Saturday 12 December 2009

Cards for Men - New challenge blog

Donna from Donna's Den of Crafts has started a new challenge blog for purely mens cards. Now Men's Cards are a bit like marmite, love em or hate em, I fall into the latter mainly because I like cute pretty fings and dont really have many men to make for! However one must overcome fears and have a go so here's my entry!

Its a christmas card off the kids to my OH and is made using 2 images by Mo Manning - Two Jill and Sam in trouble. I reduced Jill to 80% so it was more accurate to what my kids look like and merged them using paint shop pro.

To try and explain how its done here...

Open a new image then add a new layer.
Open your digital images and use the magic wand and click on the pic then selections ->invert and copy it. Paste that onto your blank sheet as a transparent image.
Make another layer then copy the 2nd image and paste that too and move them until you're happy.
In your layers panel on the screen click on the the one at the back so in this case Jill and use the eraser tool to erase parts that are showing through on the front image (i.e Part of the dress showing through Sams hand) Also this image is a funny one as Jill is sandwiched between 2 layers, part of Sam's image is the wall which Jill is in front of but she is behind Sam so you have to click on Sam and erase parts of that that Jill is actually in front of.

Sounds complex but its easy with practice, promise!

These two are exactly like my kids Ethan (2 and 3/4 and Molly (18 months) Molly is a stroppy little diva and Ethan is not usually deliberately naughty and can be quite remorseful when he knows he's in the dog box!

Image was coloured with Promarkers and the backing paper is a hand painting the kids did to make it more personal for their Daddy. I've stamped and embossed Merry Christmas and added xmas tree and hat brads. I think it sums them up nicely and may not be a traditional xmassy image but their dad will relate to it :)


Lauretta See said...

it is beautiful!! i love it.. :) great job!!

Donnas Den said...

Great card, Vix. Thanks so much for your support and good luck with our challenge over at Cards For Men.


Josephine said...

Gorgeous card! Bound to get a smile, too.

JAN said...

very beautiful card adorable and coloured wonderfully

Nannieflash said...

Fabulous card Vix, I love your image is gorgeous and so beautifully coloured as well. Thank you for joining us at the Cards for Men Challenge, good luck. with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Sheila said...

Fabulous hun, Bruce will love it!!.. made just for him by his favourite little peeps :-).
Sheila xx

Pop's Cards said...

Gorgeously cute card witht he awwww factor too, love the little hats really cute, big hugs pops x

Neet said...

So cute! Love the images and envious of your talents in colouring.

Wishcraft said...

This is sooo cute hun, such fab images and beautifully coloured as always!

Thanks for joining in with us at Card For Men :o) Lisa x