It’s my mother in law’s birthday next month and she just so happens to share it with the Queen. So, when I came across the amazing Clearly Besotted Love London stamp set, I knew I had to have it. What follows is probably one of the weirdest cards ever. Why is the Queen a hippo? Why is she sitting on a cobblestone pavement? Why have her guards gone overly patriotic with their bearskins? I believe none of these questions will never be answered, but the resulting card is one that I’m proud of – and laugh at every time I look at it.
Supplies I Used
- Clearly Besotted Love London Stamp Set
- Simon Says Stamp Feline Like Christmas Stamp Set
- Simon Says Stamp Birthday Borders Stamp Set
- Simon Says Stamp Sassy Flaps Stamp Set
- Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide
- Dried Marigold Distress Oxide
- Weathered Wood Distress Oxide
- Speckled Egg Distress Oxide
- Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide
- Vintage Photo Distress Oxide
- Heffy Doodle 8.5 x 11” Coloured Cardstock – Cornflower
- Hero Arts Hero Hues Sampler Pack – Blue Card
- Tim Holtz Layering Stencil #138 – Bubbles
- Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Dies
- Heffy Doodle Slimline Scenery Dies
- Lawn Fawn Glue Pen
- Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
- Copic Sketch Markers
- White Gelly Roll Pen
Making the Card
As per usual, I started this card by stamping out the images from the Clearly Besotted Love London Stamp Set and the Simon Says Stamp Feline Like Christmas Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I cut these out using by Scanncut and coloured them in using Copic Sketch Markers. To finish these off, I added some accents using a white Gelly Roll pen.
Next I moved on to the background. I cut two rectangles out using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die set, and then used the Heffy Doodle Slimline Scenery Dies to cut one of the rectangles into smaller squares for the river and the pavement. I blended Dried Marigold and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxides for the sky, and Weathered Wood and Speckled Egg Distressed Oxides for the river. For the pavement, I used Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide for the base, and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide over the stencil to create a kind of pebbled pavement look.
With the main elements of the card now complete, I cut a piece of Heffy Doodle Cornflour cardstock in half, and scored it down the centre to create my card base. I used the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die to add some stitched detail to a piece of Hero Arts blue card stock and adhered this to the base. Next I adhered all of the background pieces together and stuck those to the card base. Finally, I glued down the stamped elements using Lawn Fawn glue.
To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink in the top left hand corner. I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Borders stamp set to the interior of my card, and finally stamped a fun saying from the Simon Says Stamp Sassy Flaps stamp set to the back.
This card is so weird I think it’s amazing. I hope the mother in law finds it as fun as I do!