Saturday, March 9, 2013

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card - Happy Anniversary - Royalty in the House

Picture of a portion of my handmade anniversary card with an anniversary quote.
Peek at My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

One type of card I have not created in the past is a handmade card specific for a wedding anniversary. I've made cards about love and romance like my tattoo art card, my various teddy bear cards, my Moxie cards, and my valentine cards. However, I've never made cards specifically for anniversaries and I thought it was about time I gave it a whirl. With that said, I decided to use the same design that I developed for my pink poodle fabulous card. Change the image and the color scheme and I have a handmade anniversary card.

Now, I wanted my wedding anniversary card to be suitable for any wedding anniversary, but I also wanted it to have a silver anniversary flavor to it. That's where my handmade card's color scheme came into play. I used pastels, cream and a silvery grey that reflected a silver anniversary flair to me. I added a little lace and glitz to my card to give it panache.

The World Around Me

Anniversaries are a time to spoil that special someone and to celebrate the wonder of love. Here is how my two mousers celebrate.

Picture of my two cats sleeping on their special perch.
My Two Spoiled Cats - Bingo and Gracie

Bingo and Gracie are such spoiled cats and spend a lot of time here on their "throne." It's not uncommon for me to be working on the computer and hear soft snoring behind me.

As you can tell, Gracie is the queen and often times tries to convince Bingo that he should find another place to perch. On this particular day she stretched out and left Bingo just enough room to look out the window without touching her. Gracie seems to think that just sharing space with him demonstrates her love.

Picture of my cat Bingo perched on the very edge of his window seat.
My Cat Bingo on the Edge of His Seat

You can't get much closer to the edge than Bingo is without falling off!

Picture of my cat all stretched out and sound asleep.
Queen of the House - My Cat Gracie

I guess Bingo is lucky that Gracie's foot is sticking off the file cabinet so that there was enough room left for him.

Close up picture of my cat's face as she sleeps.
Life is Good for My Cat Gracie

This is what I call spoiled contentment!

My Love of Papercrafting Challenges

I follow many challenge blogs and my handmade wedding anniversary card reflects the following challenges.

Handcrafting My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

Card Statistics

  • Final Card Size: 5.5" tall x 4.25" wide
  • Tools: circle dies, scallop edge punch, mini flower punch, cake stamp, scoring board, blender tool, blending stumps, paper cutter, scissors, ruler, computer, Cuttlebug machine, non stick craft mat, tape runner
  • Materials: cardstocks, designer paper, cover stock, adhesives, silicon adhesive, gamsol, colored pencils, inks, stickles, lace, pearls
  • Card can be Purchased in My Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

Front Panel of My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

Picture of my handmade wedding anniversary card sitting at a right angle.
Angle Right - My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

To create my wedding anniversary card I started by constructing my card base from silver grey cardstock (11" x 4.25"). I scored the cardstock at 5.5" so that my handmade card opens vertically from the bottom to form a tent card.

Next I built my topper panel. I used peach cardstock for the base of the panel (5.25" x 4"). For the top portion of the panel I affixed a piece of peach pastel tie dyed designer paper (3.75" x 3"). On the lower portion of the card panel I affixed a piece of silver grey cardstock that I border punched the lower edge with scallops (3.75" x 2.5" prior to edge punching).

At the interface of the designer paper and grey cardstock I attached a piece of cream lace (5"). I wrapped the ends of the lace around the edges of the panel and secured them on the back. I attached this portion of my topper to my card base using my tape runner.

For the focal point of the card I stamped my cake image on cream cardstock and colored it using gamsol and colored pencils. I colored it in such a way to give it a velvety textured look. After I colored my cake I die cut it out (2.5" circle) and used my blending tool to apply peach ink around the edges. I matted my image with peach cardstock (2.75" circle) that I die cut. To add a little pizzazz to my cake I decorated it with several miniature flowers that I punched from silvery grey cardstock and added a drop of stickles to each of their centers.

Once my cake image was completed I constructed my front sentiment. I printed "Happy Anniversary" on cream cardstock in silvery grey ink using my computer. I die cut my sentiment (1.25" circle) and applied peach ink around the edges. I matted my sentiment with peach cardstock (1.5" circle) that I die cut. I positioned my image panel and sentiment panel on my card front and attached them using silicon adhesive so that both panels are popped from the surface of the card.

Close up picture of the cake image and sentiment on my handmade wedding anniversary card.
Image Panel - My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

I like the velvety texture I achieved for my cake using the colored pencils.

To finish off the front of my wedding anniversary card I affixed two ivory pearls at its lower scalloped edge.

Picture of my handmade wedding anniversary card facing left.
Angle Left - My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

You can see all of the dimension my wedding anniversary card has from the different elements on it. The one thing that is difficult to see is the sparkle on the centers of the flowers. You can see the sparkle better on the close up picture of my cake image, but they really shimmer in the light as you move the card.

Inside Panel of My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

Picture of inside panel of my handmade wedding anniversary card.
Inside Panel - My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

I kept the inside of my anniversary card very simple. I constructed a panel from cream cardstock (5" x 3.75") and matted it with peach cardstock (5.25" x 4"). For a little decoration I affixed a strip of the peach designer paper (3.75" x 0.5"). I attached my completed inside panel to my silvery grey card base using my tape runner.

I used heavy cover stock (8.5" x 8.5") to construct my handmade envelope and decorated it with a strip of the peach designer paper down its left edge.

Final Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card and Handmade Envelope Set

Picture of my handmade wedding anniversary card and envelope set.
My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card and Envelope Set

So this is the same design as my pink poodle card, but has a very different feel to it because of the different image and color scheme.

This card set is available in my Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card.

Card Recipe Specifics for My Handmade Wedding Anniversary Card

  • Cardstock: Hammermill, Wausau
  • Designer Paper: Unknown
  • Cover Stock: Staples
  • Cake Stamp: Studio 12
  • Lace: Weintraubs
  • Pearls: Studio 112
  • Stickles: Diamond
  • Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities standard circles large and small
  • Punches: Martha Stewart double scallop edger, Dollar Store mini flower
  • Inks: Stazon jet black, Versamagic pink grapefruit
  • Prismacolor Pencils: putty beige, peach, goldenrod
  • Tools: blending stumps, computer, scoring board, paper cutter, scissors, ruler, Cuttlebug machine, non stick craft mat, blender tool, tape runner
  • Misc Materials: adhesives, gamsol
  • Techniques Used: gamsol, die cutting and punches, blending

So ends another jaunt along my handcrafting card journey with my handmade wedding anniversary card. A unique card for that wonderful couple celebrating a very special day. Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my handmade card and photography with you. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back soon! 

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  1. Fabulous card, love the colours and design.

    Crafty Bloggers Network DT Team

  2. Beautiful card! Great layout and I love the soft colours! thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  3. Beautiful card. i love the colors. Thanks for playing with Loves Rubberstamps!

  4. Such a sweet and adorable card! Love the colors and touch of sparkle! Thanks for joining my challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

  5. Love you card and your feline company. My older cats share space in the same manner. However, we now also have kittens and they have no sense of decorum and will plop down on any person or cat so they've brought everyone a little closer together. Thanks for joining the A Muse Studio get down and dirty challenge. I was thinking I picked a loser of a subject since no one played. You are also the winner of the mermaid chevron cardstock. Mermaid is a new color. I wanted to say it is a bright teal but others say that is not an accurate description, so you know... you'll see it when you get it. Please drop me your mailing address. princessjudy4 at

  6. Oh, forgot to mention that I find sponging VERY messy because my sponges are ancient and crumbling. So not only do I get ink everywhere, I get bits of sponge. Yeah... some day I'll replace them.

  7. Very pretty card. Your cats are adorable and you can tell who is the boss. LOL! Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at Paper Playtime this week.

  8. Fabulous card, love all the details on your card! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  9. I am so late in my commenting, so sorry! I love your card! The colors are so soft and pretty! Your sponging is beautiful. Thanks for joining in on the A Muse Studio Consultant's Challenge and congrats on your win!

  10. Gorgeous card, love the colours and design...Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
    Wendy xx

  11. What a pretty anniversary card! Love the soft colors you chose, love the design and image, love your embellies--especially those tiny flowers! Thank you for sharing this with us at TTCRD. Hope to see you again soon! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  13. Thanks for playing our dies challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  14. Clean, simple and rockin. I love the colors and the cake is awesome. Great use of those fabulous dies. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  15. Great card!

    Thanks for joining us at A & T Emerald Faeries! Hope to see your lovely works soon again!

    Hugs, Sande DT xx

  16. Pretty card.

    Thank you for sharing at Totally Papercrafts this week.


  17. I love the soft colours and especially the colourful paper. Thank you for playing along at Paper Playtime.


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