Sunday, 26 February 2012

OTT on the luuurrrve theme :-)

It's been a funny day. I wanted to make a Mother's Day card (it's creeping up on us here in the UK -Sunday 18th March!). I went searching for inspiration and ended up coming across my Tim Holtz seasonal paper pad, finding some unused valentine's papers, and made a valentine's card instead. I tried to kid myself it would do for our wedding anniversary, but now it's finished it says "valentine" all over the place and I'll have to just keep it for next year :-) Anyway, I'm pleased how it turned out and I hope you like it!

"Front cover"

This is an "accordion" card. The covers are thick card (scavenged from the cover of an old calendar) covered in patterned paper. The inner accordion part is 300gsm white card, 11" wide, folded at 2 3/4 " intervals (making 3 folds and 4 panels), then die-cut whilst folded so the sides remain intact for the joins, but the top and bottom has pretty edges to match the covers. The first and last panels are glued to the insides of the covers together with a length of lace to act as a closure.

"Inside accordion folds between the covers"

The panels are decorated with distress inks, stamped with script and covered in gold perfect pearls, then stamped again with a butterfly stamp. Images and lace are glued in place. All the lace started out as white and was inked with distress inks to match the project.

"Closeup of first panel showing detail"

The edges of all the images and letters are inked with distress inks to match. The frame effect on the individual panels is achieved by masking with a panel cut from a smaller die.

"Other side"

The panels on the other side are decorated in a similar way.

"Alternative display"

The bottom points are cut from all the panels to help the card stand straight. The panels can be arranged in different ways to display different aspects.

Sizzix Bigz Movers & Shakers Ornamental die
Sizzix Movers & shakers Mini Ornamental die
Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany
Perfect Pearls: gold
Tim Holtz paper pads: Seasonal, Lost and Found
Tim Holtz Salvage Stickers: Seasonal
Cardstock: thick scrap & white 300gsm
Lace: various
Adhesives: PVA, Glossy Accents

Entered for the following challenge:
Joanna Sheen - Love is in the Air
Charisma Cardz - Love is in the Air
Sarah Hurley - die cuts
Simon Says Stamp - use three different papers


  1. oh this is just brilliant just love the detail on this super shape too hugs Cherylxxxx

  2. This is so sweet, love the colour combo. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
    xx Vee

  3. This is gorgeous Maddy. I love the accordion style. The papers are stunning. Lee x

  4. Maddy, after seeing what you've posted at the Graphic Fairy, I went through your blog and I just love it!
    I think there is much i can learn from you, so I'm your latest follower :)

  5. A great creation hun! Thanks for playing over at Charisma Cardz! xxx

  6. Such a wonderful project, looks really great.

  7. A lovely card. Great idea. xxxx

  8. a lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week for our Love is in the Air challenge! Gemma :)

  9. Gorgeous!

    Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week! x

  10. Very pretty, such a wonderful card design! So glad you could join us this week at Charisma. Good Luck!

  11. Another gorgeous work of art. Love Kathy xx

  12. beautiful card hun, so much work has gone into this, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.
    Shell xx

  13. Lovely Card - thank you for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges!

    Sarah x


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