My friend really liked the anniversary card in the last post! She mentioned that some of the cards would be going to couples who had been married 50-60 years and that it seemed appropriate that they should get REALLY special cards. Naturally, that motivated me this afternoon to see what I could put together that would have a little extra oomph.
I've never been one to send wedding anniversary cards myself, but I'm discovering it's a little trickier making cards for a couple than for just one recipient. I'm trying to avoid a lot of frills and froo-froo, bearing in mind that the cards are for husbands as well as their wives. I'm also making an effort to keep the cards flat and mailable with a single stamp, just to make things easier on my friend. So for this project I've put away the dew drops and other bulky stuff (well, mostly)... and you know? it's actually harder to work with the restrictions than if I were giving myself free reign.
I worked with the Candy Lane DSP again today because it goes so well with the Love You Much stamp set. The birds on this first card are printed on the DSP itself, and all the other stuff is worked around the image. The gold heart brad and the gold "love" tag are non-SU!, as are the white button brads. The corners and all the hearts were made with SU! punches, as was the scallop edge at the bottom. I used a white gel pen to add the dots to the heart above the lovebirds.
Here's the inside of the card. The "Happy Anniversary" image is by Stampabilities.
The second card I made today came together so much easier than the first, probably because I reminded myself to KISS (Keep It Simple, Silly). I stamped the heart from Love You Much twice onto DSP with Riding Hood Red ink and then cut out and layered those hearts on some Riding Hood Red cardstock to make them stand out. It still wasn't enough emphasis for me, so I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the hearts to the cardfront. I added a wee bit of tiny bling to some of the flowers and the four corners of the striped DSP layer. The bottom border is SU!'s new eyelet border punch. I squinted at the card and didn't feel it was quite done, and then the inspiration hit me to pull out my Amazing to Zany set and stamp the tiny word "love" and punch it out with the slot punch. (I don't normally like working that small, but anything bigger would have been too much of a distraction, I think.)
Three anniversary cards down, nine to go!