Wednesday 15 September 2010

Christening invitations

I haven't been making any cards lately, I have been too busy I am afraid... First a business trip last week, and then during last weekend my cousin and myself were preparing some invitations for the christening of the daughter of a friend of ours. Here are some pictures and a description of how we prepared it.

The christening theme is the girl you see in the photo and the colours used for everything related to the christening are pink and beige ecru.

First, we actually prepared the stamp with the girl and the name of the baby (isn't that customized or what?). I was so excited, as it was the first time we prepared a stamp. We used the Stamp!t kit from Imagepac. The first attempt was a disaster. Lesson learned: avoid using transparencies to print the artwork! The light of the lamp used to solidify the gel goes through the black printed on the transparency. The second attempt, although we were sure it wouldn't work, actually did the work. Lesson learned: a simple white inkjet paper will work (although we did reinforce the printed black with a permanent black pen). I was excited to see how clear the name was on the stamp

Once the stamp was ready, we started cutting the card stock on which it would be stamped. Then, we used a pink pigment inkpad and transparent embossing powder. One was stamping, the other was embossing. Good teamwork!

Our work then was simpler, which was a good thing after all this stamping and embossing! Cut the pink card stock paper we would use as a frame, round all edges (pink and beige ecru card stock, card blank), glue everything together.

As a cute detail, we stamped a small pink bow on the back of the envelop.

Finally, the invitation text was printed on a pink pearl paper, corners rounded and glued on the inside of the invitation. 

And then, my cousin took some great photos of the invitations! Aren't they great? The photos I mean ;o)

We have more work to do for the christening, as we are going to prepare the decorations and other materials needed for a proper Greek Orthodox christening ;o) Although not card-related, I will post here once we have finished them. So, another busy weekend full of fun!
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Sunday 5 September 2010

Baby bear card

A card I finished yesterday for a friend of mine with a baby boy.

Background and 3D decoupage papers from NitWit Collection. For the star I used Fiskars shapecutter and coloured the edges with blue chalk. Pin It

Thursday 2 September 2010

Passion for Promarkers 67 Challenge

And the second challenge I participate into is... Passion for Promarkers 67. The theme of the challenge is teddy bears, so I thought I could use this really cute stamp I got a while ago. I coloured it with my Promarkers pens and cut it all around.

The papers are from the NitWit collections - one of the cutest products I have found so far.

Eyelets are one of my favourite embellishments. Especially these pink flower ones... just love them.

I made the sentiment with dark pink pigment ink and clear embossing powder.

Finally, what I experimented with for the first tine are the stitches that I have drawn with Sakura white pen. It is also the first time that I have used buttons on a card.

I hope you like it! Pin It

Wednesday 1 September 2010

A Gem of a Challenge 7

Yes, this is the first time I am entering into a challenge - Pink Gem Designs - A Gem of a Challenge 7

I just loved the Pink Gem Designs stamps when I first saw them in a card making magazine. I ordered one, found out about their challenges blog and thought I should give it a try. So this what I came up with.

First I stamped the image with a Memento ink pad, I coloured it with Promarkers and then cut it all around.

Although it's still too hot in Greece, I decided to use autumn colours (given how much I liked them on my previous card).

While preparing the layout, I realised that I didn't have any embellishments that fitted the colours of the card. Then I remembered a YouTube video that I had seen, about how you could change the colours of your brads. All I needed was an embossing ink, gold embossing powder and the heating tool... and voila! Pin It

One of my favourite ones

As the title says - one of my favourite cards. I love the S.W.A.L.K. stamp (notice there is a cat also!) and the colours, although not my favourite ones. I hope you like it too! Pin It

And my fourth card

Oh yes, my fourth card... I gave the third card that I made to my mother for her birthday and didn't take a picture of it :S

With this card, I used the embossing templates from Fiskar (great result, although a bit painful on my hand, as I don't have any embossing/die cutting machines, at least not yet) and Fiskars shapecutter.

I also tried the Glossy Accents by Ranger to give dimension to the letters... only to think a day later that I could have used clear embossing powder. Oh well, that's the way we learn, right? Pin It

My second card

So, this is the second card I tried to make. I used my favourite theme - cats! Yes, I am a crazy catlover and I have two cats, Sakis and Lola....

ok, back to card making. With this card, I was experimenting for the first time with:

  • Fiskars shapecutter
  • Embossing powders
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    My first card ever - Η πρώτη μου κάρτα

    Here's the first card I made. Obviously, a very simple card. I was trying:

    • Stamping
    • Promarkers
    • Round corner punches
    • Eyelets
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      Welcome to my new blog...

      I have created this blog to post my new hobby's creations ... card making!

      Although this hobby is not as popular in my country (Greece), I fell in love with it while travelling to the UK for business. I have been building my stash and everything, and experimenting with the various techniques to see what works for me and what I can create.

      I will be posting here the cards I am creating. And hopefully, the challenges I will participate in!

      So... wish me luck!

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