Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Umbrella Man

Afternoon Everyone,

And a very warm welcome to Sarah, the newest follower of this blog ... lovely to have you join in and I hope you continue to enjoy reading about what I get up to craftwise or otherwise :)

Before I move on to my share for today, I'd like to take a moment to let everyone who has been affected in any way by the tornado that has hit the Oklahoma area know that I'm thinking of them. I know your President has declared it an emergency area so I can only hope that you will get all the assistance you need to help you through this terrible time.

Now to Umbrella Man ... I'm being kept busy making cards - it's been one birthday after another this month. This latest is for my oldest step-grandson.
He will be 22 in a few days - an age that calls for nothing too fussy when it comes to cards. So I've chosen to create both backing and topper with Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Stampers Anonymous Stamp Collection on Papermill Direct's kraft cardstock, layering them on to black card ... I think he likes black :)
The topper was sponged with TH Brushed Corduroy then over stamped with a texture stamp from the Tim Holtz collection, with the same ink and using the first and second impression stamping technique. Umbrella Man was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, the sentiment in Versafine Vintage Sepia and the flight of birds in ColorBox Frost white. The whole thing was finished of with a very light sponging around the edges with TH Black Soot before being matted on to the black card. It was finished off with a metal screw brad found among my stash - from Creative Expressions, I think. The background was made in the same way and then a length of washi tape - IndigoBlu's Wishi Washi tape.
The inside has a layer of kraft sponged and stamped in the same way as that on the front.

And I still haven't made a card for his sister, my granddaughter. I've hithered and swithered over this and still not decided what would make an appropriate card for her ... it looks as though it's going to be a last minute decision :(

I hope you are all having a great day. It's not bad here, it's not raining, it's warmer than it has been and the sun is trying to break through and even succeeding for short periods.

Do take care of you and yours, and happy crafting too.


  1. What a brilliant man card :o)
    I will join you in sending greetings to those people who have been so badly affected by the tornado, and hope that everything that can be done to help them is being done!
    Jackie xx

  2. Oh it really is so sad for anyone that was effected by the tornado It's terrible these things happen l know they can occur anywhere and the damage is so distroying my thoughts go out to all of the families, Your card Elizabeth is lovely ideal for a male card too x

  3. What a perfect card for a 22-year-old man, Elizabeth. Perfect image, perfect tone, perfect sentiment, and perfect finishing screw brad!

    You should use that same sentiment for his sister (it's the best!) and maybe a girl holding an umbrella and use a bow instead of the brad?

    Glad you are having sunshine!!

  4. hi Elizabeth
    love the card... it has a lovely simple feel to it that men prefer... althought the making of it is anything but simple.
    have a good week
    janet #18 i think

  5. stunning card Elizabeth.your design is fab and I love the fantastic stamp :D

    xx coops xx

  6. Great masculine card...loving that bird ribbon!


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