Archive for August, 2016

Gaming and selling cards

August 15th, 2016

Over the Easter weekend I held a card stall at a gaming convention, an alternative to running a game as I had been unwell and didn’t have time to write it.  I didn’t do my usual range of cards, instead focusing on a range that reflected the themes of the games – fantasy, horror, historical, alternate history etc.  I also did a selection of children’s cards as there is a day where younger players are the focus.

I was surprised by what did sell – dragons and wizards, and Egyptian themed things – and by what didn’t (children’s cards and anything steampunk).  I might do it again in the future, but not for all four days of the weekend.  Still it was an interesting experience – and if you are interested in anything here let me know, I probably have some left…

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Small cards

Small cards

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Another wedding card- My Mothers dress again :)

August 14th, 2016

I knew there was another one!  This was from a family friend’s wedding in February.

Stamp:  My mother’s dress (Inkadinkado, Dawn Houser), stamped on to cardstock which is distressed, stained and rolled in the corners.  The dress itself was given a light wash of iridescent gold Twinkling H2Os, and then the stamped piece was layered onto a piece of gold paper (slightly offset) which was also rolled at the edges.  Meanwhile the base card (metallic cream) was edged in aged mahogany distress ink, and then a piece of Serendipty paper (with birds etc) was distressed and layered on top.  The stamped design and gold paper with then layered on top at an angle.

Then to decorate:  Kaisercraft burgundy pearls in all 4 corners, and the bottom 2 of the stamped piece (not the upper parts of that as they were rolled).  A wooden bird piece was added in one corner, and 3 ribbon roses in the other corner (attached with glossy accents)

The envelope was distressed in the same way as the stamped cardstock (edge in ink and stamped with mesh design).  I used doublesided tape and then added MegaFlakes down the side to get the foied effect, and then added a single ribbon rose and pearl around it to tie it back to the card.  I don’t have an image of the card interior, but had another strip of foiled tape.

Birds and roses wedding

A few more cards

August 14th, 2016

A wedding card (using a favourite stamp) and a farewell card.

Although this stamp, My Mother’s Dress, is not strictly a wedding one, I find it works well on wedding cards if I am designing for the bride.  I used it a few years ago for my manager, although this time I was going for a different feel and colour palette.  While there is a hint of pink, I was going for creams, and the stamped piece is mounted on a piece of gloss card that has been stained with alcohol inks in a range of browns and rust colours, making a rusted piece of card.  The dress itself was coloured with twinking H2Os, and I have used a real lace doily and some vintage style washi tape at the top and bottom.  I really liked the softness of the overall effect, and was pleased with the whole card.

Sepia and lace wedding

The second card was also for a work colleague who was leaving, as she appreciates my work I put a lot of effort in.  The lady was stamped onto patterend paper, which was layered onto craft card which had been punched down one side and stained.  I wrapped lace around both pieces, and then layered it onto a piece of matching paper (same series) which had also been stained around the edges.  A cream flower was attached to the front.

The envelope was decorated with a journalling tag from the same series, lined so I could write her name, and then a flower was attached to the front.  I really liked this one too – obviously the cream and sepia palette is a think for me right now, but I think it works 🙂

Vintage charm farewell

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