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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #67 - For the Boys


Our Hostess for the challenge this week is SallyShe would like a male themed project. It  could be for a big boy, a little boy or a baby boy, so long as it's male themed.

We are sponsored this week by One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a prize of a £10 voucher for their shop.

And also by Digi Doodle Shop who are offering a prize of a $10 gift certificate for their store!!

I have used the Light House image from our sponsor - Digi Doodle Shop. I chose this because it is completely different to anything else I generally use for male themed cards and I was looking for a challenge. As always, I printed the image onto watercolour card, and heat set it with my heat gun. I then used my trusty watercolour tin to paint the image. To create the sky and water, I put a wash of just water over the area, then added colour into it.


I then had to decide on the background. I wanted a red, white and blue colour scheme to fit with a nautical theme, and chose to use the red gingham and navy blue crown papers from the 12x12 Papermania Portobello Road pack. I have to admit that my first attempt was a disaster - overly fussy and really detracting from the image. So I started again, and this time kept it simple.


The image and the mats are cut using Spellbinders nesties, and the corners of the large blue mat were rounded with an X-Cut corner rounder. The centre panel on top of the gingham paper is made from layering white grosgrain, blue satin and wine organza ribbons from my stash. I finished it off with tiny circle of white with blue gems. 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

That Craft Place Challenge Blog - One for the Boys
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - One for the Boys

Be back soon!!
Cxx

11 comments:

  1. I love this Carole.
    What weight of watercolour card do you print onto as I have had no luck with Digi's because I can't print on to card that I can use my watercolours on.
    Hugs Kimx

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  2. Hi Kim - I use Crafters Companion 300gsm watercolour card - I have a printer that will feed heavyweight stuff from the back. I tend to use draft printing, leave it overnight (if possible) and then give it a good blast with my heat gun. I try not to flood the areas too close to the printed lines - but generally I don't have a problem. Cxx

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  3. Wow, love your card, the water colouring is fantastic.
    Yvonne

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  4. This is amazing!!! LOVE your coloring--it's gorgeous! The red, white, and blue are the perfect accents! :)

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  5. Hi Carole what a stunningly serene card, perfect for this week's challenge
    Anne
    x

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  6. A wonderful card, love the lighthouse image.

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  7. This is beautiful! The simple layout looks fabulous with that gorgeous image!

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  8. I love lighthouses and this is a great image. And a fabulous card.
    I use 300gsm watercolour paper when I watercolour although it's a bit hit and miss with my printer. I have to stand over it with my hand on the top of the paper to 'help' it thought but it doesn't always work! xx

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  9. Fab image and love how you've coloured it. Lovely card :o) Hugs, Lisa x

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  10. gorgeous card. The image is so great. Love the paper.
    Hugs
    Doreen xx

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  11. Fantastic card, love the colours and the image is beautiful. Thank you for joining That Craft Place Challenge Blog :-) Kezzy x

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