One of my colleagues had her birthday a while back, and I wanted to play around with some new papers and wooden embellishments I got around Christmas time.
The papers are from Prima Marketing’s Epiphany collection (specifically the Striking Appearance design), which has distressed, watercolour-esque backgrounds with black doodle style images. There is a light and whimsical feel to them, even the ones that have black backgrounds and borders.
I took one of these with a birdcage design down the side. Trimmed the paper and edged it in burgundy, and layered onto black card, then a bit of lace wrapped down the right side. One of the offcuts had a butterfly design on it, so I also edged it in burgundy and layered onto the first piece, overlapping the lace. Then I used one of the matching bird wooden embellishments, which had already been painted in a whitewash.
As always, black base card means an insert is required inside. I used white parchement, and aged it, then added another piece of the Epiphany paper offcut. Happy Birthday stamp (PSX) on the right.
The black envelop also provided a challenge. In this case I used one of my die cut labels (cream cardstock, edged in burgundy) so I could write the recipient’s name. And then the final offcut piece was added along the base of the envelope .
As an aside note, I find it best to use all the offcuts at the time I make the card, on the inside or the envelope. At least I know they will match the main papers, and I have found from experience that if I don’t use them at the time and ‘save them until later’ I pretty much never do.