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Monday, 30 May 2011


Haven't been able to do much crafting this month and none at all this week as I have been busy marking exam papers - just finished the last of 300 this morning. I just wanted to say thanks for all those who have looked at my blog while I  have been neglecting it myself and for the lovely comments on my last card as well as a welcome to some lovely new followers.

I have another marking session coming up next month so must get crafting in the meantime or you will all forget me! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend - despite the weather.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Grandson's Birthday Card

I suddenly realised today that I had a birthday card to make for my grandson who will be 12 on Wednesday. It's always difficult to make cards for boys - especially so as they get a bit older and much more fussy about things. I haven't made many boys cards lately but now I have made three in quite quick succession!

I decided to use my new founded ability to merge digi stamps and make a card with his dog Barney on it. He loves Barney more than anything and I know he will be pleased to see him on his card. Of course - I couldn't find a stamp that looked anything like Barney who is a Yorkie Poo - a cross between a Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier but was able to find a stamp among my digis that looked quite like my grandson!

In the end I thought I'd try to see if I could use an actual photograph of Barney  - this was the result. I guess I could have cut the image of the dog out and decoupaged him over the boy's image but I must admit I enjoyed playing with Gimp again. lol

It took quite alot of fiddling to get the proportions right but I was quite pleased with the result.

The front of the card is covered with paper from my stash and a piece of bright blue mirriboard which I embossed with a  cuttlebug folder of birthday greetings.

The digi image of the boy is 'Music Micky' which I bought from Charmed Cards and Crafts and I coloured him with my Promarkers to look as much like my grandson as possible. I used three shades of Warm Grey for the hair, Ice Grey for the shading on the shirt, shoes and discs and cornflower blue for his jeans. The skin was done with Ivory, Vanilla and Blush.

  The image  of the boy and the dog,  which was one image, was then cut out and mounted on the mirriboard using silicone glue to make it stand out in relief.

The greetings banner was made in Word, using Word Art and this is the first time I have made a sentiment like this - I think I might use it again.

I am going to put this card into Here Come the Boys first challenge which is 'Anything Goes'.  Hope you like it. xx