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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Commissioned Birthday Card

I was asked to make a birthday card for a customer's grandfather who will be 69 years young this week.  The brief was gardening and very colourful.  Sometimes when a topic comes up I want to run and hide but I knew exactly where to look for images - Joanna Sheen's Cottage Garden CDs - only problem there were too many nice ones to pick from!!!

In the end I decided on four images all of which I used the snapshot tool and took into My Craft Studio (MCS).  I then printed off three of the images larger as I was doing an A4 card and printed them out at 100%.  The other image I made large but took down to 20% and then put a verse on top from a CD I bought some years ago.  Normally I would have made a verse up myself but this request was sprung on me.  I did lots of matting and layering, added embellishments of card candy, gems, flowersoft and finally the finishing touch to the front page which was decoupaged was to make a little floral display (little tip here, some of the wires were white so I coloured them with my Holly Green Promarker - perfect!!!) not very good really as I could do with some flower lessons of Joanna Sheen - and what with a sentiment and some ribbon the card was finished.  Just hope the customer likes it.

This card fits the criteria for the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations - distressing

Daring Cardmakers - Garnet

ABC Challenge - L is for layering.


{Jane} said...


thanks for joining us on ABC :)

Hugs Jane x

Beryl K said...

This is lovely Kym, what a lot of work and it certainly shines through your card
Beryl x

Sally said...

Gorgeous card. I know he will love it. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.

jordiegirl said...

Kym that card is stunning - how could anyone not like it!!!!

You have excelled yourself again.

I've just purchased the My Craft Studio Deco Follies CD-ROM - can't wait to have a proper play with it.

I also love Joanna Sheen's CD-ROMs too.

coldwaters2 said...

Kym this is stunning those images of gardens are just so beautiful the verse all matted and layered the flower display all the elements are just fabulous you have done a grand job my friend.

Lorraine x

Maria Matter said...

absolutely gorgeous Kym!!!

blessings, Maria

* Shaz * said...

A Beautiful card Kym lovely images i'm sure your customer will be thrilled with it x

Queenie said...

Hi Kym
Beautiful card sure your customers Grandfather will love it.
Thanks for joining us over at Creative Inspirations this week and goodluck.

Kathy said...

You've done a lovely job here, thanks for sharing with The Daring Cardmakers

jordiegirl said...

Hi Kym

Do you use any particular card/paper to print out on from the CD-ROMs as they always look stunning?


Cheryl said...

oh this is really beautiful what a wonderful design thanks for joining us at creative inspirations this week love cheryl xxxxx

Kelly said...

You pulled off the masculine look, which is always hard to do! great job!

SueH said...

I’ve never used any of the JS CD’s.
The image you’ve used is beautiful and what a great idea to add the Flower Soft for texture.

Thanks for joining the daring Cardmakers this week.

Lynda said...

A very beautiful card. Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

Lynda xxx