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Thursday, 27 August 2009

Ostrich Principle

Hi All

Working on the Ostrich Principle of if I don't think about Christmas it can't possibly be so close, I decided to make mum's birthday card today. While I've been off work mum has been an absolute godsend and I don't know how we would have managed without her so I wanted to make something that made a statement!

This is my first 8x8 card and I am reasonably pleased with how easy it was to put together, especially as my largest cardstock was only 12x12 so there was a lot of cutting and sticking. Anyway, I used Bazzil cardstock, Papermania papers and Papercellar card (pearlescent blue), and this Penny Black "Sun Dried" image reminded me so much of mum. Flowers, sticky ribbons and peel-offs are from stash and sentiment was done on the computer.

I watercoloured the image (Winsor & Newton pan paints) but was a little stumped about the sky - I wanted it fluffy - soooo, after a bit of thought, I cut a scalloped oval with my Nestabilties and used that as a mask and then gently chalked the sky in. I hope the photo shows it ok - I was thrilled by how subtly effective it is.

Finally the inside, Papermania papers, layered with printed sentiment. Miniature printed version of Sun Dried layered again with the Papercellar card.

This was a full morning's work, but mum is certainly worth it.

Squirrel xx


Helen said...

Beautiful card Squirrel - I'm sure your Mum will love it! :0)
The sky looks fab...must give that a try sometime!
Helen x

Mina said...

I bet your Mum will love this beautiful card...so pretty
Mina xxx

Shelly said...

A really beautiful card Squirrel, your Mum will love it! I love the image you've used (I have that one too), and the w/c effect is lovely. Great sky! The little extra touch inside finishes it all off nicely :)
Shelly x

Pauline C said...

Brilliant Squirrel - totally love the sky effect - how clever!! I've got something for you on my blog hun
Pauline x

Anonymous said...

Where would we all be without our mums :) She's bound to love this card Squirrel - not only beacause it looks fantastic but because it was made with such love and gratitude. Well done x

Anonymous said...

p.s. I do the ostrich thing too - then come November I'm in a panic lol ;)

Caroljenks said...

This is fantastic Squirrel :)

That sky is ace! What a great idea - I love chalks for the subtle look of sky but masking it like that is fab!

Carol x

PS - Christmas?................Do I need to start thinking about it then?

Uma said...

lovely and colourful

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