Monday, 7 September 2009

Steve's Birthday card for a painter

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked by my first follower - Keryn - to make a birthday card for her husband Steve. I have to say probably as you all know there is somewhat more challenge making a card for another cardmaker and how much did I enjoy this challenge!
Steve is a keen painter so the request was for a painter themed card.
I used a gatefold card base with matts of Basic grey papers all inked at edges.
 The easel and the brush was designed on my pazzles and then cut out using Crate papers, layered for depth and all edges inked.
The canvas on the easel was made with grungeboard painted with crackle paint for a distressed/aged effect.
The images are Basic Grey rubons added to the canvas.
The easel is attached to the left hand side of card, the brush and some additional paint splats are attached to the right hand side of card.
Two eyelets are set on easel with ribbon to tie card closed. I made a small palette cut by hand with sakura details and set with eyelets to make a closure for the card.
Crate paper alpha stickers were used for sentiment.
I am entering this into the Spoon full of sugar challenge which is distressing. I have used a distressing effect with the crackle paint on the canvas and the background papers used are distressed.
Thanks again Keryn for the challenge...


  1. Hello Claire!

    Wow... lovely cards since my last visit! You're so creative, to give everyone a very personal card!! Great, great!!!

    Sweet greetings,
    Saskia :)

  2. This is really cool and I love all the images on your blog. AWESOME!!

  3. love this hun its a great design love cheryl xxxx

  4. oh i just love how you personalize it with their name! and this is just stunning!


  5. Fantastic! You come up with such wonderful ideas. Anesha :-)

  6. What a great card. I'm sure your friend's husband will just love it.


  7. What a gorgeous card! You are amazingly talented! :)

  8. Gorgeous card Claire, I love how you've done the palette with the glitter and eyelets, I bet he'll love it!

    Rose xx

  9. Claire, thanks so much for making such an amazing card for Steve, he absolutely loved it as did I! It is now on the wall of his painting room in pride of place.
    I can honestly say that the photo really does not show it to it's best. IRL the depth of it and the richness of the colours combined with the bright palette and beautiful brush are just stunning!
    Many many thanks again Claire!
    Keryn x