As promised last week, I have my dad's birthday card to share. I didn't want to post it too long before he got it in the mail, because I'm not sure when (or if) he ever checks my blog! He should be getting it in the next day or two though, at least I hope so- his birthday is tomorrow! Here it is:
the card I did for him last year, so stayed away from any of those same papers. I like the two of these together. The argyle is bold, while the pin stripe is more subtle, but the color tones go very well together and don't clash. The little bit of gray in the pin stripe gives an extra color to work with beyond the different shades of blue and the black. I didn't stamp a setiment on the inside- just left it blank, and hand-wrote in my Happy Birthday message. Hope he likes it!
Next, I would like to share a bookmark I made for myself today. A few months ago, I told you about a book cover I bought from a fellow Esty seller, Rebekah, for which I made a coordinating bookmark. You can see both the book cover and bookmark here. Recently, I have found myself reading more trade-size paperbacks than I have in the past, and have missed having a book cover to protect the books I read. So, back to Rebekah's shop I went! She was so nice and accomodating with my first order, I knew that her shop was the right one to go to for my next one. Besides that, she works with the MOST beautiful batik fabrics! The hardest part about shopping in her shop is picking just one- they are all stunningly beautiful! After perusing her shop, I found one or two fabrics that I really liked, and sent her a message about customizing a trade-size book cover for me. This time, my eye was drawn to a beautiful batik fabric in blues, greens, and teals with dragonflies. Unfortunately, I only saw it on a checkbook cover. So when I messaged Rebekah, I mentioned that I liked another fabric, but if she had the dragonfly fabric, that would be my preference. She responded that she would be able to accomdate my request. Again, I asked for no ribbon to be sewn in, as I wanted to make my own bookmark. And this time, I asked for a custom closure for the cover that was similar to another one I had seen elsewhere. I thought it would protect the book better, and since I live in the rainy PNW, I am happy for any additional protection for my books! Rebekah was great about it- she had not done anything like it before, but was willing to try. It came out exactly how I imagined it, and I couldn't be happier!
these cards, where I used a sponge and different colors of stamp ink to make a pretty mottled background in colors very similar to the ones in this book cover. So I used that same technique, and then stamped a very subtle leaf pattern in a light green, and a dragonfly in the teal ink. I framed it in deep blue and teal, and topped it with a coordinating blue ribbon.