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Monday, February 4, 2013

A Moonlight Swim

Hi everyone.  It's Monday!!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  My house was very quiet because my husband was working all weekend and my daughter was either at work or with her beau.  While it was lonely at times, I did enjoy being able to set my own pace and not having to worry about preparing dinner or anything else.  I don't know about you but when it is only me at home, I eat sandwiches or salads.  They are easy to fix for one and there are no left overs.

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.  

1 comment:

  1. Sharyn what an adorable card. I was going to post this one to my pinterest board but you don't have a pin to access it. Have you thought about adding a pin to your site? Your cards are really cute. Thanks for sharing.