Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bienvenue Lyly!

The family face is changing on my husband's side.  Two of his sisters have become grandparents in the last few months!  (I am more than happy to wait for that experience - besides, I'm *far* too young to be a grandparent.....)

Bienvenue Lyly!  She's a real cutie from the photos! This card was made with a deadline - my husband is hand-delivering it to Montreal tonight! 

This little rocking horse is a Martha Stewart sticker I bought over a year ago.  It was quite the challenge to find coordinating paper.  But I dominated that challenge!

This is one of the new Spellbinders die sets, Radiant Rectangles.  I knew as soon as I saw it that this set would be very useful because it is rectangles and ovals.  Not only that, it's incredibly versatile.
The lettering was done with Mitchell Roundhand Nibs, sizes 1-1/2, 3-1/2 and 6 using a mixture of Schmincke Gouaches, White, Paris Blue and Chromium Oxide Green on Arches Text Wove paper. The little heart was made with a Gel Extreme.  Between finding the right paper and mixing the gouache to match, this card took quite a few hours and even then, you can see I didn't have the flow of the gouache optimized.
My French is so rusty that I had to Google the correct spelling. (but I was right before I checked.  All hope is not lost.)  This lettering was done with a Zig marker.  Mostly because it is instantly dry and I didn't have to worry about wrecking the card at this point!

Thanks for visiting! Suzanne
Here are thumbnail links to some of the items I used in this card.


  1. Wohaw! Gorgeous card and details - love that die!! And, not surprisingly, AWESOME lettering, Suzanne! :-D

    PS: My step-daughter is expecting her second child any day now ... and I LOVE being a grandma, even if I'm way too young...

  2. Very inspiring card Suzanne and unbelievably beautiful! I appreciate the details you include with the photos for ink/paint and nibs with your paper choice for the lettering.
    I often struggle with pen/ink lettering in the respect of finding the combination that works together for getting nice crisp fine lines.
    And I completely understand this card taking hours to make ... It becomes a labor of creative love and you should be so proud if it!

  3. Don't you just hate that, when your card is perfect and then you WRITE something incorrtectly. Lovely card.

  4. Oh that card is just incredible. You've combined each detail perfectly to create a true work of art!!! And I am so in awe of your calligraphy, just gorgeous!

  5. Lovely card, beautiful lettering and flourishes.
    Let's hear it for stash!

  6. Masterpiece! It is just the perfect welcome for little Lyly. Nicely done.

  7. What a beautiful card!!! Perfect for the new baby in the family. Love the new die!!