It's my turn to host the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. What fun! The challenge this week is our popular Feminine "Anything Goes" challenge. I can think of so many possibilities!
I decided to make a Birthday card using the Beautiful You stamp set as well as the Charming Cafe bundle. I wanted to create this card in the "Z" fold style and also wanted to have the image of the girl swing out when the card opened. After a bit of planning and some detailed work, it came together beautifully.
I used the Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp all my images as well as the sentiments. That made it possible for me to use both watercolouring and alcohol colouring techniques without any smudging. For the image of the girl, I pencilled in a line where my fold would go and carefully centered her on that line. Then I took my craft knife and cut around the image from the top middle of the umbrella to the bottom of her shoes, along the side facing into the card. That allowed her to swing out as the card opened.
For the inside image, of the cafe, I used both the base for stamping and a second piece of Whisper White. First I stamped the image of the table and chairs on the second piece of Whisper White. Then I used the framelit for the table and chairs to cut those out, after which I used the square topped framelit with the table and chairs at the bottom to cut out the remainder of the "window". After colouring my images, I attached the die-cut Whisper White to the base using Foam Adhesive Strips to create dimension. I also attached the table and chairs with the foam strips.
Unfortunately, the added depth of the inside of the card made closing it virtually impossible. To fix that, I scored a second line along the score line I had made at 4 1/4", thus giving it a 1/8" fold, and the card closed perfectly. It still fits into a normal envelope as well. Bonus!
I'm dedicating this card to my Mum, whose birthday it is today, March 7th. I miss her every day and know she would have loved a simple little card like this.
I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards created by our Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.
I'm also entering my card into the Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes Challenge
I've also entered my card into the Addicted to Stamps & More #181 - Make Your Mark