hate to give it away!!

inara said...

this card is so pretty!

Susan (rainy) said...

Yes! You can do elegant and you can do it really really well!! This is a gorgeous card.

Jenny said...

Who would have thought to stamp on already patterned paper?! The metal flower centers are truly exquisite. I am inspired.

Hilde said...

This card was awsome!!
Love your work!!