Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A touch of the Orient

I`m here again today with another of the samples that I have made with the Crafters Companion "create a card" dies which are launched on Hochanda on Friday with Leann Chivers. These dies are called scenic village and almost straight away I thought it reminded me of Willow pattern china and that was my inspiration.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a Card, Scenic Village
Crafters Companion, Catitudes, Oriental Additions dies
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Graceful Edge dies
Crafters Companion, Catitudes 8" x 8" paper pad
Crafters Companion, Centura pearl trends cardstock
15cm x 24cm white base card
white card
Tim Holtz distress inks - broken china & mowed lawn
black Versa Fine ink pad
5mm wide green satin ribbon
sentiment made using Serif Craft Artist graphics program
This is not a card for the faint hearted as it requires quite a bit of thought about how to place the dies, this picture does not do it justice as it looks more vibrant in real life.
The card is made of two parts, the back or base card and the top.
The top section of the card was made first with the ornate graceful edge die and edge part of the same die being lined up and placed on white card with enough space in between for the topper and backing paper to sit and then they were cut out and the edges trimmed to size.
The Catitudes backing paper was cut with the graceful edge edge die and then trimmed down to size.
The base card is then made as a simple side fold card which peeps out below the bottom of the top card but does not show above the ornate top of the top card.
I cut a curve at the bottom of the base card (cut whilst the card is folded) to look like screen feet and coloured  it with broken china distress ink.
From here on the card is simple matting and layering and well worth the effort in the end.
The weather has taken a turn for the worse and yesterday we had a months rain in 24 hours. thankfully the rain has stopped now and its just windy so the little birds and bees can get back to finding food again. My chimney was leaking last year because the cowling on top had slipped but eventually it blew off completely and yesterday was a good test of the chimney which now appears to be dry again.
Stuart washed all his shuttle trays and little plant pots that sit in them on Sunday and left them outside to dry but the pots are scattered all over the garden now with the wind and I will have to go and round them up today before they blow away.  
I was working in the cat shop yesterday and thought it would be quiet with the weather being so bad but instead it was very busy and the time just flew by. I`m back in the cat shop today so I hope its busy again as I love to meet and chat to the customers and occasionally put the world to rights.

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