Wednesday, 7 March 2018

WWC160 - Heidi's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

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


  1. Such a gorgeous and elegant card, Heidi! I daresay, it has a very French feel. I like that you've opted for plain white paper only. It makes the color of your images really pop.

    1. Thanks so much, Shani. I love those images together. It does have a European feel, doesn't it? I'm so glad you liked my card.

  2. Heidi what a beautiful tribute card for your mom's birthday. She would absolutely love your heartfelt remembrance and this wonderful card. I can just imagine the two of you at the cafe sipping a cuppa and catching up on old times. Your card is stunning in everyway. Although I love how you've designed the girl to swing open my eye was really captured by the beautiful colouring job you've done on the cafe and overall card. The brickwork is amazing and the colours chosen are such a great combination. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome card with us. Hugs.

  3. Oh wow! So classy and gorgeous, Heidi! It’s oozing femininity. Love the ideas... and you executed it beautifully. I am a nightmare with a hobby knife. Fabulous card!

  4. Heidi, What a terrific card you have made! You inspire us with your creative thinking "outside the box". Thank you for sharing with us.

  5. I do love this clever card - great combo of images - like Paris in spring. Thanks for sharing your memories of your mum - it's Mother's Day on Sunday in the UK, so I've been missing mine too.

  6. This card is just fabulous Heidi, love the stampset, really nice

  7. What a fantastic scene, Heidi ... such brilliant detailing on both the girl and on that oh so tempting boulevard café ... your craft knife cutting is impeccable! Anita :)

  8. fabulous colouring. A great card.Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps & More. Hope to see you again
    Shylaa DT@ATSM


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