Tuesday, April 03, 2007

All Present and Correct.

Well, the photograph was eventually found, lurking in the "shared" docs rather than in "Kathy's" docs - so I wasn't going totally mad when I searched through all my folders and failed to find it.
This is the card I've made, The photo behind the vellum is of the Church the couple married in 50 years ago, although they now live in Australia they are returning to Northumberland for a service of blessing on their anniversary - how lovely is that?
The photo is reaally poor quality so I printed it directly onto the hammered card and the vellum hides most of the bad bits!
The original photo of the couple has them quite far apart, so Lovely Hubby cleverly moved them closer together so I could make my idea work - isn't PSP a wonderful thing? Especially if you've got someone who can work it!

I added a string of gold and clear beads and a tiny bouquet of yellow roses interspersed with crystal flowers with gold centres. Some gold heart brads and some gold ribbon to finish

The Midweek Challenge from the Daring Cardmakers sends us whooshing backwards for a retro themed card, this time a Very Vintage feel is required. I've used one of my own family photos for this one - I think it's a very early photo of my Great Great Grandmother, it certainly bears a resemblance to later ones of her. Now obviously I didn't use the actual photo - this is printed from a scan, and I messed about with lots of Ranger Distress inks to make it look in an even worse state than the original!

I inked a cream hammered card, then completed the background with torn and inked pieces from some old paper - I love the effect you get using old paper for a background.
She looks so tightly corsetted that I added a row of cross stiches down the side to echo that, and I inked up a scrap of lace that was lying on the desk to put behind the photo. The red ricrac is gorgeous - it's a sort of velvety stuff I bought recently from Ribbon Oasis. The button was also lying around - I'd painted it for another project but didn't use it in the end. It needed something else so I added the little dark red rose and leaf. The message was printed on cream card on the pc - then I tore it out and inked away the pristine look of the piece of card that remained. A touch of Krylon gold ink here and there lifts the otherwise dull shades a bit - actually the ink came out in a bit of a rush at one point so I had to go with it and add a few more dodgy blobs - but I think I got away with it.


Em said...

Both cards are fab as always Kathy.

LOVE the one of your G G Grandmother - what a wonderful idea, her waist looks tiny - she'd certainly give the size zero's a run for their money wouldn't she?


Rosie said...

Am sure they will be VERY pleased with their card Kathy - I love the effect tha vellum has on photographs (and hides imperfections to boot!)

The vintage card is great, love the co-ordinated corsetry you've added.

Paula said...

Lovely cards. Hopefully your blog will allow this comment!

Lisa said...

The vellum idea is brilliant and the card looks wonderful. I KNOW they will love it!

Tammy James said...

These cards are bouth stunning! I do especially like the anniversary card.

Sarah said...

Fantastic vintage card Kathy,love all the lacing on it! The other card is so personalised i'm sure they will love it.

Maisymary's Findings said...

Beautiful cards Kathy ! Love your corset stitching idea too ! & the vellum to cover up the parts you didnt like of the photo _velum is so underrated a supply these days ! lol

waves from the Singapore AIrport Departure terminal ( headed for Bangkok for the Easter hols ! lol )

ttfn, Pearl

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

This is just beautiful Kathy - LOVE it!

Rainowgirl said...

Hi Kathy

Been too busy to do any dares for a couple of weeks, but hope to get back to it this next week. I love your vintage card and the lacing in red.

Glad you found the hiding photo and the result is brilliant. Looking forward to seeing your upload of today's dare. Mondrian I think!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards... they are both stunning.

Debbie said...

Fantastic cards as always Kathy. I bet they love the Golden Wedding Card :-)


manicstamper said...

Fabulous Kathy both of them.

mamaluke said...

Ooh I ove that, the touches of red really bring it alive, very vintage!!

Tracey said...

Hi Kathy
just catching up with everyones blogs, both new cards are gorgeous as always. Hope life is treating you well.
Love Tracey

iralamija said...

You make beautiful work!!

Have a nice day!

Bety :)

Esther said...

2 amazing cards! Great idea for the first one espcially

Sam Morris said...

Oh I missed this last week! Simply stunning!

And LOL @ "even worse state than the original"!!!

CarolineO said...

Wow, what stunning cards! The 50th anniversary one is fab, and as for the vintage one...superb! What a marvellous photo!