Sunday, 26 July 2009

Branching out...

Something a little bit different to my usual style. This has been created for a charity I deal with on a regular basis through my work. They invited me to attend a celebration they are having soon to celebrate their 15th anniversary, but I can't go, sadly, so decided to make them a card instead.
Basically, it's a bare branch stamp (Penny Black, I think), stamped on high white CS in Dark Brown Chalk Eyes, then cut out. I used a birch leaf punch to make leaves out of green DP, which I shaped and embossed.. inked the edges with Versacolor Olive, then glittered with Craft Planet irridescent glitter glue. Each one was stuck individually to the ends of each twig, and where there was room to put a sticky pad between them to create different levels, I have.

By hand, I drew the squiggly square around the card using a fine tip fibre pen, and then stuck the branch down loosely on sticky pads so that it's secure, but has movement. I created the 15 using Wordart, cut them out, inked the edges, glittered the surface and stuck in place.

Computer-generated letters for the name of the charity at the top, and stamped 'Congratulations'. Three square gold brads complete the card.

Not happy with the balance, and feel it needs more, but didn't want to go overboard, as this is for a professional contact. Prettier in real life with the 3D quiver on the leaves. Hope they like it!


  1. Wow Chris,

    What a productive day. And this one with the leaves is fantastic - won't be scrapliting though, looks like it took hours - each leaf individually...... But what a fab result, don't be unhappy with it, it is lovely.

    B xx

  2. This looks like it must have taken ages to do Chris, but it is so effective. I really have got a thing for branches!
    Fab work Chris,
    Love Sarita xx

  3. oooh this is soo lovely love all the shimmer and glitter

  4. What a lot of lovely delicate work Chris. I thought I had a fair bit of patience cutting twiddly bits out but you take the biscuit.

    This is so dainty and I think it's spot on!

    Thanks for your much appreciated comment on my blog.

    Lesley Xx

  5. So pretty Chris, I love the leaves, so clever! Kim

  6. I think you have the perfect balance here and love it's beautiful simplicity...they will all love it and hey takes a bit of patience doing all those leaves...big hugs kath xxxx

  7. Hiya Chris
    Well I think i'ts gorgeous and looks so different, very elegant too..


  8. Neat card, love it... just wondering what font you used for the charity, not one I have but love the look of it...

  9. Thank you for all your lovely comments, ladies! :o)

    Jose, the font I used for the letters in 'Branching Out' is LB-Typewriter. It's one from a CD-Rom that came with a Lisa Bearnson scrapbooking book, ordered from QVC several years ago. There is a great collection of fonts on there, including one that looks like Dymo tape. Very cool!

    Chris xx

  10. Thanks for vissiting my blog.I see your a great card maker.Love the leaves.
    bye bye,Lean

  11. Ooh Chris, this is absolutely fantastic! Didn't realise you had been up blogging again!



  12. This is incredible!!! I LOVE it!


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