Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Both ends of the spectrum....

..... the age spectrum that is. Having had five sons, who in turn have given us seven grandsons and now a great grandson, I find myself making more than my fair share of male cards, and as we all know, this is not the easiest of tasks. This week I have been making two cards; one for my brother who is 83 this week, and one for my great grandson, who unbelievably is one in a week or two. It seems no time at all since I was celebrating his safe arrival!

The Michael Powell stamp that was out of stock when I ordered it, has now arrived, so I decided to ink that up for my brother's card. I am not sure it was a very wise buy, though I do like it. It proved to be a very fiddly task colouring it. I used my copics because I like their brush ends for colouring small details. As with the previous one I did, I stuck fairly closely to the colour guide on the back of the stamp. 
When it was finished I cut it out and edged it with a dark blue ink pad. I then used double sided tape to mount it on some burlap and then onto some pebble scrapbook paper that has lurked in my drawer for a very long time. I used a small strip of mottled blue paper to cut a row of waves and glued this along the base of the card. The other thing I wasn't so keen on about this stamp was it's size/shape. The only real option was to use it on a lengthwise DL card, which I wouldn't usually do, but I don't like making A5 cards except for something very special, and our Post office ups the charges a lot for that size. So a sideways DL it had to be. I made a slight error in cutting the waves, but I didn't have any more of the paper so I used it anyway, and hid the mis-cut under a silver anchor charm tied with blue bakers twine and some of the frayed fibres from the burlap.

For my great grandson's card I used a super Mo Manning digi image that I spotted soon after Isaac was born, and bought ready for this card! 

I printed it off and coloured it, again using my copic markers. Then I couldn't find any paper that I liked to mount it up, so I went online and found a perfect digi set of Wild West papers, alphabet and embellishments on the Scrap Girls site. I printed off a sheet of the yellow paper with blue hobby horses to cover the base card, and a sheet of distressed blue from which I cut a scalloped square. (I actually cut it, with proper scissors. No machines or dies in site! That's very unusual for me). Then I used the alphabet set to make the Happy Birthday banner and added a horses head to each end. I printed these and cut them out, along with a sheriff badge that was also in the embellishment set. I coloured a number one  peel-off with a blue permanent pen and stuck it on the badge.

I am entering the first card in:

and the second card in:
Fashionista Chalenge 5; Birthday or Baby (mine covers both).

I am also entering both cards in :
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge 127; All about the boys.
Make it Monday 101; Anything goes.


Jean Straw said...

Two lovely cards Kate. I like the seaside one and I love the way you have coloured and mounted it. I forgot to photograph my card for David so I can't blog it. The second card is real cute, well done for using the scissors! I can't believe he is one already. Jean x

Di said...

Both super cards Kate! I especially like the Michael Powell one, love the burlap etc. - and both cards are so well coloured. I know what you mean about buying stamps though and then finding them fiddly to colour - am sure we all do it and you rose to the challenge brilliantly!

Hugs, Di xx

MaxineD said...

Love both of these cards Kate, but the baby one really made me smile - it's a beaut!!

Christy Designs said...

Cute image baby card.
Thanks for joining us at Fashionista Challenge.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Both excellent male cards Kate. I love MP's designs but decided against buying the stamps as they looked so difficult to colour.


Shirley-anne said...

Both cards are fabulous Kate.
Love the cowboy one and the papers for it .
Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

Samantha said...

A very nice baby card Kate.
Thanks for joining us at the fashionista challenge.
Gr. Samantha

Joey said...

WOW that is a lot of male cards lol, these two are fantastic, I love the scene in the top one. Saw you over on mim. Joey #201 x

Dawn Mercedes said...

I'm so glad you chose to participate with Party Time Tuesday's Party Planners. Great beach project!

Lynne in NI said...

Hi Kate
I spotted your gorgeous card over at Party Time Tuesdays and had to pop over ... I'm in the middle of the cross stitch version of your card!
Lynne :)