Monday, 28 February 2011

Cards for Men challenge 5- Water...

I can't believe we're up to challenge 5 this year- where's the time going?! This time we have a 'Water' theme at Cards for Men and the challenge runs until 13th March so why not pop over and join in?
I was inspired by the image from Hope Jacare to go all curvacious with my card! Claire's images always strike me as 'curly, swirly' and are a joy for those of us who love colouring in. I had this wonderful digi paper set in a download from Mommy Me Time Scrapper called To The Sea and added the sentiment to the tag in Photoshop.
This card gave me a chance to have a first play with my new card cutting die from Go Kreate, available exclusively from Click on Crafts. It is designed to cut through a folded card to give you a shaped card but I had a little trouble at first- I think I cut my bases from quite sturdy card (which in the end the die had no problem cutting) but my Big Shot felt tight with all tabs and too loose with tab 2 off so I used an old slim calendar to act as a shim. It was perfect because I could adjust how many pages to put through until it felt just right. I used it on top of tab 1 on the multipurpose platform and under the cutting plate sandwich. As this is an easel card the brown front was one layer so this went through fine with all tabs then just needed a little hand trimming where the fold would be. I drew around the inside of the card die to shape my papers perfectly then cut them out by hand. The shape matched nicely with nesties Labels 8 which I used for the image.
The swirl is cut from an oddment of glitter card that I rescued from a card my son got ages ago. It matched so well- now I have justification for all the bits I keep! The easel is supported on card candy. I kept the embelishment simple because of all the curvy shapes- the only straight line on this card is the fold at the back of the easel!

We are sponsored by Claire from Hope Jacare and she is offering 3 digi images to our lucky winner. The rest of the DT have made fabulous cards with her images too, so do pop over to Cards for Men to see their work and for the rest of the challenge details.

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:

15 comments:

Claire Phillips said...

Your shape is so perfect with that image...and how much I love that you describe them as curly and swirly....Wonderful card! Cheers Claire x

Denise and Louise said...

Awesome card - love that image and the wavy paper you have used. Thanks for joining us at DYSU xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Alison, wow love that card that colouring is fabulous and I love the fish and stones very lifelike. A Stunning card. with love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

WencheP said...

Cute card, love the blue colors. Thanks for joining us at Do you Stack Up.

-Wenche

Mummylade said...

that's a lovely image! thank you so much for entering the SFTW monochromatic challenge, and good luck!

Shannon said...

Love this!!! Makes me wish I was on a cruize right now. Thanks for playing along with our Sentiments Challenge.

Jo said...

This is wonderful Alison! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at DYSU this week! Hope to see you next time!

Shannon said...

Too cute!!! Just an adorable card. Thanks for playing along with our Sentiments challenge.

Paula Bee said...

I just love this card! The background paper is awesome! Thanks for joining us at Card Creations & More!!

Miranda said...

gorgeous card Alison
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week
hugs
Miranda

Rainmac said...

Gorgeous card Alison, I love all the curves, the image looks wonderful x

Savahanna said...

Great card. love the sparkle. Thanks for playing with us at Card Creations & More

Jarna said...

I just love your card, the shapes and colors are awesome.

princesskitten said...

That's really effective - love the 'pebbles' on the beach

kitten DYSU team

Card Creations by C said...

This card really pops!!! Love it.

Thanks for joining us.