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The Old Days Series: Happy Wedding Anniversary

Hi everyone, today I have these two cute wedding anniversary cards for you all: I really wanted to use these cute heart shaped wooden buttons from The Ribbon Girl on a card and a wedding anniversary seemed like the right occasion. I also wanted to keep the cards very simple to not distract too much from the button and I wanted the images to go well with the colour of the button.

So, practically I’m creating a card around a button, but other then that, I’m okay ;-) !

And of course I wanted to use the colour red, for love!

I started by stamping “Bella with Flowers” from Wild Rose Studio once on Canson 1557 paper and once on Strathmore “Toned Tan” paper, using Versafine ”Onyx Black” ink and using my MISTI.

Then I started colouring with my Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils: of course I know that elephants are usually some sort of grey colour but I wanted to keep the number of colours on my card limited and a light brown would fit the colour of the button better. So, I went for a light brown elephant!

I used the following colours: 187, 176, 132, 103, 102, 185, 219, 225, 165, 250, 147 and the white Caran d’Ache Luminance. On both cards I used a variation of the above mentioned colours.

Next I die cut around the coloured image using, on one card a circle nesting die and on the other card a square nesting die. I also die cut two matching mats from red card stock. I adhered the coloured images on the mats using liquid glue.

Then it’s time to start working on the background. I die cut two white square panels in the size I want and from the same card stock as my card base. Then I ran these square panels through my Big Shot with the hearts embossing folder from the We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folders set called “Dotted”. The hearts fit the theme nicely but don’t distract. I also die cut several square mats in matching colours that I adhered to the white panels using liquid glue.

I also adhered the different sized panels to each other using either liquid glue ( for the card with the circle image, because the stitching goes over the panel) or one millimetre thick foam tape (for the card with the square image”). Next step is to decide where the stitching goes: I wanted to use needle and thread (I found some red metallic thread in my stash) to adhere the heart shaped buttons to the cards and create a line underneath, also with needle and thread. I used a ruler to make the marks with a pencil and then punctured holes with a puncturing tool. After the line stitching was done, I also used needle and thread to adhere the buttons to the cards.

Because the backgrounds where a little to empty for my taste I decided to splatter on some FineTec Pearl Color. For the card with the circle image I used “Bronze” and for the card with the square image I used “Moon Gold” (my favourite Pearl Color). Before I splattered I covered the coloured images with some post it sheets. When the panels were dry I adhered everything to a white card base. I also edged the card base with the circle image with some Distress ink in the colour “Antique Linen” to bring back some of the light brow colour from the elephant and the button.

And for my final step I wanted to create a fitting sentiment (I created the same sentiment for both cards): for that I stamped one of the sentiments from the Clearly Besotted “Say What?” stamp set on some black card stock using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampendous “Detail White” embossing powder. The sentiment reads “On Your Wedding Day”.

I love this “Say What?” stamp set from Clearly Besotted, it’s so versatile, it comes with 31 sentiments, in a fun font, for all occasions you can think of!

Next I used the smallest die in the Crealies “Double Fun no. 1” die set to die cut banners around the sentiments and I adhered the sentiments to the cards using one millimetre thick foam tape (for the card with the circle image) and liquid glue (for the card with the square image).

And that’s it for today’s cards! I wish you a creative day!

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