Cards · Die cuts · Heat embossing · Stencil · Watercolor

To Have and to Hold

When it was certain that we were moving here from France, three years ago, I started gathering info on Ulm, the little city in the South of Germany where we would be moving to. During my on-line research, I met some wonderful people who spent time giving me information on the city, places to live and the German way of life. Soon, these new friends were waiting to welcome me and really made my integration into Ulm so much easier. I now try to do the same with newcomers to Ulm and I will always be grateful to these really special friends. So when one of them announced she was getting married, I just had to hold the hen party for her…and obviously make her an extra special card!

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I was inspired by Vijaylaxmi Siyal’s card at Stamplorations CASe the Designer challenge, but as I had recently made a similar card, I was wondering how to do the same but different. It hit me over dinner while I was staring at my daughter’s t-shirt (she started feeling quite uncomfortable, lol !) and I just left the table and started working on the card! (Luckily I had just finished my meal so I didn’t set a bad example for the kids!)

The Card base : I started by masking the card with washi tapes, brought out a stencil from Ideen Hertz and used my Versamark pen to trace the pattern. I covered it with black embossing powder (with the stencil still on the card), removed the stencil and heat embossed it. I then sponged Momento Tuxedo ink over it, and when it was dry I covered it with glaze to give it some shine. Only then did I remove the masks.

The “Flowers”: The flowers are actually the Seashell cosmo stamp from Stamplorations, which I first stamped in Versamark ink, heat embossed it with pink and blue WOW embossing powders to represent the bride and the groom. I coloured them in with Momento inks with my mini Ranger blender and then fussy cut them. The Sizzix leaf diecuts were cut from paper previously coloured with my Brusho powder paints. I added glaze on the leafs so that it would shine and a drop in the middle of each flower too.

The sentiment comes from JustRite and was stamped with my Misti with Momento Tuxedo ink, before heat embossing it.

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You get a better view here of the background stencil. I also wanted to intertwine the vines around the flowers to emphasise the “To Have and To Hold”.

I really love this card, cause as my hubby said, it looks simple but alot of work has gone into it. And thats about friendship too I guess. Thanks Sarah Jane for yours, and I hope you like this card. Thanks to you, my arrival in Ulm was so much more enjoyable!

Thanks for stopping by!

This is Vijaylaxmi Siyal’s card I’m casing: caseplorations.jpg

I also entered this card in:

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Masking. Theres alot of detail but I hope its still “clean” enough!
Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes
Through the craft room door – Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown – Make it sparkle
Wow Embossing powder – Flowers
Joy Clair – Inspiration photo joyclair.jpg
Stamplorations – Always Anything Goes STAMPlorations-anythinggoes

10 thoughts on “To Have and to Hold

  1. Such a beautiful card, and a great story to go along with it! Isn’t it fun doing nice things for nice people? This is a gorgeous card….love the explanation on how you designed it! Pretty flowers representing the bride and groom….I’m sure they are going to live this!! Thank you so much for sharing your card at Tuesday Throwdown challenge.

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