Saturday, July 27, 2019

Lobsters and School

Along with other designs, I've been working on a wedding card today. The details given to me were that the Bride is a teacher and the Groom works at a Lobster farm. I have done many a nautical or fish relate card before but never one with a lobster. Not a problem though.A little bit of a challenge but never a problem.

As it was a wedding card and having no given colour scheme to work with, I kept the palette neutral relying on the elements on the card to add texture and height.

The base is kraft card. I then made up the lobster backing paper design myself. I also made the main lobster cut out myself; the same with the pencils which I've personalised with the bride's and groom's names.
For the lower part of the card,  I filled it with magnolia flowers in two different but subtle tones. I added some maidenhair fern to add a slight splash of subtle greenery. Pearl drops were added as an accent. Finally, the greeting banners were placed on the top of the flowers and I tucked three small letters, A, B and C into the mix as a nod to the Bride's vocation.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Wedding Day Cards

I was recently commissioned to make a wedding card. I often get asked to make a card using the theme of their invitation. The invitation showed a natural floral spray as if picked from a very well stocked country garden. Here is the card I made to reflect that initial design.

 To gift a card for a special occasion, only a box will do. I made the box to co-ordinate with the card. Both the lid and the base are lined with matching papers. A tissue cover then wraps around the card inside the box.

The name tag has the couple's initials faintly printed as a background. The same on the main greeting on the front of the card.

The inserts are bordered by the paper design that runs through the whole ensemble. A faint sepia image of the wedding venue is printed on the left-hand side insert.

The right-hand insert has a printed greeting

A separate order for the same wedding but from the Groom's parents this time.

The design was inspired by the flowers from the bride's bouquet; a photograph of which was sent to me for reference.

A gatefold design was chosen as the base card but the customer.

I created the front design with a false front panel which was attached to the left-hand "gate" or fold. A circular piece was then layered on top of the first panel. Around the circle lay a sprig wreath with white berries but where each berry should be, I added a decorative liquid to create "pearl" effects.

I then set about creating the floral additions. The paper roses were made from a beautiful parchment effect paper. These were to be the main focus in the arrangement as they were to be set highest.
I then added thistle, ivy, lavender and pink blossom.

Inside, two pockets were created, one on each fold into which a pull-out card. Each card then had a printed message from the Groom's parents to the Groom and Bride respectively. 
In the centre, another message but to both the Groom and Bride together, along with a photograph of them both.

I carried the floral theme in part through the inside of the card for unity.

Lavender flowers were added after I had taken these images.

*Faces have been deliberately blurred due to data protection and publishing on this site.

A key to the left fold to symbolise the Groom

An ornate heart on the right fold to symbolise the Bride.

The front of the box was left with just a hint of what was inside with a smaller wreath embellished with dainty pearl drop berries and a simple white satin bow. A classic cream and white patterned box lid on a white linen effect card base and an embossed tissue lining.

A wedding gift from the couple's dog was also made, in the form of a personalised bone-shaped sign.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Mystical Motorbikes

I want to share a recent custom order I received for two boxed 50th Birthday cards. The detail was to be centred around the recipient's long-time love of motorbikes and all things mystical.

Luckily I had a motorbike design recently delivered so was able to create a stardust effect motorbike and to still keep it a little bit "girly", the overall colours in pinks and purples, with just a hint of "metal" coming through from behind.
The silver metal theme was added to the numbers and behind the letters of her name.
Both the motorbike and the lettering were mounted onto a band of clear acetate forming a bowed 3-dimensional detail on the card.

The second card was from the recipient's daughter so of course, the text had to read "Mum". Like the motorbike, I had only recently acquired the wolf design and created a cut out shadowed with black card.  This was mounted onto a full layer of clear acetate which itself had black flowers embossed onto it along the bottom edge.
Of course, the moon was a must for a wolf to howl to and the flying vector of the bird finished the card design.
Both cards had printed inserts that matched the front card design.


I will be at Beaumaris each Sunday now until the end of August and this week will be the first week I shall be selling my handmade Room fragrance sprays. I have been making and selling these for years online and locally and they are very popular. They are alcohol-free and long-lasting scents.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Last Orders For Personalised Mortar Board Hangers

 Last orders for personalised mortarboard design university graduation decorations as shown below*, will be Monday, July 15th at 12 noon. (GMT). Thank you.

* The image does not show a personalised design but names can be added to suit as are the university colours.