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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I hope that you have all had a lovely day, whatever you may have been up to. I have spent the day with the hubby's family and our three gorgeous nephews. We had a lovely roast cooked for us, with plenty of Easter treats for dessert. All in all it was a relaxing and enjoyable day which was much needed, since I have had to work most of the bank holiday weekend and again tomorrow. No such thing as bank holidays in the land of retail!

On another note since I have been out of the loop of blog land for the last week or so, I must update you on the wedding design sketch that I featured in the last post. The design was finished on schedule and the movie themed wedding that the card was designed for took place just over a week ago now. It was a beautiful day that was enjoyed by all, the highlights of which included: The Bride and Groom walking out of the ceremony to the Star Wars theme tune, the groom and best man speeches, the girls that were on the hen night including myself performing a flash mob style dance in our pink ladies jacket to a mash up of all of the Grease hits, and towards the end of the night the men serenading the bride to you've lost that loving feeling in tribute to the film Ghost. The weather even though overcast and windy held out for most of the day, not that it really mattered too much though as it was all held indoors at the same venue.


So onto the update of the wedding card design itself! As you saw in my last post the initial sketch worked out quite well. I then went onto colouring it and there were a few moments when I wasn't sure if the design would work out or not, particularly when it came to deciding how best to crop the background for the layout of the printed card. I also had some issues with deciding which text would also look best within the printed layout, but I think I pulled it off in the end.

Aside from these minor issues I did really enjoy making my design up and putting it into print as it had been a while since I last did this. Plus it was also the first time that I had printed out my cards using my new logo design on the back.

For the card size itself I settled on a square format measuring 13.3 x 13.5cm which is generally my favourite card layout to use, as it tends to work quite well with the proportions of my work. Plus I think it looks a little more modern and interesting than standard sized cards.

I then used a thick good quality card stock with a canvas texture to print the design. Again I tend to use this when printing my cards, as I find that this finish presents my work in the best way and gives it a professional look.

Once printed I then cut to size and finished off the design with some glitter accents. See what you think of the final outcome below.
 

 
Finished Card Design  
 
Printed Card Front
 
Printed Card Back
 
Close-up of Glitter Accents
 
Enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend! I am off to start my next project now x
 

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Getting Back To Normal!

This week I am finally beginning to get over my recent bout of illness and get back into my normal routine. As I mentioned in my last post I have a few projects in the pipeline at the moment, the first of which I have started this week. I am creating a wedding card for a special couple that are getting married next Friday. They are both film buffs and are having a movie themed wedding, so to reflect this I have incorporated a cinema into the design of the card. So far it is coming along well, I have sketched out the design and I thought I would give you a sneaky peak of it below.


I hope that you have all been having a good week so far and have not been hit by too much snow! We had a more than the sprinkling that they forecast on Monday, which caused a few problems but it has all cleared now. It's still very crisp outside today but is beautifully sunny which puts me in a cheery mood. So on that note I am going to go and do a bit of colouring before work x

Saturday, 9 March 2013

A Lot Of Catching Up To Do!

Unfortunately my week off didn't go quite go to plan, hence my absence! As I mentioned in my previous post I had a number of illustration projects that I wanted to get sorted on my week off, but once again not much got done as I came down with a sickness bug which wiped me out for most of the week. Typical considering that I haven’t had a sickness but since I was about twelve. I got a little tidying done in the flat towards the end of the week when I wasn't feeling as weak, but that was about as far as I got.

So once again I had high hopes for this week just gone with a Mother's Day design in the pipeline, but come Tuesday I got hit with a flu like virus again! I really don’t know what is wrong with me at the moment, I usually have a pretty good immunity but currently I just seem to be catching one thing after another. I'm one of these people that just tends to get on with things if I’m ill but it really has hit me hard, & even though I am so behind with my artwork I know that I just need to sit, recharge and try to ward this off as soon a poss! Since today is the first day that it hasn't taken me half the morning to get up ready for work, I am hoping that I am on the mend now and that that will be the end of it!

On a more positive note I took this image to show you of some beautiful daffodils that our neighbour gave me. She is a lovely lady and we often help her out as she is quite elderly, so she bought them for me as a little thank you which was a very sweet. They definitely brighten the place up and make it a little more spring like.



I hope that you all having a lovely weekend and that whether you are a Mother or have a Mother to treat, that you enjoy Mothering Sunday tomorrow x