Thursday, November 10, 2011

knotty Willow tree cards

Trying to work on my stash of everyday cards
(and aiming to send more happy mail), so
here are two "just saying hi" type cards:

An A2 card
5 Willow Squigglefly card mel stampz

and a long & low one:

1 Willow Squigglefly card mel stampz

Both were made with this

from Squigglefly by Rich Davis
(Something I bought quite a while ago).

The first card, a simple A2 card, has the tree image on a large oval with
the sides cut off, to get something a little different shape to it:

5 Willow Squigglefly card mel stampz

The background stamp is Impression Obsession's
Funky Background heat embossed in white.

The image is heat embossed from an ink jet printer on
Paris Bleedproof cardstock
& coloured with Copics:

6 Print & emboss - Cut oval slice sides off- Make a grid background & Colour image

Instead of colouring a sky, I just did a grid using light colours with a ruler.
Then coloured in the oranges, leaves & cute birdies...

7 faux stitching- Pencil in & pierce sentiment

The sentiment is faux-stitched. I drew it on with pencil, pierced holes
and coloured in stitches with a fine-tipped permanent black marker.

8 white embroidery knots on Willow Squigglefly img mel stampz

Then added knots of white thread on the tree.

The second card came about because the Willow tree
reminds me of a Paris street, for some reason, so I thought
I'd repeat the digi several times:

1 Willow Squigglefly card mel stampz

(I erased the little birdies from the image to simplify it a little bit)
and added knotty oranges:

2 knotty oranges

...a stitched sidewalk and some clouds...

stitched cloth clouds & bead rain

...with beaded rain.


(button backed sentiments):

The ribbon was white, but now it's coloured with a
Copic marker (Mimosa Yellow YG00):

embellished clear button

The matching sentiment was made this way:

1) Type up a computer sentiment using a font you like.

2) Change the colour of the font to suit your project.

3) Print it out and punch it out (with one was punches with a 3/4" circle punch).

4) Pierce and stitch around the outer edge of the circle.

5) Colour the edge with marker or what have you (This one is coloured with Copics to match the ribbon).

6) Finally, glue the paper circle onto a clear button (or any button).

And that's all folks!

Hope you're having a lovely lovely week,


Chloe said...

so pretty & detailed! i really love the texture of those trees & clouds especially (^_^) thankyou for sharing! x

Dawn said...

ahh, your signature stitching... love both cards, IO is a fave of mine, great bg!!
you know, it's not have mine but I don't have YOURS!!!


Margaret McDonald said...


Anonymous said...

Incredible originality and inspiration!! The recipients will be so blessed that you put so much time and creativity into these lovely cards! I want to try your pierced sentiment idea ... I'd like to try personalizing a card by piercing the recipient's name in the sentiment line. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us.


Aw, your cards made me smile =)

Crafty Loops said...

Wow, Wow, Wow Mel. Both these cards are so beautiful. I'd recognise them as yours any day with the beautiful stitching. I love both. Your attention to detail is amazing. Lee x

Anonymous said...

Sweet cards sure to make someone's day! As always your workmanship is outstanding. Thanks for the tip about the button backing!

Gail said...

o wow mel..these are Fab.!! i too love all the detail..awesome..tfs..loves ya

Allison Rankin said...

OMG woman...just one of these cards would take me a day and an age to get done. I just love the stitching...they are like little needlework projects!

Anonymous said...

oooh i have just discovered you on pinterest...i will be following you...its wonderously grand here...xoxo

Lisa - papergrace said...

Squuuueeeeaaal! You MUST know how much I love your teeny, weeny knots! ESPECIALLY the orange ones. :D Both cards are so beautiful in all their stunning details. Lovely soft colors that I just want to get lost in. Absolutely glorious mini-masterpieces. ♥

Holly Young said...

Wow Melissa, I'm just loving these! I keep going back to look at all the details again and again. I love your knotted oranges and the stitching of the sentiment is a fab idea! You should enter these in the Squigglefly challenge - this week is to not use any patterned paper so both of your cards fill the bill!

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh my goodness, Mel!! These are both so amazing. The stitching detail is absolutely incredible.

Beate said...

Beautiful cards. Love all the details.
Hugs and smiles

Patricia said...

simply gorgeous!

Erum Tasneem said...

wowie! I loooooove the stitching, it just takes the art in to a whole new level. Beautiful work Mel.