Thursday, 30 June 2011

Birthday Card - 'less is more' - not in this case!!!!

I needed to make a special card for a friend's upcoming 50th birthday
so immediately thought of using my favourite of all dies
Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix 'Sewing Room' Bigz die (again!!)

I painted the form with silver acrylic then stuck on
black sequins with Glossy Accents trying not to make
too much mess as it was all oozing through the holes in the sequins!
I sprinked gold glitter all over to mop up the excess.

I added some embellishments - a beaded belt,
a silver handbag and silver flower at the neckline.
.... and a beaded necklace too, well it is a special occasion!

With the form finished, I wanted to create something really
special to mount it on - well, I failed and ended up with something
quite simple really, but I think it works anyway.

The card I used was embossed already except for a square area
in the centre.  I tried using the brayering technique on the square,
with blue ink, then overstamped with Stampers Anoymous
 (Pattern Pieces CMS012).  I think this technique is not as easy as it seems,
but I'm sure I'll improve with practice.

I used more of the blue ink to highlight some of the embossed flowers
on the card.  Once done, it was all too heavy and dark and I wanted the dress form to take centre stage.  A sheet of white vellum came to the rescue -
attached with small brads in each corner - it muted the dark colours - yay!

I thought a little bit of stamping onto the vellum would finish it off
- I got a bit carried away though and with hindsight wouldn't
have done as much  - note to self:
'remember less is more!'
I even went on to stamp the same pattern around the envelope,
but I like how that looks - LOL.

The stamps I used were
Technique Tuesdays (Borderline:Notions)
Stampers Anonymous (Pattern Pieces CMS012)

I'm pleased with the dress form, but not so with the background card.
However, I always think to myself would I be happy to receive this
and yes, I would, so I'm going to give it to my friend and hope
she'll like it. 

Thanks for looking x


Netty said...

Sherry your card is fabulous and very special, love it. Annette x

Nina Lise Moen said...

This is not a card, Sherry, it is a piece of art! Your friend will love it!

Meggymay said...

Its a fabulous card Sherry, I'm sure your friend will adore it.
Yvonne xx

PeggyR said...

Love what you did with this card!

Terry said...

What Nina said! It is an amazing work of art!

Mrs A. said...

It would almost be worth beinbg 50 to get this gorgeous card! A total stunner. Youv'e done it again Sherry. Hugs Mrs A.

Kathy said...

It's drop dead gorgeous Sherry.. love it.. all those little sequins.. I'm sure your friend will love it!

Deborah said...

Wow, that dress is something! And I like how you used the vellum. A fabulous card.

Sam said...

Your friend will love it!! I love all these dress forms you do, they are stunning! Love the sequins on this one, you are so talented! x

Ira said...

A little black dress is something every girl should have in her wardrobe, so your friend will be thrilled to get yours!! Fabulous black against the blue background, gorgeous!!

Gini said...

Fabulous dress Sherry, your friend will love it, she'll feel like the Queen of Hollywood, whereas you could dance in the audience on TOTP in that glamorous dress :-)

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