Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Friday, November 8, 2019

I'm Baaaack!! Let's celebrate with a couple wedding cards.

Hello my dear crafty friends, I know it has been awhile... a long while!  Not only has this past year (yikes!) been a medical challenge for me, but also for my husband and son who is 20.  Let's just say that 2019 has been just awful for my family, so please keep us in your prayers as we continue to deal with medical issues (and let's not forget the bills!).  We've been fortunate enough to not have financial problems our entire 30 year marriage, but this year has definitely taken its toll.  Medical bills up the you know what!  Anyway, my crafting has definitely seen a slow down this year.  I'm just now starting to get back into the swing of things.

I recently had a need for two wedding cards, one for my best friend in California and the other for a good friend to give to her nephew who's getting married soon.  She loved the first card I made for my best friend and asked me to make another just using the colors in her nephew's wedding.  I so enjoy making cards for a specific person or event.  These cards you will notice are very different in style for me.  I also used some new products, so that's always fun!

I started the foundation of my cards on some watercolor paper from Ms. Sparkle & Co.  I chose the light grey and light pink papers then used some white Glitz Glitter Gel from Gina K. Designs through a SSS Falling Leaves stencil and let it dry overnight.  I knew I wanted to use the beautiful butterflies from Spellbinders, they are a layered or 2-piece die-cut and I wanted to use the Platinum vellum for the top layer ( a product I bought several months ago but never used).  I also wanted to use similar colors in the cards that the weddings had in them.  For the layering paper behind my front panel I chose a paper pack from Clarity Stamps called Indian Summer- very organic colors and designs.  Reminded me of how alcohol ink flows and dries on Yupo paper.  Anyhow, I chose fall colors for the first card and blues and maroon for the second card.  Each card also got a 1" strip of the paper to place underneath the lace adhesive strip I used on the cards.  I have a stash of silk and paper flowers in my stash and picked out ones I thought would look nice.  The cards are a bit bulky with the flowers but I knew they would be sent in a box, so I wasn't too worried about that.

I fiddled with the arrangements until they came to my liking.  I taped down the paper strip/lace strip, then used my hot glue gun to adhere the floral elements securely.  I adhered the butterfly layers with some small glue dots just in the middle along their bodies then repeated that to secure the butterflies to my card.  I added pearls and gems from my stash.  The sentiment strips are from Tim Holtz Ideology, called Small Talk and are adhesive backed.  Lots of wonderful sentiments black on white and white on black.  When I was done, I felt the right upper corner was a bit bare, so I stamped in a light grey ink from Altenew a "Wedding Wishes" sentiment from Stampin' Up's Floral Phrases stamp set.  I also used other sentiments from that stamp set on the inside of the cards.  For the second card I added a couple flat die cuts under the flowers.  I used silver glitter paper and a Penny Black sprig die plus a MFTs Abstract Heart die in pink paper with shimmer added.  FYI I also recolored the dark paper flowers to Navy Blue with my Copic markers.  Worked great!  I added a large pearl to the dark red flower as well.

I prepared the white card bases from 110# Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock.  The first card I stamped a large sunflower stamp at the top and bottom of the inside panel, again in a very light grey ink (my friend is to have a sunflower in her bouquet).  For the second card I stamped a large butterfly instead in the same manner.  I stamped some sentiments on the inside then mounted my cards to their corresponding card bases.
 I do think they came out quite lovely and elegant!  I hope the recipients enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

I hope you enjoyed my cards as well.
Hopefully I'll be able to post more often.

Take care and God bless,


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