As promised here is one of the beautiful sample cards made by Clare Rowlands from Sundays Designer Day. This is the same criss cross design as the card everyone made in the afternoon – but change the colours, characters and details and it looks so very different.
Here are close ups of all the little details. The edges of the insert has been punched with the pretty Martha Steward Lace Doily punch and the side has been decorated with punched leaves and little birds (from the Molly Blooms Birdhouse on a Branch stamp):
Clare has used Molly the Chef as the main stamped character. I like how she is feeding a little bird, and notice how Molly is ”standing” on some leaves rather than just floating in the air!
Clare has used her Apple Pie, Milk and Eggs stamps to create extra interest on the right side of the insert. Glossy Accents makes the bottle of milk look like it is made from glass. Sweet how the bird is pecking the milk lid!
The sentiment is also one of Clare’s stamps, but has again got the extra detail with the scalloped circle and another bird. I am sure you will agree this is a gorgeous card and I hope the close ups will give you lots of ideas for your own cards.
I was really inspired by Clare’s demo and class – and couldn’t wait to make a card myself using Clare’s tips and style.
Here is the class criss cross card in pinks on the right, and here is my “boy” version in primary colours on the left – totally inspired by Clare’s design.
I really enjoyed making this – although I haven’t quite added enough colour to George’s cheeks, and I completely forgot to add the brown faux stitching!
I decided to use George the Magnificent for my main character on my insert. I paper pieced his trousers and cloak using patterned paper from the paper pack. I coloured the rest of him with Promarkers trying to ensure I used no more than four colours (it’s OK to use different shades of the chosen colours) – a tip from Clare. I have added Glossy Accents to his boots.
For the lower section of the card I used Stanley the Sea-lion! I added Glossy Accents to his nose and the ball. I positioned him on a scalloped circle as per the original design, and also added the tickets in the same position.
Rather than a star on top of my twine bundle I used a large button. I love that twine bundle that Clare showed us!
Mary hand cut the bunting to match the bunting on the original card for me, and I just punched the holes, inked the edges and threaded it onto the twine. Voila – card finished. And I loved making it!
Clare’s TOP TIP for me personally was showing us how to press the distress ink pad onto the craft sheet, and then picking up the ink using the blending tool, which avoids harsh edges. I tried it with this card and was very impressed with the difference. Thanks Clare!
I will have lots more of Clare’s creations to post during the week…