"Merci Beaucoup..." That's what today's card says in a most elegant font. This was a commission through my Etsy shop by a lady who loves pink and purple and wanted "elegant and ladylike," a style which is dear to my heart. I don't work with a lot of purples, so this was a fun challenge.
I've dry embossed the base layer then heat embossed the edges with gold Then I followed a sketch and added the patterned papers, matting them with contrasting card stock and stitching as I went along. I love stitching on paper - it adds so much personality and character to a card.
The greeting is stamped on white paper then die cut with a lacy rectangular die. If you've followed my work at all you'll know that I just don't DO white, either the color or wide open spaces, and this piece, small as it was, was no exception. It was so...WHITE. So I added the pearls to the corners and then added clear Stickles to all of the flourishes which shows a little bit here. The sparkle in real life is subdued (this is a ladylike card, after all), but it's still there to diminish all that white a bit. Phew.
The bow is where I had the most fun. I LOVE bows. I don't know why as I hated wearing them as a child (just ask my mother), but they seem to belong on cards as much as possible, and this one was no exception. I used a delicious 1" wide silk ribbon to make a luscious double bow and adhered a small lace rosette behind it, then finished it off with one of my handmade stick pins which I thought was the perfect jewelry for this card.
The inside was finished simply with contrasting card stock and a small stamped greeting, the English version of what's on the front. Just in case.
Merci beaucoup for joining me and I wish you a lovely day full of summery delights.