Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cookie-inspired Cards

Happy New Year! I know that most of you have snow laying around to look at, but here is a photo of mine:)

Last month my mother showed me the cover of the latest Victoria Magazine, and said that one of the gorgeous pastel cookies on the cover (the one with the cameo) would make a pretty card. 
This has to be one of my favorite Victoria covers-- I love all the colors and how much better can you get than cookies and roses?

Here is my take on a cameo/silhouette card inspired by cookies! I flipped the idea of the cameo though: instead of the silhouette being embossed, it is flat, and the background is textured.

 I ran pastel card stock panels through my Cuttlebug with different embossing folders, and tried to keep the center clear by using a homemade "Embossing Diffuser" with an oval cut-out. 
The silhouette is a free image from Call Me Victorian, I put it into my Scan N Cut, then mounted the cut out on a bit of foam tape. I put a thin oval frame around the silhouette, and mounted the panel on a white card.
I chose two kinds of silhouettes-- the differences being the hairstyles. The one on the left reminds me of the Gilded age, and the one on the right reminds me of the Regency period. I chose backgrounds that I thought went with those looks.

I got pretty tired of trying to keep that homemade embossing diffuser centered (it is just a piece of chipboard, not a folder), so decided that the silhouette also looked good with the embossed pattern across the entire panel behind it. I also decided that it looked good without a frame-- the more I could pare down the faster I could go and the more cards I could make! Simple=elegant was my motto for this card.  I also experimented with bolder colored backgrounds, and white backgrounds with pastel silhouettes.It would have really been nice to add some gold accents, had I had the materials. 

I love the idea of using fancy iced cookies for card inspiration!  I've started a pinterest board to explore the subject more.