Sunday, October 10, 2010

Green Birds and Apples

My lovely mum called the other day, with a special request. Could I make a thankyou card for the medical clinic that was so helpful on their last holiday? Well, sure I could! Easy! And to make things easier, she told me the clinic had very pretty decor, which she described. I googled as we talked, and soon I was looking at photos of Apple Tree Medical in Cairns. Wow, she was right, a pretty clinic!

I decided (obviously) to case the joint. That's "CASE", Copy And Steal Everything, a scrapbooking term for deriving inspiration from the efforts of others.

Here is my tester. I decided to go with dots in shades of green, and of course my pretty bird punch. The Sizzix Timeless Type Junior Alphabet was the perfect typeface, so of course I decided on die cut letters. Dots a bit big, I thought. Need to make a bigger card, or smaller dots.

Making a tester is a GREAT idea - nothing like actually seeing what you plan to make before you start sticking.

I went for smaller dots. Here's the final card:

I've turned one dot into a leafy apple, and added a "Daffodil Delight" base card to hold it all together.

Those greens are: Certainly Celery, Kiwi Kiss (a retired colour), and Old Olive.

I raised some of the dots (they are 1/2 inch circles, by the way) up with Stampin' Dimensionals. Perfect for the job, and a little 3-d just adds to the impact.

I don't always remember to make the inside of the card pretty, but this is a special case, so... The bird here is a different brand, by the way. Not quite as iconic as the Stampin' Up bird, but I finally decided on using it too. The dotted line is just marker ...

And finally, a pretty envelope is a must. I took a quality envelope, and added some stamping from the Cheep Talk set - it all comes together. How good is it that the ink, markers and card all match each other? So easy to get good results.

So, this goes in the mail to Mum for her approval, and (if she likes it) off to Cairns to brighten the day of some hard working medical people!