Monday, 9 April 2012

Chipboard Triptych

When asked by a friend to make a card for a 30th birthday, I thought 'no problem'.  Except that the birthday girl in question is a triplet and their mum was calling their joint birthday party 'The Big 90'.  Except that my friend had some rather definite ideas about what should be on the card... like a teepee and fairies and the house name and a garden.... the list went on....

After a few false starts, I decided to transform three pieces of chipboard into a triptych birthday card (one panel per triplet) and, after seven hours of constant creativity, here is the finished project:

I started by rubbing my Versamark ink pad around the edges of each piece of chipboard and embossing in gold.  I didn't want to see any chipboard edges.  This is the front cover:

Part of the garden scene is now revealed with the other side being left blank for my friend's birthday message.  This fairy (and the others) were all found on a copyright-free image website for tattoo artists!!  They were printed onto Whisper White card stock, coloured with my Versamarker pen and clear embossed, as were the titles.

The triptych garden scene is revealed!  The birthday triplets are having a teepee in the garden for their birthday party, hence its significance.  The teepee was made with triangular shapes of Very Vanilla card, with some craft wood stubs positioned at the top.

The panels were all created in the same way: the fairies were printed onto plain Whisper White card, then coloured with my Versamarker and clear embossed.  Next, the background was inked.  I used Bashful Blue for the sky and Crumb Cake and Old Olive for the ground.  Then came the fun bit: creating the garden.  This was entirely created with the marvellously versatile Autumn Days stamp set.  I used a combination of Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Garden Green and Crumb Cake inks.  Finally I added a few tiny paper flowers which were one of the first crafting goodies I ever bought for my supplies.  I've almost finished the packet now; I'm getting quite emotional at the thought of finishing it!

Here are close-up views of the central and right-hand panels:

And lastly, here is the funny back panel that my friend insisted on having as she thought the picture was so funny!

These panels were all mounted onto Early Espresso card and adhered to the chipboard.  I punched holes with my Crop-a-dile and tied them together with Whisper White ribbon.  I then made a box to house it and tied it up with ribbon.

Stamps: Autumn Days
Inks:  Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Garden Green
Card:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Other: Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Versamarker pen and Versamark inkpad, clear embossing powder, gold embossing powder, sponge daubers, heat tool
Non SU: tiny mulberry paper flowers, small stubs of craft wood, computer generated titles and silhouettes, 3 chipboard panels

This is one of the biggest scale projects I've ever done and I have to say I'm rather pleased with the result. While I'm feeling keen, I might have to give another big project a go!  As always, if you are interested in any SU supplies, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or by phone on 07977 141605.  I will be delighted to assist you with your papercrafting projects!  During April, if your order comes to £45 or more, you also qualify for free designer paper! Click on the link in my sidebar to see your choices.

Craft A Scene - silhouettes
Charisma Cardz - chipboard or stickers

Hope you like it! And if you want to see my Easter story themed chocolate cake I posted earlier, click here.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

Thanks as always for visiting - I look forward to visiting you back,


  1. This card is stunning, and what a specific brief, I wouldn't know where to start with something like that. I love your Easter cake, too, and the easter bunny. I think you've got the balance just right, between celebrating the true meaning of Easter and the 'fun' side too. I bet the cake tasted fab, but I am so impressed at your ability to make a cross out of a flake!

  2. Wow, Victoria, this is stunning. Far more than just being a card, it's a work of art. Absolutely gorgeous! xx

  3. This is a beautiful, I love all the colors and the layout! Just Gorgeous!

  4. What a fa-bu-lous project ! Very original ! Well-kept work. Bravo !

    Hugs from France.

  5. Wow! I love your scenic memory book. The faeries and flowers are wonderful too. Thanks for joining us at Craft a Scene. NancyD

  6. A perfect card for a very tricky brief! Just gorgeous, I'm sure they'll absolutely love it :o) Lisa x

  7. Fabulous project, so gorgeous...Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  8. WOW, WOW, WOW! This is just beyond creative & so beautiful! I'm sure your friend was just blown away with it!

  9. Stunning Victoria, I love what you created!

  10. Stunning Victoria, I love what you created!

  11. WOW, this is stunning! I love the colours and garden scenes and the tree on the front cover and tee pee are really fabulous. Hugs, Jill x

  12. Wow a stunning project which will make a beautiful keepsake. x

  13. Victoria, you have created a masterpiece. This is glorious and so very creative. Every thing about this is stunning and beautiful and very, very creative!!!!!

  14. How lovely
    Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week
    Love Jan

  15. Just gorjuss, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.
    Shell xx

  16. Fantastic job, Victoria! I love the "After party" panel -- great idea from a friend. I feel like I've been gone a dozen weeks instead of just several days. I'm trying to get caught up on visiting but hope you'll forgive if I don't have time to comment on everything you've posted while I was away. I am browsing through all of them. :-D

  17. A very beautiful card and I love the silhouette:)

  18. Wow, Victoria, what a project - 7 hours work...does that include the thinking time - for me it would be more hours thinking while I should be sleeping, that's where I do my planning....I've come over from Shaz' blog to see your blog...greetings from a fellow Christian in N.Ireland...hope you had a blessed Easter, cold weather and for me it was decorating every day except Sunday when I lay down and slept a lot in the afternoon!Have bookmarked your blog to come back and see you again.

  19. brilliant, Victoria...lovely colours


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