Make No. 33: Gelli Feather Print Card

 

Make No. 33 combines two of my favourite things: Gelli printing and feathers.

 

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The feather was collected by a close friend, which made it extra special to work with. I adore blues and greens…peacocks and oceans, dragonflies and magpies, and there’s a magnificent unpredictability about Gelli printing, especially with organic materials. You never know exactly what you’re going to get, and even the not-so-good bits make stunning backgrounds. Not everyone likes that flavour of makery, of course; in last week’s art class I heard an outraged “I can’t bear watercolours, they just won’t do as they’re told!” I did actually laugh out loud. That’s what I like best about them…

The card was for my friend Splendid Emma. Happy birthday, lady 🙂

Make it a wonderful day.

Walk in peace.

 

 

Make No. 28: Collage Birthday Card

Emergency cards for boys! We all know about those…this one’s for my godfather. I don’t know how old he’ll be this year, which probably makes me an extremely bad goddaughter.

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Still. Let’s hope he likes it, and doesn’t notice that I did the stitchery drunk and in the dark. Must have been quite wonky underlay. Reminds me of a house I once rented; my co-habitee sprinkled lettuce seeds on the carpet when we left, because the landlord refused to believe that the house was Actually Very Damp Indeed. But that, my friends, is another story…

 

Make No. 19: Father’s Day Card

Hey 🙂 How are you doing today? Our rain has abated and we’ve been blessed with the best of English summer. My spirits needed a lift…it’s been a sad week, we’ve lost some good friends and seen some ugliness as a result of the referendum. I voted to stay – for me, political stability in Europe and concern for the environment won out – and I was keen not to throw any petrol on Mr Farage’s bonfire. What I don’t understand is the people who voted Leave but didn’t really mean it. What?!

Anyway. Let’s put it all behind us and look to the future. Appropriately enough, today’s make is a clock-themed Father’s Day card for my dad, who is a former watchmaker among other things. I’m happy to say he liked it a lot.

 

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I used an embossing folder for the main card and another on black card for the clock panel. Then it was time to mix up some acrylic paints and lose half an hour in a happy mess. Is there any better thing in the world?

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, whatever you might be up to.

Walk in peace.

Rune Art Cards – Wunjo

Good morning! How’s your day so far?

This week I’m working on some rune art cards. I’ve listed quite a few feathers recently, so now it’s time to give the magic of the elder futhark my attention.

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Wunjo is one of my favourite runes. It represents happiness, contentment, friendship and joy. The culmination of good things, harvest and reward.

Once the rune set is complete, I’ll be moving on to ogham motifs. I’ve been looking fruitlessly for this kind of card for such a long time, I figured I’d better just get on with making them myself! I hope you like them 🙂

 

Make no. 12: New Home Card

Good morning! How are you today?

I’ve had a little break from blogging, partly because of illness and partly because there has been a lot going on. Spring is always crazy-busy for us…everyone is coming out of hibernation and we’re deluged with courses and events.

So, I’m a little behind with my 52 makes but there is plenty afoot and all will be well.

Here’s number twelve: a new home card for our dear friend Mac and his lovely wife Mary, who are leaving us for a sea view in rural Scotland. Much as we will miss them terribly, we can’t really blame them 🙂

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I love key stamps and this one in particular…the heart detail is subtle but beautiful. It’s been a long time since I used chalks, I like to use an off-cut of fleece to blend with. And who doesn’t like getting the paintbrushes out now and then? I used diluted ink from the same ink pad as the key is stamped with. I hope my friends like it.

Make no. 7: Gelli birthday card (and Cakehenge)

Make no. 7 is a card for my beloved. The only thing more satisfying than Gelli printing is finding a use for Gelli prints.

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I’m not counting Cakehenge as a make, because the only part of it I made from scratch was the frosting (mortar). But it was fun 🙂

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It made for a very small and chocolatey pagan festival once the candles were lit. And I got to eat the mistakes.

Wildflower Birthday Card

Hey! I hope you’re having grand morning. Here, we have a beautiful bright day and the last of the autumn flowers are raising their faces to the sun.

Today I’m sharing a card I made for my good friend Emma, using wildflowers from GrowWildUK that grew in our garden over the summer.

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I’m not sure the colours would have survived the drying process without a microwave flower press…but there’s nothing wrong with applying a bit of modern technology to an old craft, right 🙂

I really love this birthday stamp…I’d kinda forgotten I had it. I have a habit of buying things at a steal, leaving them in the To Put Away pile and rediscovering them six months later. I’d say it was a bad habit, except the moments of joy when I stumble across a beautiful bargain make me very happy! So it’s a trait I’m happy to keep.

How about you? Have you made cards using real flowers? Have you got a stash of forgotten gems?