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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Wiper Card for a Wedding Couple

Yay! and thanks to Nancy Y for sending me the link to a tutorial on this card!!
For anyone wanting to make your own, check out this blog: STAMPS, PAPER, SCISSORS It should be halfway down the page and is titled Wiper Card (I'm guessing because the tab swishes up like a windshield wiper blade) ((Cheri, if you need a demo of this on an actual vehicle just c'mon over ROTFLMBO oh, I crack me up ;o)) Be sure and click on WIPER CARD in the righthand column of her blog for a template with instructions!!!

Here's a mechanical card I bought in a box of samples at a stamp sale earlier this summer. Isn't it cool?! It uses two sheets of 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" cs, scored and attached at the end panels. The crab panel moves to the right so it'll close and lay flat. The coolest part, besides the googlie eyes, is the little panel that pops up from the inside as the card is opened (that would be in a long strip with both panels lying back to back). This type of card is best in person because it's so fun to play with!

So this was my inspiration for a casual wedding card for friends that recently tied the knot (don't look any further Krista if you want to be surprised! LOL)

the inspiration card:

Click photos for more detail

and here's mine:

Card closed measures 4 1/4" x 6"

I made my card a little larger to suit the stamp I was using for the main panel.

I've had a bad headache for a couple days so my method on this one was a little scattered ;o) I think I decided on the card format first, then the colors I wanted to use, then the technique, then the stamps. I think ;o) LOL

Anyway, I meant to use the Technique Junkies "Stippled Pigments" technique from the Dec 06/ Jan 07 newsletter, but needed to change so much it ended up totally different than I was picturing. I knew I wanted to emboss in white and add color later so that's what I did, starting with white cs. The color comes from using a Dreamweaver stencil brush and Versamagic Dewdrop Chalk inkpads. All colors used were Pink Petunia, Malted Mauve, Perfect Plumeria, Sahara Sand and Jumbo Java. I love how chalk inks settle into the cs and blend so well as they are drying.

One thing about putting the chalk inks over the white embossing - it tends to color the white and is hard to rub off thoroughly so I used a paper stub with some alcohol to remove the chalk coloring from the embossing. Sounds putzy but it goes quick!

I stamped the flower in the Jumbo Java repeatedly and accented the flourish (all stamps are from the Stampin' Up! set "Baroque Motifs") with a Tombow dark brown fine-tip marker. I used adhesive flat-backed Crystal Stickers Pearls (from Archiver's) as accents. I realized too late that I had a need for two halves on the edges - so I thought they're cheap enough, I'll try to cut one in half! I could hardly believe it worked!! I have to say, you CANNOT beat Tonic cutting tools! LOL The edges looked raw as they weren't pearlized so I used used some liquid pearl on them. I rounded two of the corners because it looked a little harsh.

The half circle slit punch is from SU. I put a brown rivet in the center and threaded a ribbon thru as shown (ribbon is from the dollar bin at Michael's, where a certain friend of mine says it's where bad ribbon goes to die LOL, but we always manage to buy some! This is good stuff - as it's reversible, pink on one side, brown on the other.)

The background is second-generation Jumbo Java, as is the medallion on the pop-up panel. Oops, I guess the Congratulations is a Anna Griffith stamp.

I wish I had a tutorial page to lead you to on the card format - the original card was from a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so if anyone knows of an original source please let me know and I will definitely want to give credit where credit is due - thanks!


Pat Huntoon said...

Pretty card, Nancy! Headaches are tough -- is it a migrane? It doesn't reflect in your work, though...still top notch!

Shirley said...

Love it Nancy! However you decided, it was perfect in the end!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful, Nancy! I don't even see the connection to the original one.....yours is so elegant. Love those colors and images, too.

Evelyn in Oregon

Anonymous said...

Just Beauteous! Nancy. Love the colors and what great use of that set. So sorry about your headache :{ Hope you feel better soon, cheri

Anonymous said...

Sorry Nancy, once I saw my name I had to keep looking. It's beautiful, can't wait to get my mail!

Manna said...

What a great card, Nancy dear! I have been MIA for a couple of weeks. Sorry to have missed all your gorgeous work! But I'm back for a while!

Marie-Josée Trudel said...

I really love your baroque card, Nancy. Did you sponge your inks? I use to do...