Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Down on the Farm

A week or two back I mentioned that I had some family birthdays to make cards for, so now another one has passed, I can show the card I made. It was for my brother-in-law who is in his mid-seventies, and while I was trying to think of something suitable, I remembered this digi image that I bought ages ago for something else and then didn't use. It is a Delicious doodles design that I bought from Stitchy Bear.

I started by printing it out and adding some colour with copic markers. There wasn't much colouring to be done, and I felt it needed something to lift it, so I made a white base card and cut a square window just off centre. I placed the image behind the window and added a square of backing paper over the entire inside of the front as my copics had bled through the image paper, and I wanted to hide it. 

Next I took out a selection of very small green, brown and yellow paper snippets. With the green I cut out various leaves using the Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings die strip, and with the same die I cut a few brown branches. Then I used the Shapeabilities D-lite die, Cattails and cut it using two yellow papers. I cut each one into smaller pieces and layered them up to make the wheatsheaf in the bottom left corner. I then glued the leaves and branches randomly along the side and top of the frame, so they overhung the image .
Finally I found some tiny paper flowers. I bought a little bottle of these long before I left UK and there was hundreds in there. They are a bit like blotting paper so they are easy to colour. I sprayed some with candy-apple red glimmer mist and scrunched them up while they were still wet. When dry I paired them up with a black micro brad centre to make poppies and added them to my wheat sheaf, and used the last one in the lower right corner to balance it up. Then I stamped a greeting on the lower part of the frame.
I shall link this to Pixie's Crafty Snippets Playground - Week 76, because, for once I actually used some of my snippets up!


Jean Straw said...

I saw this one for real and it a lovely card. I like the main image and your wheat sheaf,poppies and leafy embellishments made it into a very lifelike picture.
Jean x

scrappymo! said...

Wonderful card...I have an envelope of leaves that I punched out years ago and never could think of what to do with them...I think I would love to use this tree and leaves idea as some inspiration.

Your image is coloured beautifully...I am fond of horse images and love this one.

MaxineD said...

Wow Kate this is amazing - from a simple (well coloured) image to a stunning card - great transformation.

Di said...

Wow Kate - this is absolutely stunning! Quite apart from all the snippets you used, it's just so realistic. I love it and bet your brother-in-law did too!

Hugs, Di xx

MaryH said...

Great card, loved your coloring. You did some super saves to fix your bleeding through (does happen at times!). I liked the aperture effect as well, and your diecut leaves were so pretty overhanging the image..just like the horse was plowing in a field of trees. Lovely card, and TFS. Hugs

Glenda Atkins said...

This card just jumped out to me and I truly love it, the image is stunning and your embellishments are fabulous. Maybe it's because I come from farming stock but there is something about this card that calls to me. Wonderfully done!

Amanda said...

Such a gorgeous image and the frame really sets it off, perfect use of snippets too. Hugs, Amanda x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

FABULOUS card Kate. Perfect for a male and I love all your embellishments.

Sarn xxx

Karen Petitt said...

Sorry it took me so long to pop over from the Playground but I had to visit you - I love it, you've coloured this beautifully and I would never have thought it was a digital stamp! Absolutely gorgeous card hugs Karen x