With all that free time, I only spent one day in my craft room. I thought I would be in there more but it just did not happen. I wanted to do some punch art for my share today and came across this really cool Christmas cards with swans on it while surfing on Pinterest. I knew when I saw it that I would have to try to make the swan. Patricia Diane Calvery is the original creator of this card and I want to thank them her for the inspiration. Now let me show you my card.
I started with a base card of Pool Party card stock cut at 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2". I added a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" layer of Whisper White to this with my runner adhesive. The final top layer is Basic Black card stock cut to be 4" x 5 1/4". This too was attached with the runner adhesive. Now I was ready to start embellishing the front.
I started by taking a piece of Pool Party card stock and cutting it the same length as the black piece. I cut a strip off using a pair of decorative scissors called small wave. I adhered this to the black using the runner adhesive. I punched a 1 1/4" circle for a moon and brushed a little Pool Party ink over the top of it. I used the runner adhesive to attach it too. I added rhinestones to the black sky to serve as the stars. The final thing I did was add some crystal effects to the water to make it shiny. This does take a while to dry so you will have plenty of time to make your swans.
To make these lovely creatures, you will only need two punches - the blossom builder and the full heart and Whisper White card stock. The main body of the swan is the largest petal from the blossom builder. I punched out 4 of the next largest, 3 of the next size down, and 3 of the smallest petals. I set one of the small petals aside to use for the head. All the other ones I ran through my big shot using an impression folder called intricate swirls (not a Stampin' Up! product) to add design to the bird. Basically I layered the petals and adhered them together with my 2 way glue pen. The neck was made by punching out a full heart and then punching it again just offset from the hole. I adhered the neck to the body and and the head to the neck with the 2 way glue pen.
The face of the swan was drawn on freehand. I used my Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black SU! markers to do this. I pulled a photo of a real swan up on my computer to use as a guide. Hopefully they look alright to you.
I have yet to put anything inside this card. I have not decided if I want to add a greeting for a specific occasion or just put a blank piece of white card stock in it so I could use it for whatever I want to use it for.
Well that's it for today. I am going to try to get back into my craft room today to work on something. My husband is home from work though and he has a pretty busy schedule this week so today is really on of the only ones I will have with him this week. Maybe he will take a nap! Anyway, come back by tomorrow and see if I manage to have something for you. Until then, thanks for stopping by today!!
AMENDMENT: At the time of this posting, I was unaware that another card creator had made instructions for this also and had posted them on their blog for sale. Her name is Valita Reynolds. I would encourage you to visit her site and see her creation. I have not visited it myself yet so I cannot link you but I am sure if you Google her name you will find her. If you would like a more complete set of instructions she had hers for purchase. I am sure the instructions would be a great help!! I am sorry I was not aware of this at the time of the original posting. Please accept my apology.