This card was made for my boss at work who was retiring at the end of the year. As she was a cat lover, I thought this would be a fun card to make using the stamp from Mama Elephant – The Cat’s Meow. I stamped it a number of times to make a crowd and coloured suing my Promarkers, then fussy cut. The background was made blending my distress oxides, with water then splashed on to make the dotty background. When assembled, the sentiment was from John Next Door, stamped in white then clear embossed.
So Long and Farewell Retirement
I have a colleague who I have worked with over a long period of time. When she announced a few months ago that she was going to retire, but undertake small consultancy jobs, I thought this was a great opportunity to make a lucky clover, but use stamps I have already – Stampin’ Up Heart Happiness. They are so versatile. I stamped the clover in green, cut out with the punch and layered on to a card, coloured the frame and background with the inkpad as I don’t have co-ordinating paper. The sentiment was a combination of two from Lili of the Valley.
I will enter this card in the
- Casual Friday CFC195 Challenge – Going Green
- Simply Create #136 Challenge – Use Green
- Pile it on #140 Challenge – Circles and/or Squares
Forever My Always
One of my favourite stamps at the moment is the Forever My Always made by Stamping Bella. As a couple of oldies dancing away together, I thought that these are the perfect couple to use for a retirement card that I wanted to make for a couple of friends who were retiring when they sold the business that they owned – The Station Hotel in Carnoustie.
This had been made using one of my favourite techniques, inking the background, but masking the area that the couple were going to be placed. Stamping and colouring in the couple, they were cut out and stuck on to the card. The branches were Card-io stamps, with the little flowers stamped to fill in. I thought that it would look perfect that the couple having sold the business were dancing away in the sunset.
This is the result which I hope you like.