Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! My husband and I went to Florida for the July 4th holiday to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law. We also saw my other brother-in-law, his wife, and their two children. We had a wonderful time filled with delicious food and great laughs. It was great to see them again! During the trip, my sister and I went to a local aquarium and had a lot of fun looking at sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, and clown fish. It reminded me of our college days when we went to an aquarium any chance we could get. We always had a blast!
Now we are back home and settled into our routine but there is one more special occasion for me and my husband! We will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary very soon! Seems like yesterday when we first met. I made this card reminiscent of young loves etching their initials in a tree. I changed it up a bit by hanging a heart sign from a tree with our initials on it ~ G + V. I wrote the sentiment for the inside of the card and typed it in Word using an oval-shape text box. The font is Batik Regular in light blue and I love how it looks like it came from a typewriter. I changed the oval’s border style and color to a tan stitch border. I cut a 4 1/2 inch oval from Cricut’s Storybook cartridge on cream cardstock and then taped the oval to a sheet of copy paper to get it to print the stitches and message appropriately. It took a couple of tries to line everything up but I am pleased with the result. I hope Glen likes it. It usually takes me a while to complete a card because I tend to over think every decision, but I guess that means I’m either a perfectionist or I just want it to be as special as it can be for the one I love. The front of the card is cheery with blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and two love birds sitting in the tree with our heart sign. There is also a wooden sign from Cricut’s Walk in My Garden (WIMG) cartridge that reads “love” thanks to the help of Cricut’s Design Studio. For the inside of the card, I embossed a Martha Stewart image of a bird sitting on a branch, using brown ink and clear embossing powder and then heat set it to make it glossy.
What do you do if you don’t have any clouds on any of your Cricut cartridges? Well, that is what happened to me in this case. I was so determined to have clouds on my card that if I couldn’t modify an image in Design Studio I was going to free-hand some clouds with scissors. Fortunately, I found a tree top image from my Wild Card cartridge and was able to “modify” it in Design Studio. The tree icon intended for the owl card’s envelope can be turned into a cloud by using the ‘hide selected contour’ feature to hide the smaller half of the split tree top. Repeat this step again with another tree top and then rotate it until it’s upside down, and with a bit of maneuvering and welding, you get a passable cloud. I made two clouds for the front of the card. Do you think it’s passable? I think it worked out ok. For screenshots of how the cloud was formed, check out this pdf – Cloud Tutorial Using Wild Card. To add some texture, I embossed the clouds with a D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder.
If you would like more details on the overall card, leave me a comment and I will give you the exact measurements.
Thanks for looking!