A Bon Voyage/Moving away card.

I thought that “good-bye” didn’t cover it.  This card is for someone who is moving out of the country to get married so I wanted the card to convey more than just “see ya”.   When you leave the country you live in that’s more of a new chapter in your life (as is getting married depending on how together you were before you wed) so I thought “enjoy the journey” would be the perfect sentiment.

I have limited stamps for things other than birthdays but I knew there was a cute critter holding a balloon in a set of clear stamps I bought a little while back from eP. (Penny Black – cute stuff but the clear stamps are smaller than the wooden versions so take note!)  A little dig in the drawer where I keep my clear stamps and there it was!  As a bonus, the image was small and simple to colour so this card came together quickly (I am not a fast card maker…I can take hours just to make one card).  I used my SU markers and an aquapainter to colour the image (not a member of the Copic club yet – just can’t bring myself to invest $500 in a set of markers – if my fairy godmother is listening, hook me up!)

I discarded several layout ideas – I was having trouble positioning my sentiment – and then I stumbled across a sheet of cloud PP that would make a great background for my floating hedgehog.  I didn’t want to cover up the clouds with too many elements so that narrowed down my layout options.   A big red bow would have been awesome but I didn’t have the right shade of red (note to self) so I went with a “ribbellishment” a la Michelle Wooderson or MFT.

My only disappointment is that the ribbon frays quite easily so the trimmed ends are not as tidy as I would like them (I trimmed them several times but had to stop as the ribbon was getting too short)  The little pop of black is just enough on this card and you can still see lots of the wonderful background paper (it’s textured and very heavy).  The scalloped rectangle is pop-dotted off the card and I also raised the balloon on a dimensional for a little extra something. (I like to do that on a simple card – if I’d had the right shade of red glitter I would have blinged out the balloon but my only red has a pink undertone and I used SU Real Red for my cardstock so that would not work)

You might notice a flaw in the image…my cuttlebug made a crease in the watercolour paper when I cut out the rectangle.  Guess it’s time to replace that plate.  Hopefully the recipient will just think it adds character.  I don’t stress over small imperfections – it is a handmade card and doesn’t need to be 100% flawless.  Of course, I would have preferred not to have a crease in the image but I was short on time so a do-over wasn’t an option last night.