'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Today is the birthday of my very special friend, Lynne – Happy Birthday, Lynne!
Here’s what I spent the morning making – yep, I know – last minute Katy, as ever.  Enjoyed making it but it’s a while since I’ve done anything like this in such a short time and if you could only see the aftermath – stuff all over my stamping room and all over the kitchen table and the worktops…. lots of tidying up to do now that it’s been delivered.
I taught this at a workshop just before I closed the business but I haven’t ever done it since, so thought I’d give it a rehash.
This is how it started – making the pages from white card, with Colorbox pigment inks – and a bit of Adirondack Twilight Pigment – and stamps.  Oops, the white is Adirondack Snow Cap Dabber, stamped, but it's not meant to be clear, so that isn't a mistake.  I like the fact that it gives the illusion of words, a bit of texture and a total contrast - this is an element I use often over inky backgrounds.
As ever, click to enlarge if you want a closer look :)

page 1
page 2
page 3
This is the next stage – adding the ‘card’ layer.  It’s hard to explain so I’ve tried to show in a couple of photos.  The card is centred inside the back of the scored page, but opening in the opposite direction.  The smaller, scored flap then goes INSIDE the open ‘small card’.
in progress 2
in progress 3
Then I inked and stamped the fronts of the smaller ‘cards’ and attached them.  A Picture hinge is attached with a brad to the top (or side) of the upper part of the smaller ‘card’ and ribbon attached, just as you would through a tag hole.  Then ribbon is attached to the back of the page, so that it meets up with the ribbon on the picture hinge and can be tied.  The whole thing is then attached to a larger background page (I used two and added images to the front and back of the first one) scored at the side, ready to become the spine.  I strengthened that with mountboard between the pieces, then attached them all with Tim’s book ‘bolts’ – that’s what I call them, anyway :)  The charms are gorgeous little charms gifted by the lovely Jo a while ago – only one left now, so Lynne’s highly honoured.  They were dabbed with a bit of black dabber, to make them look a little more aged.
book front
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inner pages
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All the main images and words are embossed, so this is my Lots to Do challenge and ‘Something Completely Different’ which is the letter B - Birds.

19 very kind comments from lovely people:

sam21ski said...

WOW Cath, no wonder it took you all morning, it is something rather special and I'm sure your friend Lynne will just love it - I do!!!

Thanks for playing along with us over on Lotstodo this week - Sam xxx

Anonymous said...

oh this is very special and Im sure Lynne will love and treasure it - the colours are gorgeous!

Kaz said...

That's lovely, thanks for the instructions, such a pretty colour x

Helen said...

That is sooo stunning!

crafty creations said...

Hi Cath and oh what a beautiful card - the amount of work that has gone into it is amazing - stunning results and I'm sure it will be treasured

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda

Dotpat said...

OOOOOO Cath bet Lynne was thrilled with that it is gorgeous, I bet it took you ages

Tinkertaylor said...

Stunning card your friend will be delighted I'm sure.... if not send it onto me!

Chris said...

Gorgeous card, cath. I love the colours and all the images. It would have taken me a week just to think of it! LOl

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

absolutely fabulous cathy, I am sure your friend will love every part of it, It must have taken you hours to complete which you can see with the detail. fab fab fab enjoy your sunday ju x

Artyjen said...

Ooh...a lot of work in that! Looks fabulous....truly a special card for someone special to you :)

cockney blonde said...

How on earth did you manage to get that finished in a morning??? Its fab Cath and I remember you showing us the technique, however, I'd have needed a week, lol. Its lovely and Lynne will love it, x

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Great tutorial. Beautiful colours. What a keepsake.

Martina2801 said...

That's fantastic, dear Cath!
Beautifully created.
Thanks for the instructions!!!

Anke said...



Sally H said...

Totally, totally stunning! Lynne is a lucky lady. I love all the different layers

Carol said...

what a gorgeous card and so much hard work, Lynne will love it....

Jaqi said...

How gorgeous, what super colours, so delicate and soft, really beautiful, i bet your friend was very pleased with this its fab.

Laura said...

What a fantastic creation. It is very beautiful.Thanks for joining our B theme on SCD

stampdiva said...

So much work and love into this but I can just imagine it being worth it. Lynne x