Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Love birds

Typography is fun, isn't it? I don't know about you but I can spend hours choosing the "perfect" font for a project. I'll find something I like and then something like the shape of the descender on the letter "g" will put me off and I'll go hunting for something else!

This new Scrapblock appealed to my sense of typography as a great design element. I love the mix of fonts and styles (some words are very crisp, others have a weathered or eroded look to them). I teamed it up with the Tree Swallows to make a "love birds" card that could be used for an engagement, anniversary or even a wedding - what do you think?

I thought it would be fun to mix the rustic texture of Distress embossing powder with some dressier elements of lace and pearls. The pearls came in one of my advent packages from my Secret Santa over on the Bubbly Funk Forum - we're having great fun opening a small package each day during advent and we have a slightly larger gift to open on Christmas day. We had a £5 limit on these so the emphasis is on fun rather than big bucks - perfect! So thank you Santa, the pearls were just what I needed for this!

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Love Scrapblock (releasing Friday 18th December)
Tree Swallows Silhouette

Smooth white

Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Vintage Photo)

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder by Ranger (Walnut Stain)
Copic markers (Brick Beige, Chamois)
Sewing machine and thread
Vintage lace
Flat back pearls

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Christmas preparations are under control (or at least you're at the stage you don't care if they're not!).


Gez Butterworth said...

Beautiful combination Joanne. The birds look perfect against the background. Love the idea of shabby meets classy! My kind of card. Enjoy your SS parcels. Any ideas who it might be yet? Have fun. Gez x x x

Karen said...

This is really lovely Joanne! The birds look perfect against that background & the lace just finishes it all off, brilliant card XXX

Hearts Turned said...

Hi Joanne! You're not the only one! I've been TERRIBLE at hopping about lately! Life's gotten so busy--nice to know it is for all of us, isn't it?!

LOVE this card! I am a fanatic for fonts too--I adore them! Choosing the right one is so important to me, too! I've got books on fonts, thousands saved on my computer...I'm a bit insane! I love old style fonts the most--probably a big shock, right?!

Hope you're having a lovely Christmas time--we'll get more on track after the holidays, never fear!

Hazel said...

I agree with you, Joanne, about the wonderful mix of fonts - I love the whole card - the birds, the lace, the colour ... x

Janice said...

Great stamp block. like the combo of the stamps and lace.

Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Kathy said...

Lovely card. The sepia tones are gorgeous ans the lace is fab

Mari said...

Lovely card! I would absolutely use it for a wedding. Such serene tones and the lovebirds are gorgeous.

Scrappy~Sarah said...

beautiful :)

Michelle Forrest said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Traceyr said...

Good to see you are using your secret santa gifts already Joanne. That card is great.


Jacqueline said...

This is beautiful, just love the birds.

Traceyr said...

Happy New Year Joanne and keep the brilliant work coming.


Lori Saul said...

This is a stunning card. Wonderful mix of bold lettering and soft lace and birds. Love the muted winter palette and the stitching adds a great folk art feel! Beautiful work

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh added to follow - your work is inspirational and this is gorgeous
hugs June xxx