Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In the Details

The difference between a flat store bought card, and a hand made card is in the details. The personal touch of a handmade card, screams I loved you so much, I spent some time on just you! When I receive a hand made card from someone (no matter the age), I treat it like a painting from a museum. It gets proudly displayed in my craftroom, much like Christmas cards adorn your home during the holidays. I NEVER toss them out!

I love the details that can be created on such a small canvas.

From Flamingo Scraps: Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Woodland Fantasy; Ranger Glossy Accents; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Walnut, Tumbled Glass, and Vintage Photo.

Other Products: Provo Craft Emossing Jacket; Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch, Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen; Seam Binding Ribbon, Zutter Distress It All.

I created this card with the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Pixie Post papers. Look at the details closely.

The embossing and coloring of the card's background give depth and texture. They take you straight to the tropical rainforest. The tattered post card that is dressed, bent and folded looks like it has been tossed around by the wind.

Notice the postage stamp on the postcard.

Yes, the flower used as an accent piece is colored just like the one in the postage stamp on the postcard. This is a very small and hardly noticeable detail, but it was definately. The Fairy sitting on top of the daisy is similiar to the one in the postage, and she is positioned like she is reading the card. The coloring and folding technique of the daisy gives the flower texture and depth like a real flower. But the best detail of all, is the sprinkles of glossy accents around the card to give the effect of rain drops or dew.

I don't know if I am more excited to create one of these masterpieces for a special someone, or to receive one. How 'bout you?


  1. Beautiful card

  2. This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee that flower and the fairy! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Lovely! Your question is a tough one. I love getting homemade cards, but I do think I enjoying giving them more.


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