Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Alchemy Orders Completed!

One of my favorite things to do, is for potential customers to call me up, actually now it would be get a hold of my through my Etsy Shop, Scrapping With Sherry, and request a custom order. Which is actually just a fancy way of saying they get a hold of me and tell me what they want. This is how I have been making cards for friends and family locally for years.

I love the challenge of them telling me what they have in mind as far as images and colors for example, what the must haves are as well as the must not's, and then creating a card based on their vision.

Besides the challenge of making a card according to their specifics, my favorite part is when I present them with the finished item and they love it! It still amazes me at how surprised they are when they see it for the first time. Just the look on their face is a compliment that I can't describe.

I had two of them to complete today. The first one, pictured above, is a birthday card for a 16 year old boy. She wanted a card with a guitar and white skulls, she preferred the card be black and white and be done in two days.

I not only used the patterned paper from the Rock Star Paper Pack for the background layers, but I cut out an image of a guitar with a craft knife to create my own embellishment. I added painted grunge board wings to the back for added interest.

She wanted white skulls so I painted a few grunge board cross bones and skulls to add since the images on the patterned paper were silver.

I added a touch of red to the card by hand stamping "You Rock" on a piece of white cardstock with Brick Red Distress Ink from Tim Holtz and then added the Distressed Embossing Powder in Brick Red. I didn't care for the plain white cardstock so I cut the middle out of a tag and replaced it with the hand stamped one I made. The inside has a "Happy Birthday" sentiment in rub-ons.

Tip: When Distressed Embossing Powder is used with Distressed Embossing Ink it ends up being light as there is not alot of coverage. To make it a darker color I use a coordinating colored distress ink. Any distress inks can be used for embossing too.

The second card is a friendship card. The recipient is a music teacher who has a passion for playing the piano . She did not want just black and white and decided that she wanted alot of her favorite color, red, to be added to the card.

I showed her a vintage card and suggested that the style and colors of the vintage browns would go good with the mandatory color red that she wanted. She did not like the look of vintage, so I resorted to using black and white with a red textured background. Since she wanted the card to have a good amount of red, I made the middle smaller than I would have otherwise. 

I hand stamped and colored the piano keys and then added them to the hand stamped, embossed musical background image, that makes up the middle portion of the card.

You can really see the texture of the embossed musical background in the photo above.

The tag says "You Are" and the sentiment on the inside says "Very Special To Me".

A black satin ribbon is what separates the musical image from the piano keys. I wish that I could of found a way to shape the musical image to look like a piano.

To finish the card I added a layered black flower with a white pearl in the center. I also added two black pearls to the two top corners of the musical background.

She is coming to pick this card up today. I have to admit that I am a little nervous. I like the card. But that may be the problem. Our taste is very different when it comes to most anything... I will just have to keep my fingers crossed! Update: She came by and picked up the card and loved it! We discussed her hiring me to create each of her grandchildren a canvass wall art for Christmas. She is going to place her order in a few weeks, through special request or Alchemy at my shop, Scrapping With Sherry.

I am really looking forward to doing these layouts for her. I have not had the opportunity to create like this in a while now.   

Thanks for coming by and taking a peek at what I've been up to. I have also been working on the list of books that everyone submitted during my giveaway. I should have it done within a few days.

Until Next Time... Take Care! 


  1. Such wondful cards I love them! Specially the firth one. Great Work, thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow--fantastic cards--and SO much work and talent!!!

  3. Sherry,
    Those are great. I love them.. The first one looks like it took a while with all the detail. I love to read the explanations because I learn something everytime.

  4. Hi Sherry, Oh my goodness how excellent those cards are! You did a fabulous job...Wow! I really do love and enjoy your work! I hope that you have a beautiful day.

  5. Love the second card. It is so very elegant. I must admit the first one is not my cup of tea but when creating for some else we do need to stretch outside out comfort zone. Both are well done and I enjoy your step by step explanation of how you created them. It amazes me how you can take a bit of PP and come up with such fantastic embellishments.
    Hugs & Blessings Bernie


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