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Cards: A Place in the Sun

June 2, 2010

Hi all! Well, I’m back again with another card that I completed today. This is now a birthday card for one of my best clients for my regular day job. The pattern is by Judith Maslen found in the June 2010 issue of Parchment Craft magazine. Usually I make a fishing/boating related card for his birthday, but I really liked this pattern. Who wouldn’t want a nice relaxing birthday in the sun?

I did make a few changes from the original pattern. First, I colored the picture with water color pencils instead of felt-tip pens. I use the Faber-Castell Aquarelles, and a DaVinci Maestro Kolinsky no. 2 brush. The aquarelles are applied over a base layer of Polychromos pencils that is spread out with Turpenoid (white spirits outside of the US). The oil-based pencils that has been spread out with the blending medium gives the parchment paper a nice layer to protect it from the water on the brush.

Once the painting is done on the front, oil pastels (dorso crayons) are applied on the back for the sun, sky and grass.

Here are some of the tools that I used, not including the grid, embossing and perforating mats:

The second change I made was in using a grid pattern from Piet and Annie Janssen’s site. If you want to practice grid work, or are looking for a treasure trove of grid patterns, this is the place to go. This particular grid pattern was worked on the Pergamano A4 Diagonal grid, with the small ball tool for embossing and the Bold 1-needle tool for perforating. When doing a lot of embossing on the grids, I like to use the Shilpi tools, for comfort, they are a little easier on my arthritic fingers.

I used a medium blue card stock as an insert, and a second insert paper with the birthday greeting printed on it. A hand-folded envelope completes the card.

Hope to be back in a few days with the next project!

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13 Comments
  1. June 2, 2010 8:40 pm

    Another beauty, my friend!! Keep ’em coming :))

  2. June 2, 2010 8:43 pm

    Absolutely stunning Chiara, the pattern is perfect! I’m sure your friend is going to love this card. A fabulous masculine design!

    • cepet permalink
      June 2, 2010 11:50 pm

      It is a wonderful masculine design. There’s more and more choices on masculine designs, but it can still be a bit difficult finding the “perfect” design for a particular person. In this case, the pattern “screamed” out to me this would be perfect for this person.

  3. Poongo permalink
    June 2, 2010 8:52 pm

    Hi Chiara! This is Poongothai (Poongo for short) from Sri Lanka (a small island off the coast of India).

    Came across your site a few days ago and you have a wonderful site here and are doing a lovely job logging all your parchment craft adventures. You have inspired to start one myself – although I don’t know when 😉 Hehe

    A lovely card indeed Chiara. It is still lying in my to-do list for this month 😀 The magazine has such a huge selection – it’s difficult to pick which one to do first :O

    I have just gone through your posts about coloring with pencils. I do have the water color pencils and have done some painting with them but was never too happy. I should probably invest in the Pergaliners or the Polychromos sometime soon. It’s time I did some coloring!

    Thanks for all the inspiration Chiara!

    Cheers,
    Poongo

    • cepet permalink
      June 2, 2010 11:45 pm

      Welcome Poongothai, and thank you! So happy to hear you are being inspired. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, if you have any.

    • dorita permalink
      June 3, 2010 7:08 am

      HI POONGO
      Love your name. Is very match for me too. LOL
      Your country is a very hot place at our trip agencies. Be prepared to have lot of
      tourists from my country this summer…
      best regards

  4. dorita permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:03 am

    BEAUTIFUL, CHIARA!
    LOVE

  5. Isha permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:54 pm

    Hi Chiara, came across your blog today…absolutely love it….have to go thru it, haven’t finished it yet. Beatitiful card too.

    • cepet permalink
      June 3, 2010 4:04 pm

      Hi Isha, and welcome to my “haven.”

  6. Sue permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:15 pm

    Lovely card, I like the border as well.

  7. Nelly permalink
    June 5, 2010 11:35 am

    Hi Chiara,
    Another beauty you made!! Lovely colour work and very nice border. Compliments….. and I like the way you let the pattern go into the border. Now it’s one piece of art and not a design with a border around it………..
    Looking forward to the next one…………

    • cepet permalink
      June 6, 2010 8:09 am

      Thank you Sue, Dorita and Nelly! 🙂
      Nelly, I originally started the grid work to be around the pattern, but I felt it looked disjointed (for lack of a better word), so moved it into the border of the pattern. I think I made a good choice!

  8. June 6, 2010 4:55 pm

    Nicely done Chiara! Isn’t it great to get a pattern suitable for a man? They’re so rare!

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