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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mr Cardmaker is a Commission Guy....

Well, you may remember my first commission card, the "squirrel with the ogre" card.  No?  You can read all about it here.  My "customer" was a former hair client from Boston. 

Well, I have yet again been approached by a former client, the oh-so-wonderful Ms. Lina, who needed a fancy birthday card for her mom's birthday.  The brief included tips like, "She likes nature, she is a scientist, she is from Denmark..."

Soooooo....Flowers!  Flowers are from nature! And they have them in Denmark! 

I pulled out my Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals stamps with matching dies, and got to work!

I made this--

Now, I had originally had a "make a wish" sentiment as that banner, but Lina said that they don't do the blow out the candles thing in Denmark, and she'd really like it to be personalized with her birthday.  I managed this with a Stamps of Life set called Calendar to Build. 

Let me tell you how FUN it is to cut and stamp these flowers!  Oh, man, I had every ink I own out at some point, mixing and matching.  It is amazing how much impact you get from these tiny, tiny die cuts.  I was one happy stamper doing this card. 

I also went to town with foam adhesive, lifting the flowers into this massive bouquet.  I then decided to make an even bigger display by adding in some Sizzix leaf die cuts done in green cardstock.  I made a good, solid padding piece to go over the top of it all, by taking a thick piece of cardstock and passing it through my crimper.  I sure did NOT want this one crushed after getting it "just so."

Then for the inside, I kept the stamps out, and added a second bouquet.
I made this--

Easy peasy-  I stamped the sentiment (Papertrey Ink), then used post-its to mask it off.  Then I it was a matter of stamping more flowers and leaves. I later realized that I didn't leave very much room to write.  Oh well!  You COULD write over the flowers if you want.....But I hope she doesn't.

So, I am waiting to hear whether Mom likes it or not, but as you can see, I will have to wait until after the 19th.
I had so much fun making it, and I get PAID!  I'm gonna make it RAIN up in here!

Thanks for stopping by!
All Best--


  1. it's fabulous! you are cracking me up with your make it rain comment!! LOL

  2. WOW! What a beautiful card! Congrats on the special order. Hugs to you!!

  3. Now this is just DANG AWESOME!!! I love the bouquet!!! Very cool to personalize it with the date...I"m totally gonna CASE that idea!! She is gonna LOVE this card!!

  4. Mom will totally love this! It's like a fresh bouquet with a fold down the middle! Beautifully done...can't wait to hear what she has to say! Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. Hi Richard, your cards are amazing! I am a bit overwhelmed by the first one because it looks so difficult! But your second card, which probably required nearly as much work with masking and all that, simply blew my socks off! Excellent work!!

  6. I just realized that what I thought was a second card was actually the INSIDE OF THE CARD, OMGSH, Richard - you've got to be kidding!!

  7. Beautiful card, Richard! I really like the flower cluster on the front of the card but think it is super adorable to prettify (is this a word in English? *lol*) the inside!

  8. Usually I don't use this word, but here goes ...... FABULOUS!

  9. I love that you conduct interviews for your commissioned cards, Richard! You did a great job meeting all the criteria (even the date!) and still maintaining your own style. The inside of your card is a nice surprise!

  10. Congratulations! You'll be rolling in it!
    Money I mean!
    Lovely card!

  11. Beautiful cards, Richard! I've yet to play with my floral set but you've inspired me to open it up!


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