This card is A4 in size, so you can see it is a really big owl !! It was made as a Thank You card for a work chum of Stuarts who brought us some fudge back from her holiday, I thought it was a lovely gesture and wanted to say how much I appreciated it. I love fudge by the way... but then doesn't everyone?
The Digi Stamp image and colourful papers came from a CD-Rom by Funky Hand called, Dreams Come True, part of the Papercraft Factory range. The paper is Rey, Text and Graphic 160gsm, a super clean, bright, smooth and brilliant white almost card paper, that I buy from my local Staples store. The corners are a Mandala stamp cut into quarters, the stamp is called, Waterlily by Glenda Waterworth over at Graphicus.
Firstly I decided on an experiment, I chose the background paper from the Dreams Come True Cd and decided to run a full A4 card blank through my printer to see if it would work. My printer takes up to 300gsm card and it worked really well, so I ended up with a funky A4 card to work with. I am not recommending you trying this with your printers of course, it might not be such a happy result if your printer can't take the card weight.
I printed the owl image onto an A4 sheet of the paper, and then printed the funky background onto another sheet, then put the printed sheet back through again and printed the owl image over it. So far so good....
I cut out the eyes and the beak from the unpatterned sheet and then cut round the main image leaving a nice border around the edge, makes cutting out the feet easier (sly wink). I then cut the owl out of the patterned sheet, I actually cut off the feet to make it easier, and then used some Crafter's Companion Iridescent Spray and Sparkle Glitter Varnish to give it a lovely sparkle. I then stuck the patterned image onto the unpatterned image. The eyes and beak were coloured with promarkers, and then stuck them on, the beak I raised slightly, the eyes flat, though I have added some blue plastic, foamy round embellishments to the eyes. I then stuck the whole image flat onto the card base.
I printed out another sheet of paper with the same pattern I used on the owl and used the Waterlily stamp with a black ink pad. I cut it out and then sprayed it with the Glitter varnish, and then cut it carefully into quarters and stuck a piece into each corner. Finally adding a cheerful Thank Whoo, with some alphabet stickers that I found in my crafty stash.
I quite liked the finished result, and hope that Val does as well, when Stuart gives it to her at work tomorrow. I am pretty sure she doesn't read this blog, so have no worries of the surprise being ruined.
I just wanted to say that I am not affiliated to any of the Craft Shops, Persons or Blogs (except of course GTC's Crafty Corner) that I mention on this Blog... I wish I were lol.
All Craft Materials and Tools are my personal likes, and none are sponsored by anyone else. I say what I personally like, and if you know better ways of doing things then please let me know. I would love to hear from you.