Tuesday, 19 July 2011

OLW62 - Make it personal .....

.... gosh, talk about cutting things fine - it's only a few hours to the deadline for this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge, being hosted by Susan at Simplicity.  The challenge for OLW62 - is make it personal - "make a card for a particular person that is custom designed for him or her. You might use the person's favorite colors or a favorite image (such as a frog card for a friend who collects frogs, or an iris because it's your mother's favorite flower)". 

I don't know why this card has taken me so long to make - because I knew as soon as I saw the challenge that it would be for Jonathan to welcome him home.  But coming up with a design has been more than a little difficult.  And this card owes thanks to Chrissie - for the idea of sponging, and to Vicky - again for the sponging, but also for the idea of music!

Jonathan has lots of interests but the top two, apart from his family, are photography and music - so it was natural to use them as the main features.  And his favourite colour is green.  Once I'd got that sorted it came together really quickly.  Here's the card.

It's a square card, 13½ × 13½ cm.  I started off by masking off the top and bottom of the card.  I stamped some of the images in London Fog directly onto the white base.  The I picked my favourite green inks and sponged them on being careful to blend them.  Then I added a few more images using the various shades of green.  Finally, I added a sentiment above and below the main image.  I think this is the first time I've done one of these grungy, vintage type panels - I really like the effect. 

Stamps:  Stampendous - House & Home; Inkadinkadoo - Rock Star; Creative Expressions - Vintage Photography; Waltzingmouse - Musical Backgrounds, Fancy Phrases, Sewing Box - Hugs
Inks:  Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog; Distress - Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint
Accessories:  Card from stash

I showed this to Kathryn before I added the sentiment and asked her what she thought.  She looked at it carefully and said "It's for Daddy!  His favourite colour, cameras and music!" - so it works :)

I've had an extremely busy day - I've finished the wedding cards - I've made two so that Helen can pick which she likes - I'll share them with you tomorrow.  That's all for this evening, so glad I managed to get this card finished in time for the challenge - now to put it away safely until Jonathan comes home.  Only 10 days to go! 

10 comments:

Stella said...

My oh my you really have outdone yourself again. The "layering"of stamps ( at first with a shade of grey and after that with different greens) makes it look like a sort of 3d image. Amazing and gorgeous!
Your husband will love it!
Hugs!

Pauline said...

What a fab homecoming card for your hubby! 10 days and counting you and Kathryn must be so excited! He will love it I'm sure!

Craftilicious said...

That's a stunning creation Deborah - I bet you're counting down the hours now :-)

Paula said...

Uh oh - what was I saying about a favourite??? This is brilliant & so personal. He'll love it.
Paula (PEP)

Jenny said...

This is beautiful Deborah, the inked panel works really well with all the varying shades in the images :)
I can imagine it'll be lovely to all be back together again :)
Jenny x

Janelle said...

Really great job on your card, Deborah. Love how you sponged over the images and collaged it all together. Bet your husband will love it, too!

Jen W. said...

This is stunning, Deborah! Love all the layers of colour and images. :)

Pauline said...

What a lovely card. The sponging is great. I am sure that Jonathon will really like it. I a sure your are anxious for him to get home.
Hugs

Susan said...

You did a beautiful job making the collage!! Love the overstamping!! My card

Vicky Hayes said...

You must really be missing Jonathan! I love this Deborah - the sponging and the stamped images gives a beautiful effect and I love the sentiments above and below.

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