One of my colleagues is leaving. She is Irish, so typical good luck cards with four leaf clovers or shanrocks felt inappropriate, too stereotypical. She has mainly worked nights for the past year, so when I was thinking of card ideas I thought it might be nice to nod to that. She’s also a really girlie girl.
Santoro’s Gorjuss range is a favourite of mine. I love how the girl can be used in so many ways for so many occasions. It appeals to my more Gothic, steampunk tastes, but doesn’t have to be darker like that. I have the Nightlight stamp set which seemed perfect for someone who does nights.
I teamed the stamp set with my Gorjuss Tweed papers, some dark gray card with a silver hint, and a 6×6 card blank. The sentiment was made with my Dymo label printer, and I made simple flowers from die cut circles.
1) Stamp the Gorjuss girl on white card and colour it as you like. I used my Spectrum Hours. Die cut a notebook edge to the stamped image (I used a Tim Holtz die) and tear the other edges, curling one corner up.
2) Layer a piece of paper from the Tweed papers onto a piece of gray card, leaving a small border.
3) Tear a piece of a paler paper to the same height as your bottom layer, making this approximately 4cm wide. Attach this to the left hand side of the card front, leaving around 1cm of the darker paper visible to the left.
4) Stick the stamped image at an angle roughly central on the card front. Add a sentiment box cut from the Tweed paper stack, and a sentiment of your choice in this, at an opposite angle.
5) Attach the card front to the card blank.
6) Die cut swirls in complementary colours and stick these across the bottom left hand corner of the card.
7) Die cut circles in varying sizes. Cut these into spirals and roll them from outside in to form flowers. Stick these between the swirls, using the swirls as a type of foliage. Add one flower to the sentiment for interest and balance.
8) Finally, add a little silver glitter glue to each flower and create three sparkles in the bottom right hand corner.