I had an email from a former hair client about a week ago, asking if I could make him a card for his girlfriend for Valentine's Day. I thought, oh sure, how easy. Lovely hearts and a doily, and some lovely sentiment. Easy, right?
Well, after I agreed to the project, he wrote back to give me his specifications for what he was hoping for. The message went like this--
Ok, the basic pieces are related to the woman I am currently dating. My nickname for her is "chipmunk," and she works in a biology lab and loves glass beakers. Seriously, she is going to school to learn how to make glassware by hand. So something around a scientist chipmunk who loves beakers. She calls me "ogre" (there is cardmaker confidentiality, right?) so I was thinking something with a chipmunk in a labcoat working with beakers on the front and then inside getting squeezed by an ogre.
(So, ok, apparently there is NOT cardmaker confidentiality. So, sue me. Who, of the people he knows, is going to read this, anyway? )
Uh, like, WHA'? I don't have STAMPS for that!!! Who makes scientist chipmunk stamps, anyway?
Well, after my initial panic, I remembered that a couple of years ago I made a Frankenstein card by hand cutting and layering shapes. I decided that I could adjust that design, and come up with the ogre part. I did a mock-up and sent it to my friend/client. I told him that I was a bit uncomfortable making a chipmunk, which I hadn't ever attempted, because I worried about it not being cute, and I didn't want to offend this young lady.
That looks amazing!!! I would only ask you give the chipmunk a try, my girlfriend is far from vain and she is going to just love this - she is a pinterest DIY junkie. It's your call but this is really great!
Ok, so HOW could I not give him a chipmunk? Well, I put on the old (very old) thinking cap, and this is what I came up with.
I made this--
So , Ms. Chipmunk started with a circle of brown card stock, with two more smaller circles for her cheeks. The rest just sort of fell into place, especially when I borrowed an idea for the lab coat from Betsy Veldman.
See the "beaker" thing she is holding? I had an idea to use a little glass vial that perfume samples come in, but the labels they paint on those things does NOT come off. My answer? That's a little piece of a glue stick!
So, I know you're wondering what happened to the ogre, right?
Well, you have to open the card to see him---
I went so big on this guy, I had to put the space to write a message on the upper flap of the card! I think there is some BIG impact in store!
Well, I have to say, this one took me more time to do than anything I've done previously. When you have a client that you're working for, you really try to make everything as perfect as possible, and that definitely means a few more steps to make sure that glue doesn't leak, there's no fingerprints, etc... None of the regular stuff you manage around when you are doing for yourself.
This card is THICK, too. I HAD to pop up that nose on the ogre, (how could you NOT?) and the ears had some depth to them too, so since all that had already happened, I decided to just go for it, and deal with the envelope later. The chipmunks background pieces are popped up on foam tape in areas, and the hearts around her are, too.
Here's a look of her and the envelope I made--
Well, panting and sweating, I crossed the finishline on this project, and got it into the mail. As long as the airports open in Boston before the 13th, I think we're in good shape!
I hope they both like this card. I am pretty happy with it, I must say.
You know, this may get me to do some more 3D type cards, especially now that I can handle making envelopes! Stay tuned!
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