Monday, 11 April 2016

Let's hear it for the boys ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week has started well.  The title is because we listened to 80’s toe tapping music over the weekend, lol, a music programme OH recorded and I did my foot/ankle exercises whilst crafting.  The podiatry and rheumatology departments will be happy because music is the one thing that gets me doing my foot exercises happily and willingly.  I’ve a male birthday card to share and here it is …

A 5" x 7" card
Lots of lovely inky and painty stuff
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crop Stop Blog #14 Linky Party 
Frilly & Funky Challenge for a Man/Boy:
I spoke to OH to see if the pink background was appropriate and he said I would be happy to receive this card because it is dark pink and not feminine or girly

Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #161 Green and Pink
 Twofers Challenge #17 Birthdays 

Today’s card has stamped and embossed the trees onto a white card snippet which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints (ATs) Landscape set.  I thought I was going to create a spring daylight scene but it evolved before me into an atmospheric night and I love it, loves it a lot lol.  I can’t remember the order in which I used colours or the names of the colours I used to create my own colours because I was just going with the flow! 

I used two layers of Landscape ATs on the scene, Distress paints and acrylic paints were added around the border of the scene because they are opaque and gave much more depth of colour.  I wasn’t sure what colour I wanted for the background so I played again by colouring with Beautifully Grunge ATs set and it wasn’t dark enough so used the darker blue in the Landscape ATs and that has created this gorgeous dark background.  I used a white card snippet to die cut the happy with.  I coloured my custom mix paint and I wanted to make it shimmer a little so I used embossing ink and clear EP.  I played around with the scene, the die cut and other embellishments but I couldn’t find what I wanted so I delved into my created by me embellishments and found the FP (Friendly Plastic), hand cut star and FP slivers (snippets).  I played again with a different layout with the star and the FP slivers and found the perfect position for everything.  I glued the scene to the card then I put small dots of glue onto the back of the FP pieces and put them in position.  I left that to dry for approximately 5 minutes then I warmed up my heat gun and melted the FP onto the card.  I felt there was something missing so I used my rub on waxes around the edges of the stamped and coloured scene.  I am so happy I did it because it was the perfect finishing touch to the edges.  I attached the happy with funky foam and double sided tape and added a little or the rub on was to that and I was done.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Crafter’s Companion: Crafter’s Inspiration #9 Spring Edition
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug; Winnie & Walter Stamps in a word die: happy
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pipettes; star shaped cutter; pot of water

Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion: Sheena Douglass white stamping card & snippets
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Landscape set; Beautifully Grunge set
Distress paint: Salty Ocean; Scattered Straw; Pumice Stone
WOW Clear EP; rub on waxes #
Pebeo acrylic: green; yellow; brown
Friendly Plastic #
Versamark IP; white gesso; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; funky foam

# OS: old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 4/5 years old


Team Clark said...

Such a perfect boy card, love the "stick" detail. My little one would love this! Thanks so much for your sweet comment about my publication, means the world to me! Hugs, Autumn

rachel said...

A super male card Karen - really lovely make! Big hugs rachel x

Sanja Grdinić said...

What an interesting & beautiful card this is, Karen. I like it a lot! :)
Have a great day...

brenda said...

A super scenic creation Karen, both depth of colours and dimension as well, a super piece = those foot movements much have really worked wonders in so many way.

B x

Jane Willis said...

What a super card with so much going on. I've not seen Friendly Plastic in action for years! Thanks for sharing with us at Twofers

Andrea, said...

Fab card, the background is wonderful.
Thanks for joining in this weeks CCT challenge

Heather said...

A gorgeous card Karen, a beautiful design and pretty scene along with lovely details and super sentiment die-cut!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp wednesday challenge.

SARN said...

WOW - this is amazing Karen. Top job xxx

Di said...

A super snippets card Karen - and sounds such fun to make too!

Great to see you in the Playground.


Di xx

Tracy Freeman said...

Hello lovely How are you doing ? Hope you are well :)

I really like this, a lot. The textures are AMAZING ! and such a pretty scene. Sorry i have not been about, just been having a bit of a blogging break :)
Sending love and hugs xxxx

Cara said...

Oh wow, just love this. Pink is definitely masculine in this case. Cara x

Jo Rice said...

How wonderful, and what a great way to use Pink and Green. I totally love what you have created here...perfect for our Fussy and Fancy challenge, thanks for joining in with us once again...Jo. X

Zoe Sanderson said...

Simply fabulous card all your hard work so worth it when you see the results. Thank you for joining us at Twofers XOXO

Brenda said...

I hear you on the music Karen, music is what gets me moving too. lol And I love the song of your title. lol Love your card too my friend. I love the scene you have created on it. Just a fun card! Hugs, Brenda

Melissa Bove said...

Beautiful card! Love the scene you created! Great design!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Sally H said...

Wow, wow, wow, Karen! This is so beautiful! I love everything about it!

Beth Brovold said...

WOW Karen this is all the technique and beautiful scene!! Thank you for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy!
Take care,

Jenny Marples said...

That is such a beautiful scene Karen! Loved finding out how it was created. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie x