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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Diamond Wedding card as not seen on WOYWW - 94

Diamond Wedding
I thought this card would never make it.  The design is one by Robin Cockburn, called "Pearls and Chiffon".  The parchment work and the colouring was not too bad, but getting the parchment attached securely to the card was a nightmare.  It was supposed to be done with brads, but I could not find any jewelled brads that were not huge, and totally out of scale with the design.  So I ended up using blobs of Quickie glue pen, allowing them to dry and then applying the same glitter as I used on the words - Martha Stewart lapis lazuli. Once that was dry, I applied a thick dot of Pinflair glue on the back of each glitter dot, and placing the parchment on to the backing card.  To keep it in place, I ended up having to put a weight in the centre of the design  until the glue had set and hardened.

The wording was achieved by printing it out at the correct size and traced through with the Quickie glue pen, allowing that to dry overnight before applying the glitter, and brushing off the excess.  Then I turned it over and embossed from the back.  that has the effect of pushing the glitter out and creating more of a shine.

The problems continued when I scanned the whole card to keep a record of it.  I had not noticed that the scanner was set on an extra high resolution from when I was scanning in tiny family photos for use later.  So, without me realising it, the file was huge, and gave the computer indigestion, not allowing me to edit and straighten the image.  Then, of course, Blogger refused to upload it until I had shrunk it down drastically.

Anyway, it is done now and the card is ready to send.  Then I can settle down to sorting out all the cards I need for April and May, with a nice bit of playing thrown in for good measure.


Cauliflower Cupcake said...

That is truly beautiful - what a wonderful keepsake XX
happy WOYWW
Rebecca (32) xx

Viv's Visuals said...

Stunning parchment work, Margaret - a beautiful keepsake.

sandra de said...

Such a beautiful card, I haven't done any parchment work so it is lovely to see how it looks.

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Never done any parchment craft but I see you've made a fab job of it.

Hugs, Sandra #14

The Crafty Elf said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous....worth every bit of the effort.

SueH said...

Oh my, there’s a few hours of work there Maggie!

Your card is beautiful and well worth all the hassle with the glue

Happy Crafting.
X x x

JoZart said...

Such a beautiful special card. Lots of work in ti and so detailed. Lovely!
JoZarty x