Wednesday, June 15, 2011

White Rabbit Belated Birthday Card


Technique: Papercraft

210gsm card stock, cream
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
* Vintage Photo
linen paper
Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Papers
* Jaberwocky
* Curiouser and Curiouser
Christina Re "faux" wax seal
glue stick or similar adhesive

photo editing software, I use Gimp because it's free
paper distressing tool
Alice In Wonderland brush, free download from here
Beyond Wonderland font, free download from here

This week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show is to Show Your Distressed/Torn Edges. Once again I really enjoyed this challenge, because what I started with was so different to what I ended with, and what I thought I wanted to make was nothing like what I actually made!

The other thing I love about the challenges is figuring out what I can do for little or no expense.  It's not that I am a tightwad (well maybe a little) but money I don't spend on something I can make myself is money I can spend on something else I can't, such as a die for my sizzix!  In this case I could spend $30 on an Alice rubber stamp set, or download the photoshop brush set for free, which then allows me to resize, recolour and re-edit any way I see fit.  Digital 'stamping' is limited by what you can run through your printer, but that still leaves an enormous scope for creativity.

The first thing I started with was an image of the white rabbit printed onto linen paper.  I knew that I wanted him to be on a scroll or banner.  Initially I fooled around with making him a banner with a fringed bottom, but the scroll looked nicer.  It's roughed up around the edges with the paper distressing tool and then inked vintage photo before curling up the short edges to create the scroll.

The rest is really just a matter of layering and assembly.  The card is an easel card made from 210gsm weight cream card, aged with vintage photo.  Then a layer of Curiouser and Curiouser, distressed and aged.  Then a piece of Jabberwocky was torn for the front and inside panel, and (you guessed it) aged with vintage photo ink.

The sentiment was perfect for a belated birthday, it's printed out on linen paper using the font Beyond Wonderland.  A little white rabbit card cut from the Jabberwocky paper acts as the prop for the easel card when it's open to prevent it from closing shut.  The faux wax seal was the finishing touch.

I played around with lace and flowers and flourishes, but I liked the clean, masculine feel.

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