Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Rescue the Princess

Well, actually, it's a little too late for that now. This card was made for (and sent to) one of my sweet little nieces for her fifth birthday a couple weeks ago. I really should've posted it sooner so I could've gotten some suggestions on how to gussy it up a bit, but alas, it's water under the {draw}bridge now -- sorry, I couldn't resist that one. ;)

The idea here was that the princess would be looking out through her window high up in the castle wall. Well, I thought it was a good idea anyway. The nightmare began when I tried to stamp on and cut all the layers of diagonal pieces -- let's just say it didn't go anywhere near as planned so it's a bit boring, and I won't be using this sketch again anytime soon. It really looked like a cute (and simple) one and I have no idea why it was so challenging for me, but it was. I'm not going to let it get the best of me, so I know I'll be giving it another try down the road, but I think I need to recover from my traumatic experience first...and maybe I just need to approach it from a different angle (no pun intended) next time. Does anyone have any tips for me on how to work with diagonals? If so, I'd really appreciate it if you'd leave me a comment or email me with them. Thanks. ;)

The details are rather straightforward and frills here...which is a little unfortunate because it was made for a little girl who would no doubt love the frills. ;( I was just more than ready to be DONE with this card, and my tired brain wasn't coming up with anything clever. I did use some of her favorite colors, so, if nothing else, that should appeal to her. ;) Of course she only turned five, so how much will she really even care about what the card looks like? For most kids, birthdays are usually all about the presents. At least that's what I tell myself. lol

I used a White Daisy cardstock base with a layer of Lilac Mist cardstock over it, adding some of my Echo 6x6 patterned paper from Memory Box. The Spring Iris cardstock was used as the 'window' (the rounded portion was cut using one of my scalloped oval Nestabilities and then cut to size, and the ledge is just a rectangular piece) and on the diagonal accents. There's also a little bit of Sweet Leaf cardstock peeking out from the diagonals too. The "Happy Birthday" was supposed to have been placed in the upper left corner, and "Princess" was to have been in the lower right. Was being the operative words there. I won't even go into that (and even though you don't realize it, you should thank me! lol).

The princess and the sentiment are both from Once Upon a Time by Lizzie Anne Designs. I stamped her on watercolor paper using Jet Black Staz-On and colored her in with a waterbrush and some CTMH ink pads and adhered using dimensionals on the portion above the window ledge. I also stamped, colored in, and cut out a second dress bodice so I could overlay that on top of the dress (not adhereing the outer portion of the sleeves) for some dimension. Her hat and trailing ribbons were also cut out separately and adhered using dimensionals. I added some Star Dust Stickles on parts of the dress, hat, and along the ribbons for lots of shimmer and sparkle. And if you're wondering about the unusual color of the princess' hair, my niece has strawberry blonde hair so I tried to match it for her. ;)

So I added a piece of white grosgrain along the upper left, and then placed some Water Dew Drops along both diagonal pieces and called it good. Well, it wasn't really good, but it was DONE! And the poor princess has probably been forcibly plucked from of the safety of her royal domain and plunged down into the trash can by now...never to be seen again and no one to rescue her. (In the aftermath of all the envisioned destruction, I wonder if my niece thought she pulled off the fair princess' legs or if she tore the card apart enough to discover that the poor little lady never had any to begin with?!) lol

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Lilac Mist, Spring Iris, Sweet Leaf (CTMH), watercolor paper (Strathmore); Patterned Paper: Echo collection (Memory Box); Stamps: Once Upon a Time (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Amethyst, Taffy, Vanilla Cream, Baby Pink (CTMH); Other: scalloped oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Water Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), grosgrain ribbon, waterbrush, Liquid Glass (CTMH), foam mounting squares


Courtney Fowler said...

Hey! I like your music!

LOVE the card! Purple is my favorite color, and she is just too cute!

MichelleO said...

I think it is an adorable card, really a great idea. Never would have thought of it but might give it a whirl! Love the purple too! Cute!

Jamie Martin said...

Cute card, my niece would love this, I might just have to case it :)

Carolyn King said...

owww...that is adorable. What a sweet bday card for a young girl! Love the robins nest dew drop accents! GREAT job!

Belas Creating Place said...

This is so sweet.

malieta said...

Your card is adorable!

Debbie Olson said...

Is this EVER sweet! I love how you made the window for her to lean from!

Barb W said...

What a sweet card! I love the pretty pretty princess! I think you've done well with the sketch.