Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sending Love...

Hello again, today I am 'Sending Love' and sharing another crafty make with you.  This time I’m using a digital download and printing it onto Papermilldirect Linen card to create a greeting card suitable for Valentine’s Day or just to say hello to that special person in your life.

Now I haven't entered any Challenges for a long time but I saw the January Challenge over at LC Designs (a new name & branding for Little Claires) and thought I'd give it a try.  The Challenge theme is 3,2,1 and so for my design I used 3 different colours of Card, 2 Words and 1 Digi Image. If you'd like to enter too, the link is here:

The Digi Image is from LC Designs and is called ‘digi birds in squares’ and I printed it out onto A4 Ivory Linen card from Papermilldirect. I set the image to print and adjusted the size to give me 4 images to the A4 sheet. (I’m only using 1 for this project but it’s handy to have extra if you wish to test colours or think you may like to make a batch of cards)
Once the sheet was printed I left all the images intact on the A4 and proceeded to colour the image using a selection of alcohol marker pens from First Edition. I love to colour on linen card as I really like the texture and look it gives to your projects.  After colouring I trimmed the image down to leave a border all around.
I added a few highlights using a white pen to the birds and also used it to colour the dots on the hanging heart and the bird’s wings.
I adhered the image panel to a slightly larger piece of PMD Post Box red card using double sided tape and trimmed to give a small red border, then mounted again onto PMD Buff card to give a larger border.
For the sentiment panel I cut a piece of PMD Ivory Linen card to measure approx.  5 1/8” wide x 5 5/8” high.  Using a ‘Sending Love’ stamp and black Archival ink I stamped the sentiment to the bottom of the card towards the right hand side.
To create the card base I took an A4 sheet of PMD Post Box Red card and scored it in half before trimming down to create a card base measuring approx. 5 ½” wide by just over 6” high.  I used double sided tape to adhere the sentiment panel to the red card base.
I added the coloured image panel to the card front using 3D foam pads to give height and positioned it above the sentiment.  
To finish I added a small red heart adhesive gem to the end of the sentiment.
Digi stamps are an inexpensive way to create the look of stamped images and are useful if you wish to create designs in different sizes or if you are not confident or have dexterity problems with manually stamping.  The image I chose to use is quite versatile as you could also trim to use any of the 4 image squares in insolation or combination as well as in smaller or larger sizes.  If you are new to using your printer and /or printing digital images, LC Designs (Little Claire’s) also  have a couple of free images on their website which are great for testing out if you are unsure. 

Challenges Entered:
3,2,1 Challenge over on LC Designs Blog, link here:

Materials Used:

White Pen – Pergamano

Black Archival Ink

Red heart adhesive gem

Double sided tape, 3D foam pads