Putting the Boot in! (That’s the Wellington Boot Card of course!) 

I love shaped cards, but rarely make them and I don’t know why!  They’re such fun and can bring a different sort of look to the line up on the mantel shelf or windowsill.  So when I saw some card blanks shaped as Wellington boots (and flower pots – but those are still to come) I couldn’t help but make the instant decision of buying them and a pad of fabulous garden potting shed papers.

However – I’ve never been comfortable in making  ‘quick’ cards  (as I call them).  You know what I mean?  – cut and stick, and finished!  I need to make cards which have stretched my creativity in some way.  I need to put my own unique bit of art on a card in order to make it ‘Hand made by Cobwebs’.  So on this card I decided I’d like to put some hand painted plant pots.

All the plant pots you see in the above photograph of the Wellington Boot Card, were stamped out using stamps I’ve had for donkey’s years, and after stamping, they are all hand painted by me, onto some cream cardstock, then each one was cut out, manipulated so that each one curved like a real plant pot would,  and then added to the card individually – using Pinflair glue gel – to help the pots keep their dimension,  and Anita’s Tacky glue.

I know that I could talk you through the steps for making a card like this, but I thought it might be more entertaining to simply show you how to make a card like this by taking photographs.  So I took a gazillion and have chosen the best.

I haven’t taken a photograph of the blank card (you’ll see the back of the card in a photograph so that you can see what they look like without anything on – so it seemed a waste of space to put a ‘blank card’ photograph!),  so I’m going to explain the first step:

The cards start out life as a blank, ready-made and scored card made from Kraft Card.  I chose a paper which I liked, then drew around the boot shape directly onto the paper, and carefully cut it out then fixed it to the front of the boot.  It was at this point that I added the garden string – and this was so I could gauge where to place the plant pots.  From here I then went on to stamp the plant pots onto a scrap of cream, high gsm cardstock from my scrap draw,  . . . .   and from here, dear reader, I’ll let the photographs take over the story of how I made this card  . . . . .

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6  Wellington Boot

7  Wellington Boot

It was at this point that I then ‘assembled’ the front of the card.  I used the one large pot with the lavender/lilac (Memento  Grape Jelly)  coloured flowers for the front of the card – which you see stamped above.  I’d already added stalks to the flowers using a rich, green, fine tipped pen, and I then carefully cut around the pot and the flowers as one, and shaped them then fixed them to the card.  The other pots were also fixed to the card at this point.   I then hand painted the shadows of the pots which you can see on the card below (but I also added a little shadow to some of the pots on the cream card so that you could see this shadow clearly – see above photo, number 7)

I wanted to do something with the envelope as it looked so boring in comparison to the card – so I thought some more pots might look cute  . . . .

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9  Wellington Boot

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11  Wellington Boot

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Of course … me being me,  I couldn’t just leave it to look plain inside the card.  You know me – I have to give a little something more for the inside a card so . . .

12 and finally ... Wellington Boot

And that’s all there was to it!

Oh … I nearly forgot …   I added a sentiment to the front, curved over the string, and made it look like it was riveted in place,  (so that it looked like it had some sort of garden potting shed function), and used a little bit of brown grosgrain ribbon for a bow.  Finally – I added a little, metal,  vintage bird house which I tied with a bow of bakers twine and fixed it beneath the brown ribbon.

Ta dah!  One Wellington boot card, which would be suitable for either a lady or gentleman who likes to garden, grow, or maybe even has an allotment!

Thank you so much for coming and visiting the potting shed today, I’ve really enjoyed your company.  I have a couple of other potting shed cards to share with you, but we’ll leave that for another day, because I’ve no doubt that you’ve got plenty to do and I really shouldn’t keep you.  (Although I’d love to, you understand!)

If you’ve already clicked to ‘Follow Me’,then you’ll get an email from the website here to let you know when I published the next visit to the potting shed, and if you’ve like this one then I think you might like what’s coming next time.  {winks a cheeky wink}.   But for nowtake very good care of yourself and I’ll see you next visit!

Have a blessed rest of your day.   Sending love ~

Cobs siggy sml

Life is a Journey .. not a Destination. ~ A vintage style handmade card

 

Life is a Journey, not a Destination.

Life is a Journey, not a Destination.

This post is dedicated to Stacey, a fellow blogger on WordPress, who came up with a brilliant idea of promoting other crafting blogs in posts.  Stacey very kindly mentioned my blog (with a link) and other crafters blogs that I hadn’t seen before which was enough to tell me that I too should take up her idea and promote crafters blogs on my own blog here. 

So, since Stacey came up with the idea, I am firstly promoting her blog (link below) and dedicating this post  – and this card  –  to Stacey. 

Stacey’s blog can be found here:  http://staceyscorner.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/share-sunday/  ~ go and take a look and maybe even click to follow her.

To Stacey,   a dedicated blog post and card,  for an amazing idea!  ~ from Cobs.

. . .  join me on a journey through this card  . . .

. . . join me on a journey through this card . . .

 

Every few days/weeks  … now and againI’ll make what I call a ‘labour intensive’ card.  One of those cards which takes more time than the regular cards you’ve so far seen me post here.  This card – ‘Life is a Journey, not a Destination’, is one of those cards.

It’s not that these types of cards are difficult, they just take a little more thinking and working out so that you end up with the ‘feel’ that you started out knowing you wanted.  This particular card was inspired by a piece of wall art which I have hung in my bedroom, facing my bed.  It’s an iron framed rectangle with a piece of calico strung in the centre and printed on the calico are the words Life is a Journey, not a Destination, and that’s what gave me the theme for the card.

I wanted the card to have a vintage style, with a slightly ‘steampunkery’ feel to it – but at the same time I knew I wanted it to carry a message,  and wanted the message to be read as either literal or spiritual, depending on who the card ended up with, and the circumstances they were in within their life, at that time.  And ... I think I’ve managed it.

This card could be for someone who’s:-  moving house;  going on a cruise or going abroad;  it could be a simple regular birthday card (for either a man or a woman);  it could be for someone who’s starting a new job;  or perhaps for a person who needs some encouragement;  maybe some tests soon?;  or … it could be given to someone who is going through some sort of personal challenge or challenging time, and this card would be a gentle, loving way of saying that they’re going to get through this time and move on to a better place or time.

I’ll give you a list of everything I used to make this card at the end of the post, because I don’t want anyone to look at the list and think that they couldn’t make a card like this.  I might have different stash to you, and I might have different cardstock; dies; ink pads; glues etc etc … but I’m pretty sure you will have things in your stash that you could use to pull a card like this or similar together.  Just because the list of stuff I’ve used might look long – please don’t be put off.  If you want to make something like this, go and look at your stash.  You’d be surprised what you can use in order to make your own style of card.

For now .. I’ll just give you different photos of the card so that you can see things closer up….

Up up and away!  . . .

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(working)  compass  to help you keep you going in the right direction . . .

 

Life is a Journey, not a destination 3

 

Time passes quickly, –  so some gentle encouragement to enjoy the beauty of every moment.

 

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As followers and readers of my blog know  …  I LOVE to put surprises inside all the cards I make.  I feel that the inside of a card is just so wasted and such a let down when you open a birthday/Christmas or any other time card, and find a big white space with a little bit of writing. 

I like cards to be beautiful inside and out and surprise the receiver when they open their card! . . . 

 

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Oooo…  I wonder what the magnifying glass is for?!   ;D 

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OOhh .. another surprise!   ..  now we have a lucky wish star and a ticket which gives me ‘entitlement’ to one wish!    But .. what the devil is that magnifying glass for???

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Ah haaaa!  . . .   It’s so you can read the page from the dictionary/thesaurus!  Ok .. one mystery solved,  . . .   but  … what’s that pink ticket by the end of the handle?

 

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Ah haaaa!  . . .  mystery number two solved!  (Just call me Sherlock.  lol)

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Oh, and by the way  … the postcard inside . . .  is for you to write your message on, for the person you’re sending the card to!  See?  It all makes sense!

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And that  . . . (photo above)  . . .   is the just finished card, stood on a glass cutting mat, on my desk …  and that’s all my  mess  important, essential, fabulous, well organised   {cough}  equipment and tools behind the card.  (I’ll clean it up properly at some point, so that I can take a photograph of my craft room and share it.)

 

The Recipe for this cardI used:

  • Sheena Douglass – Little Bit Sketchy – Magnifying glass stamp.
  • Papermania Acetate (for the ‘window’ of the magnifying glass)
  • Papermania Black Embossing Powder
  • Stazon ‘Saddle Brown’ ink pad
  •      ”       ‘Jet Black’ ink pad
  • Memento Dye Ink Pad in ‘Desert Sand’
  •      ”               ”            ”     in ‘Rich Cocoa”
  • Xcut Build-a-Scene Dies – Vintage Hot Air Balloon
  • Heartfelt Creations 12×12 pad – which I used some of the images from.
  • Spellbinders ‘Once upon a Time’ Die
  • Tattered Lace ‘Postcards’ Die set
  • Heartfelt Creations ‘Time Sentiments’ stamp
  •         ”               ”          ‘Journey Sentiments’ stamp
  • Pinflair Gentle Blends – in Denim colour
  •       ”            ”            ”      –  in Dark Khaki colour
  • Graph It Glitter Ink Pen
  • Compass – was in a pack of 4 I bought a while ago, from the children’s section of either Asda or Tesco.
  • Dictionary page was cut from an old Dictionary/Thesaurus which was no longer used.
  • Cardstock used:
  • Warm Chocolate Brown 300gsm
  • Plain Black 270gsm
  • Orange – was scrap from my scrap draw
  • White – 270gsm
  • Kraft Card – 300gsm
  • Extras:
  • 2 x short lengths of silver-grey Rayon Seam Binding.
  • Grey and white Bakers Twine
  • 3 x fuzzy, funky fibre, Eyelash Knitting Yarn/Wool –  1 x length of warm brown.  1 x  length of jet black.  1 x length of a blues and purples mix.
  • One tiny metal vintage looking Postcard embellishment.

And that’s all there is to it!  😀

Aw, please don’t be daunted by the apparently long list of ingredients for this recipe.   I’ve named almost everything I used here just to be helpful to anyone who wants to know where I got a particular thing, or the make of the papers or dies etc,  (named everything apart from glue .. but if you need to know:  I used Collall All Purpose, Anita’s Tacky Glue, hot glue, and Double Sided Tape) – but I bet you use tons of stuff when you craft a card and you don’t even notice what you’re using anymore.  It’s just all  … ‘stuff’ … which is treasured and loved,  and there because you use it!

Thank you so much for coming to read.  I hope you like the card!  Oh … and don’t forget to visit Stacey’s blog!

Please have a look around my blog here and check out the different categories.  There’s a list of them all in the column over to the right, – you’ll find the list of categories towards the top of that column.

Have a truly beautiful rest of your day!  ~

Cobs siggy sml