Friday 21 June 2019


As it’s the longest day today for those of us in the northern hemisphere, Nat’s challenge for us over at Daring Cardmakers this week is to celebrate summer, bonus brownie points for inspiration from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

As it was one of the very first Shakespeare plays I saw on stage (although strictly speaking it wasn’t on stage - it was a promenade performance in a park) I decided to go that way. Titania says this to Bottom after he has been transformed and she enchanted - Bottom really isn’t very bright and since he’s sporting a donkey’s head at this point he’s not terribly handsome either. If you ignore the original context though, it just sounds like a nice thing to say to somebody!

I had a go at some lettering to make a feature of the quote (Act 3, Scene 1 if you were wondering!). I looked at lots of fonts online, sketched the large words and filled in with a pen. It's a bit wibbly but it's OK for a first attempt! The smaller words I printed out, transferred onto the card with the trusty old "scribble on the back with a pencil" method and went over with a pen so they still have a handrawn quality. I could be happier with the line spacing too but you live and learn!

I’m also playing along at Retro Rubber who currently have an “anything goes” theme - just use stamps that are older than a year.

T’wit T’woo by Indigo Blu (approx 2015)
Flowers from Bird Paradise by Bloom Art Stamps (2016)
Shakespear's name from Wild Flower by Crafty Secrets (approx 2009)

Bristol board

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Latte)

Copic markers
Coloured pnecils
Fineline marker
Gold gel pen

Thanks for stopping by! We'd love to have you play along at DCM!


Shabneez said...

Well you certainly deserve the extra points for this creation Joanne! Great take on the challenge. Shabneez x

Wavejumper said...

Hey now-that is good...I love the reuse of this for the wise old owl who is in fact beautiful!
Great idea! wow...that coloring is so good!!! The it!

Jan Clothier said...

I appreciate the Shakespeare of it all! The hand lettering is fabulous. As soon as I saw it was impressed and was hoping to read where I could buy Shakespearean stamps! Thanks for joining in with us at Retro Rubber Challenge.

Vogelschneckenraupe said...

A great card. I love owls and the one on your card is so beautiful.

Svenja said...

I'm very impressed with the lettering (and the Shakespeare). Extra Browniepoints well deserved. Kudos!

Handmade by Natty said...

Well done on a beautiful card and on officially picking up a gold star for your Shakespearean interpretation! :D

Claire Grantham said...

Gorgeous card, top marks for the amazing hand lettering that I thought was a stamp!! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

Neva Cole said...

Wow on the hand-lettering! What a great way to really personalize a card. The owl and flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber for our Anything Goes Challenge!