Wow, time just flies! Today is our 15th Anniversary. it simultaneously feels like yesterday and a million years ago. Time is such a strange thing. In honor of this milestone, I will be sharing the Anniversary Card I made for my husband.
I started this card in the same manner as my other Anniversary Card this week. I created a template out of copy paper and stamped a damask image in the center of my heart and then inked with Distress Inks. Next, I used the other piece of the mask to cover the heart and create the background. I just adore this French Script background stamp. I did end up covering most of the damask image but that is just how these things go sometimes.
Then, I went to work on the birdcage, I used the Caged Bird die from Tim Holtz. I often use paper for these dies but this time I went with Grungepaper. For this card, I used Grungepaper because I knew I was going to apply a lot of product to it and I want to be sure that it would hold up. I added a coat of Distress Stain in Tarnished Brass. Once that was dry I used the Finnabair Patina Effect Paste. I love this paste!
I cut a piece of cardstock to fit behind my cage and stamped a feather and inked it with more Distress Inks. Once the background was dry I adhered it to the back of the cage. The, I added eyelets to the pre-existing holes in the bottom of the cage and colored in the center with a Peacock Feathers Distress Marker and then added some Rock Candy Distress Stickles on top.
The wings, crown, and heart die cuts are from the Tim Holtz Grungeboard set called Plain Elements. The wings were given a coat of Brushed Silver Crackle Paint and left to dry. Once dry I gave them a wash of black using Distress Spray in Black Soot. The crown was lightly painted with Picket Fence and Antique Linen Distress Paint and then I applied a coat of Distress Stickles. I really didn’t love the way it looked so I applied a layer of Metallic Luster in Gold Rush over the Stickles once they dried and it gave this fantastic mottled gold look. I added four little gold dots using Multi-Purpose Metallic Paint. The heart was painted with Abandoned Coral Distress Paint and then given some age with Distress Inks and then finally a coat of Clear Embossing Powder.
I created the rosette using the Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Die and white cardstock. It was aged with Distress Inks and I stamped the number 15 from Papertrey Ink Banner Builder Set. Next, I punched the tiny flowers out of white cardstock using the McGill Paper Blossom Mini Petals punch and then inked them with Distress Inks. I added adhesive gems and Distress Stickles in Pumice Stone. I mounted the whole panel to a piece of brown cardstock. My last step was to add a few more eyelets to the corners and then everything was adhered to my card base.
This card was a lot of fun to put together! Thanks for popping’ by!
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Chocolate Truffle – The Paper Company
Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, and Dusty Concord Distress Inks – Ranger
Dies/Punch: Paper Rosette and Caged Bird – Tim Holtz for Sizzix, Mini Petals – McGill Paper Blossoms
Stamps: Feathered Finery & Banner Builder – Papertrey Ink, French Script – Stampin’ Up, Distress Damask Tim Holtz – Stampers Anonymous
Other: Picket Fence, Tarnished Brass, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Brushed Silver Crackle Paint, Antique Linen, Abandoned Coral, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Metallic Luster in Gold Rush – DecoArts, Black Soot Distress Spray, Patina Effect Paste – Finnabair, Tarnished Brass Distress Stain, Metallic Paint in Gold – Art C, Peacock Feathers Distress Marker, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Eyelets – Memory Keepers, Grungepaper, Grungeboard Plain Elements