When I first started imagining this card for my family friend who is getting married for the first time at age 62, I had an entirely different look in mind. As I looked through my drawer of wedding stuff, I discovered a stamped wedding cake image (Stampendous) to which I had added some frosting stickers and colored a bit. Maybe this was my back up image for another card but for some unremembered reason I didn't use it. The frosting is sort of rubbery but looks quite real so I like the effect. If you cannot find frosting stickers, perhaps you can make some from Hearty Clay or the cake decorating resin. The 'Congratulations' was die cut ( Avery Elle) from silver foil card stock and glued to a Japanese card blank with silver specks. (Check Celebrations store in Mapunapuna for a selection of pretty washi paper to use.) The cake was colored with Copic pens and some glitter. I tried heat embossing the bells on the top of the image like I did the platter, but the delicate design melted into blobs so I cut out the bells and replaced them with a silver heart charm (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts)with the loop cut off. BFC also has embossing pens which were used to color in the platter so that the embossing powder would stick before heating. I added the feathers to the birds just to add more interest and balance off the bottom heavy design.
The inside of this card was hard to photograph because of the shiny bird sticker and adhesive strips of silver foil. It really does look quite lovely with the embossed corner pieces. I especially love the saying on the K and Co. sticker, " The heart that LOVES is always young". Isn't that appropriate for the man who at 62 finally found his happily ever after lady love?
Of course the finishing touch was to add a sealing wax to the envelope. (I melt my wax on a silicon sheet before stamping and glue the finished seal. This ensures that I can place it perfectly on the envelope after writing my greeting in the card. In case you missed my previous post, the supplies for making the heat gun wax seals are now available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, the best local store for all your crafting needs. Happy shopping and crafting!