Friday, 6 September 2013

Astrid's ICAD swap - Part 1

Hello there my lovely followers - its great to have you here on this cool, rainy day!  I'm actually quite pleased its raining as I've been able to stay indoors and play without feeling a bit guilty!  I joined up to Astrid's ICAD swap and this is my first card and holder which has now been received so I can show it here.  The second one is on its way to Germany so will appear at a later date.  Great idea Astrid, I really enjoyed making these.

Here's the actual Index Card which is 5" x 3" so gives a bit more space than an ATC. I made mine from mountboard so I could slosh a bit more texture onto it without it buckling.  I embossed the dragonfly in gold first of all and that resisted the sprays of Dylusion Blue and White and Perfect Pearls Biscotti which gave it a lovely sheen not quite visible in the picture.  The swirl was made with grunge paste through a stencil and then rubbed with some treasure gold.  I adore that Jane stamp from the Oxford Impressions set Jane's Garden so you will see it a lot here but I liked the added texture on her dress done with some acrylic paint and squared mesh.  Tiny bees, a lovely sentiment and a brass corner to finish.  Then onto the cover:

This is the front and I don't know how I did it but each time I managed to get the opening on the wrong side!!  I must have dyslexic fingers I reckon but I was still pleased with the way it turned out.  Isn't that bird just gorgeous?  Some lovely old papers I managed to use on this and the edge was cut with a TH on the edge scroll die then rubbed with several colours of gilding wax for a metallic look.  Here's the back of the cover:

Some lovely lace with added pearls and a butterfly in recognition of my swap partner Alison who goes by the blog name of Butterfly.  I'm sure you all know her!

The inside was kept fairly simple with a little pocket to hold the card but again using those lovely papers I've had for such a long time:

And that's it.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you are having a better day weatherwise but if not, enjoying some crafting time like me.  Hugs, Margie xx


  1. Yes, and I can vouch for the fact that it's even lovelier in real life! Thank you so much, Margie.
    Alison xx

  2. This is beautiful, Margie! Your card is on it's way, mailed Tuesday. I hope you find it in your mail box soon!

  3. Wow, what a beautiful mixed media ICAD. Now i'm verrrrry curious, what's on my way. Feels like having christmas in a few days. (:o)

  4. Hi Margie, your ICAD and holder are gorgeous, the colours are just amazing and I love that Jane stamp and the bird is just beautiful. Love how you added the butterfly - very appropriate indeed! Hugs, Anne x

  5. Wonderful Margie - Such a pretty ICAD and what a lovely envelope to put it in.

  6. I can see why you love her Margie she looks adorable as does the dragonfly. Lovely tonal colour scheme everything just looks delightful.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  7. That beautiful and bold blue works gorgeously with Jane and that wonderful dragonfly.
    Lucky recipient to receive one of your creations.