Sunday, February 23, 2014

A random share cos it was a lot of fun to make


004A wonderfully sweet colleague of mine has accepted a more reliable position at another educational institution.  While we were sad to see her go, we were all so happy for her that she was able to secure a position where her future was more assured.  She is a sweet, wonderful, generous, intelligent and awesome lecturer, our institution’s failure to keep her is certainly a great loss.  So I was charged with the task of coming up with a card, that would show her that even though the institution let her down, she was meaningful and well loved by the department.

I really had so much fun making this card and thought I would share both the card and how I did it.


How I did it:

  • For the Background layer:
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  • I tore up bits of dictionary paper and made a collage of it.
  • I inked that with Brushed Courdroy and Gathered twigs Distress Ink.
  • Stamped butterflies from both the Stampers Anonymous range and Prima Marketing randomly all over that.
  • Used White Picket fence Distress Stain to tone down the colour intensity while preserving a relatively crisp image.


  • I wrinkled a piece of tissuepaper and podged it down on the first layer of the background.  I swiped that with Broken China Distress Ink and then overswiped with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  This gave me a nice hint of a blue translucent colourwashed sky but allows you to still see the stamped background, the wrinklin added some lovely texture.

  • The butterflies in flight are die-cut from Sizzix, Spellbinders and a made-in-china mini handheld punch.



  • I used the Sizzix alteration Alphabet Typeset Strip die and the Quickutz Alphabet Parade Font dies to make the sentiment.

The “dreams” part of the sentiment is cut out of Cordinations Brown Linen Cardstock and then Glossy Accented. The rest is cut with the Sizzix Alphabet Typeset Strip Die and Glossy Accented. The Typeset die is new to my collection but it is fast becoming my go-to die for die-cut text.




  • Not to be out done by the front of the card – the inside has a cute sentiment which I stamped first in White Picket fence Distress Paint and then lightly colourwashed over with various Distress Inks. I die-cut Umbrella Man and added more punch out butterflies.
  • This was a group card for a lecturer so I thought it would be cute for the part where we are going to write our personal messages ,to be a notebook page, I used the Sizzix Alterations Notebook folder.




  1. What a beautiful card for your friend, I am sure she will treasure it and keep it as a fabulous reminder of those she has left behind xx

  2. What a brilliant farewell card - full of colour, life and thought. I love the stripy umbrella man - making full use of his ability to show hope/sadness simultaneously, and the butterflies throughout are simply gorgeous.
    Alison xx

  3. Such a great card. I love the colours and all the texture.
    The inside is just a beautiful as the outside.

  4. What a beautiful card and such a lovely thought behind it. I would imagine that your colleague absolutely loved it. Thanks for your visit and lovely comment, it is most appreciated. Anne x


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