Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rose Birthday Card - GrandeMark Challenge Entry 1

It's that time of year again: time for the 2013 GrandeMark Challenge.  I entered it last year too.  I think I will do the same: take a week off work in May to crank out some projects before the deadline.

My sister's birthday was this month, so I made her a card.  I have enough of the background paper to make two.

For the one on the right, I used a border punch but on the other I used the Theme Album die from Accucut Craft.  I put my paper over just the section I wanted and it created a fancy bracket-shaped border for me.  I distressed the edges of the background paper (from Die Cuts with a View) and applied Walnut Stain Tim Holtz ink to the edges of them and the edges of my borders.

On both, I used the Flourish die from Accucut Craft to accent the flower. The flower and sentiment are from a Close to My Heart stamp set.  I also added some sprinkles from Annabelle Stamps for a bit of bling.

I coloured the flower with my red Copic marker (lipstick - I only have one red).  Then I used a brown to add the shadow and then ran over it heavily with the red again.  I used Bazzill double think white paper to colour and cut out the roses because I knew I would be soaking it pretty well with the red.  A Sakura stardust gel pen accents the flower centres. (TIP: I used my black Copic marker - but any black marker will do - to line the edge of my cut out rose so that it would not show white.  I think it helps finish the look a little better.)

My aunt isn't well.  She is home from the hospital now, I'm told.  She is all the way out in New Brunswick.  I made her a card today and I used one of my newest Accucut Craft dies.  Once I get it photographed, I'm going to enter it too!

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