Ampersand – what a funny word! It’s that squiggly “and” sign: &.
As in Romeo & Juliet, Peanut Butter & Jelly (for the Americans out there!), Tim & Tash… Tim & Tash? My little brother and his new bride! They got married in August, and I made them a very heavy wedding card! It wasn’t planned to be as heavy as it was, but with all the layering it ended up being pretty sturdy.
Here’s the front of the card:
The picture is slightly off-colour, as I was taking it at night, apologies for that. But there’s a white base card, then a gold-toned white shimmer layer, a pastel pink shimmer layer, a pastel blue shimmer layer and then a white top layer! I cut “Tim” from the pastel blue shimmer card offcuts, “Tash” from the pastel pink shimmer card offcuts, and embossed the ampersand using the now retired Ampersand Embossing Folder with some more of the gold-toned shimmer card. I cut round the main outline of the ampersand and stuck it onto the card.
Inside there is the same layering structure with some stamped sentiments:
I also stamped the sentiments onto the envelope:
The shimmer cardstock is a good weight of cardstock – good enough to be used as a card base in its own right (I think at least one of the layers is 300 gsm!) so this is a pretty robust card! I was glad I was giving them the card in person, and not having to pay postage, as it’s an 8×8″ card and heavy. The Little Letters dies are great for projects like this as they are only about 1″ tall, so big enough to make a statement without taking over the card front. I was pleased with how this card came out, and apparently it was instantly recognisable as one of my creations because Tash’s Mum even commented that she thought it was from me as soon as she saw it! I didn’t think I had a particular style as such, but obviously it’s more prominent than I thought. I do like a good clean and simple card!
The colour scheme came from the wedding colours – the only one I was missing was the pastel purple, because I didn’t have any appropriately coloured card. Trying to add yet another layer would have been pretty tricky, though! I did get the purple in there with the Perfect Plum stamped sentiments, and they worked well. Their bridesmaids were in pastels – pink, blue and purple, and the twins had a blue dress and a blue tie which they loved. Smudge had a basket of rose petals to throw on the aisle in front of Tash, and Smidge looked like a mini-me of his uncle in his smart suit. Very sweet!
I have the twins on my own on Saturday as Gary is off to a WordPress thingy – Genesis social, I think – so we might be making a few more of their Christmas cards, as we made a few the other week but still have more required. We made button snowmen last time, so this time we might go for the pompoms or maybe some more buttons. We also have some Christmas shaker stickers and shiny stickers to use. Lovely. That should be a good way to spend half an hour or so. And then I plan to make some of my own Christmas cards once they are in bed! They will be slightly more complicated than the twins’, but probably not much more!!
Have a great weekend, and I will be back on Tuesday. Don’t forget about the weekly deals and the clearance rack, and get your orders in for your Christmas supplies to make your cards in plently of time. Christmas will be here before you know it… If you’d like to make use of my stamp sets and other supplies, please ask and I am sure that we can arrange a crafty evening or two to help you with your festive preparations!