Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Pretty pastel freebies from docrafts-Pay it forward

I recently bought a copy of the docrafts magazine and in it was several freebies one of which was a sample of Bellisima decoupage samples and papers. Not something I do very often but thought I'd have a play and make some more cards for my son's charity box, sort of pay it forward.
The kit contained 2 complete sets and 4 papers but I decided to make 4 cards and split the decoupage sets into 2. I'm not normally a soft pastels kinda person, if I use pastels they are more pale brights I like to see my colours but these muted pastels are growing on me and they work so well with the images.

The first 2 cards use a dressmakers dummy holding a pretty summer cocktail dress with matching shoes and bag, the kind of thing you could wear to a summer wedding or similar event.

The first card I mounted the decoupage base onto cream card and cut around to make a matt and then stuck this to one of the freebie papers and this onto a base card. The sentiment is also from the freebie kit and I curved this and mounted with sticky pads and tape so the curve was supported. The card is finished with a cream hand tied bow, I think it makes quite an elegant card.

The other bits of this decoupage set I layered using sticky pads shaping the parts where necessary and mounted them onto a spellbinders die cut oval.

The pink base paper was mounted onto the base card, its quite pretty with the decorated corners which add extra interest.

The sentiment again came in the kit and co-ordinates well as it has the same flowers as appear on the base paper. 

There are still a few sentiments left over  and a cake stand and word image from the kit but the other decoupage is a parcel stack again in soft pastels.

I again made 2 cards from this set and found that one I found the base of the decoupage fit perfectly into a spellbinders die cut circle. I don't have many dies but am becoming addicted and find I am using them and the few embossing folders I have more and more.

The card again is kept simple so focusing on the image simly mounting the diecut onto a paper base and a sentiment added.Again the sentiment has the same flowers as appear on the base paper, something I might have to look at playing with when stamping (make a mental note to self to see if I have stamps that I can do this with).

The last card in the set again mounted the image on a die cut and then onto a base covered with the freebie paper.

This time I added a band of cream ribbon, cream just seemed to work better than white  and again curved a sentiment from the set and supported with sticky pads and tape.

Hope the chaps and ladies that work with my son not only need cards for their loved ones but think that these are pretty enough to donate some pennies for so he can raise some cash for the children's hospice.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

MAWTT-picture inspiration
order of the opus gluei-add texture
sketchy colours-green lilac and cream


Electra said...

This is so incfredbily pretty! I Love the pastels and the three-d effect of the dress, you have done an wonderful job with this! Thanks for sharing your card with us at Opus Gluei for our Texture Challenge, we hope to see you often!

Rosemary said...

What a beautiful thing to do, I think they will love these cards and make lots of money for the hospice. I enjoy seeing fellow crafters sending out healing karma like this, it's terrific to see.

You may have been working outside your color comfort zone but you did a great job, the layering and adding ribbon texture works as does the ornate framing. Beautiful all around.

Thank you so much for visiting us at Opus Gluei and taking time to consider our challenge. Your finished product is wonderful and we love to see where our challenges lead.

monicas papirhobby said...

Great cards, with nice pastel colors and great sentiments. Thank you for participating in Sketchy Colors. Best of luck.
hugs Monica

Chat Noir said...

These are ALL lovely cards....I like the ones with the present stack the best, but that's just me. I quite understand your reticence to use pastels...I'm more of a black and white girl myself, with just a splash of something bright....but they show off your eye for detail and placement. Well done, and what a good thing to do to pay it forward. Thank you for playing with our challenge at Opus Gluei, and come back soon and show of some colour.