Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Walk Like an Egyptian.......

Morning all.

Apologies now to all for putting the idea of the song in your heads....but when you see the card...you will get the title!!!

I was asked to make a card by one of the doctors at work (yes...he is one of my best customers!!). He was playing the part of Best Man for 2 friends of his that were getting married. To paraphrase him, I was given the brief of......"They are both Egyptian, doctors and they have a VERY good sense of humour. Make me an Egyptian themed wedding card....and take the mickey out if it if you wish!!" How could I say no??

Once again, Google cooped a real work out as to what ancient Egyptians wore when getting married and the common theme was gold, turquoise and a LOT of jewellery....so the seeds were sewn. I wanted to make the couple with the SU Owl Punch and after much trial and error, This was the final result........

Needless to say, there is a LOT of punch art and a lot of sponging on this card. The camel was CASED from Ellen Kemper here. I did however downsize the camel (used Lg Oval punch instead of Wide Oval Punch, Small oval replacing large etc) as her camel was slightly too big for my card. The blanket and hump for the camel was achieved by cutting out the smallest Fancy Flower Framelit and then punching it to the "hump" shape with the small oval punch. The belly tie was a left over petal cut straight to the centre. Does that make sense? The sand beneath was sponged using a post it as a mask. Given that the newlyweds had no card to drive off into the sunset in, I hung the "Just married" sign off the back off the camel!! It was generated from the computer.

 The bride and the groom were another challenge altogether! here they are close up......

The groom's Pharaoh-like hat is the chest of the owl turned upside-down. I used a wide oval punch and a 1"circle punch to achieve the Cleopatra-esque hair. The eyes ideally would have been almond shaped, but hard to get even. I ran a black SWM around the edge for the "eye liner" look.
Finally (and thanks for bearing with me) the pyramid. I masked off the section for the pyramid and lightly sponged it with River Rock ink. Then, to get the "brick" look, I carefully cut with a craft knife bricks from the sticky part, Put that across the top, and then sponged each layer in Crumb Cake ink row by row...offsetting as I went.
I received some feedback about a week later. Apparently the card was a hit (apparently I am also to expect a phone call form the bride when she is back from her honeymoon)!! The doctor that ordered it LOVED it and the bride and groom got such a giggle
Thanks for enduring a detailed post. I will try to list all things used, but if you feel I have missed something or have a question please leave it in the comments with an e mail contact and I will get back to you. Thanks for popping by.
Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Close to Cocoa (ret), Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede,, Pumpkin Pie Textured Taken with Teal (ret), non SU brushed gold CS, turquoise embossed paper and groom's chest piece were scrap donations from another bride's invitation!!
Ink: (SU) Baja Breeze (sky), So Saffron and Sahara Sand (sand), River Rock, Crumb Cake, Black SWM
Stamps: NONE!!!!
Punches/Dies: SU Owl Punch, Large/small/extra small oval punches, 1/4", 1/2" circle punches, Boho Blossom Punch (camel's hair tuft), Word Window Punch, Fancy Flower Framelit dies
Other Bits: Latte 1/2 pearls from stash, Post it notes (lots of them), Dimensionals, Metallic Gold Cord
Lynda xx


Anonymous said...

WOW, I certainly love your card and your take on everything Egyptian! So glad the happy couple loved it as well...I mean how could they not :) Cheers
Donna Z

Unknown said...

Very creative and a whole lot of fun! Glad the happy couple loved it too xx

Katie said...

WOOZERS, awesome, fantastic, fun and gave me a giggle!!!
How wouldn't love it!!!
So much thought and effort you have put into it Lynda. You are so creative!!!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

This is fabulous, Lynda! You are fast becoming the queen of story cards! Love all the tiny details you used to create such authentique looking character owls! Love it! Hugs xxx

Tui Nathan said...

Well ... I think you have well and truly sealed the the honour of punch Art Queen ...OMG, this is awesome, your detailing is incredible .... Fantastic!!!

Jenny Hayward said...

Lynda, this is absolutely fantastic! I applaude you. What a classic card for the couple. You have done well and I can see how much work you have done with them.
AND I am imagining you strutting across the floor "like an Egyptian"!!


Carol Carriveau said...

Toooo cute!!! I'm sure the couple loved their card...and you did a fabulous job!!!

Patrice said...

Wow what a totally fun card! How could they not LOVE this. You are amazing.


Sharon Field / Inky A*Muse-ment said...

The card was fabulous with all the punch art images... LOL but the pyramid puts it over the top! Love the themed outfits and the camel is just too cute! Brilliant composition Lynda!