25 June 2016


A friend of mine recently announced her engagement, so when the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge for Saturday was Wedding or Special Occasion, I thought of her. All things grow with love, a relationship blooms with love as it's centre and grows to last for years to come.


Putting It Together

First an apology for the blurriness in the pictures. I didn't realise my camera settings had changed and I had a light off in the room until I was looking at the pictures when the project was complete.

At the start of this project, I realised I don't have any wedding specific stamps or dies, but I did have this lovely Katherine stamp set from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and with a veil and dress in white she resembles a bride to me. I love this stamp, now retired and out of stock from KKS. She's so elegant like Katherine Hepburn, one of my favourite actresses.

I coloured her with Chameleon markers and fussy cut her. Since my friend is Persian, I was aiming for a darker skin tone, I'm not sure I got it right. I only added shadows to the dress because I wanted it to be white. I did, though, use Wink of Stella on the bodice.

A little glittered netting and pearl embellishment and I had a veil. I was going to try to add a bouquet, too, but everything I have would have been too big, and the bouquet would be mostly hidden by her body in this pose. But, just the veil alone transforms her so well from classic cinema actress to bride.

Her neck was a bit weak so I added some cello tape on the reverse side to reinforce it.

I was trying to work out the background and tried the Spellbinders Victorian Gothic strip without the frame cut. It was in the right direction, but I decided to do the full cuts to put it together.

I also thought about a blue foiled background but decided to stay with white and silver.

I embossed the silver foiled cardstock with Elizabeth Craft Designs Entwined Hearts, one of my favourite embossing folders. I cut 3 of the Gothic strips from a white translucent paper. The die is cut and lightly embossed.

I adhered the strips to the foiled cardstock with glossy accents because is dries so clear and wouldn't be as noticeable under the translucent paper. I added a very thin strip of the silver foiled card stock around the outside of the panel to give it a finished look. The bride is dry fit on the panel, fitting her to my mental image for placement.

Looking through my stash, I have a decided dearth of sentiments relating to weddings. I tried out a few different ideas for the tag and sentiment. Ironically, I ordered a "Congratulations" die (ECD Way With Words)  that arrived in our mail box in Washington a couple days ago (of course -after- I picked up packages on that day and went home).

I decided to use a sentiment from KKS Buds and Blooms since it's true of a relationship, too. I added a bit of sparkle to the ECD Soft Finish cardstock I used for the sentiment by brushing it with Perfect Pearls Confetti White and lightly misting water and wafting it through to set it. This picture is dry fitting so I could consider what else I need and the final placements.

I added additional tiny pears for her hair piece along with one for an earring. I used a trio of tiny pearls to hide the spot on her neck that kept trying to break. They're a little high for where a necklace should sit, but it works for its purpose. I used mounting foam tape to give the sentiment and bride dimension. I then added the last two paper roses I have from a Spellbinder's Makers Kit I got last December. They're perfect for this. Everything is on a white card base, 

Side Note: It is insanely difficult to take pictures of foiled cardstock *laugh*


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps blog 25 June Saturday challenge: Wedding/Special Occassion
Simon Say Stamp blog 22 June Wednesday challenge: Add Some Shimmer
Private FB group: Flowers

Now I just need to get my friend's mailing address.


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