Monday, 16 April 2012

Gone Fishing!

Good morning folks from a sunny but very chilly Sussex. Hoping you all had a lovely weekend. We came back from our break and were very lucky with the weather away as although there was rain, it mostly did it whilst we were under cover. There will be a few pics to share soon when I've sorted them out.
Being Monday, we have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday and continuing with the April theme of Men and Boys, this week the theme is to make a project featuring Sports or Hobbies.
My card enabled me to use up a piece of serendipity background paper which didn't turn out at all as I expected so read on if you'd like to find out how it came about.

The background paper has a rather interesting water textured appearance and if you look closely, it looks like reflections on the bottom section. It was made by wrapping cling film round a thick piece of packaging, inking it up with Distress inks and various re-inkers including Brilliance and spritzing with a little water. I then placed a piece of card on top and ran it through the Cuttlebug.
To my surprise and delight serendipity struck as when it emerged at the other end, some of the corrugated paper on the inside of the packaging had added a very interesting random stripy pattern to the decorated paper. The Brilliance ink really does give a look very like reflections I think.
I made a border by layer stamping Hampton Arts distressed stripes stamp with Stormy Sky, Aged Mahogany and Frayed Burlap ink for an aged wood appearance.
I printed out the fishing image from the Polka Doodles Not For Girls CD on to watercolour paper and added colour with Promarkers. I finished off with computer generated text, cut out with a Papermania die and added dark red brads in the holes.

The Design Team have some fabulous inspiration for you as always with a great variety of male hobbies so do pop over for a peek. There's also a fabulous prize for the month from our lovely sponsor Marianne Design so don't forget that you have to be in it to win it!

Challenges for my card:
Crafty Ann's - It's A Man Thing
Pan Pastel UK Challenge - One For The Boys
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday - Anything Goes

Have a great day and before I go, hello to Victoria and Kaylou , lovely to see you here ladies and thanks for joining.
Fliss xx


Jacqueline said...

Great male card Fliss - your background paper is lovely too - must have a go at that technique - Jacqueline xx

craftattack said...

Lovely piece, the BG paoper is exactly right for it. It's *warm* here, Fliss - 3°!!!!! Hugs, Valerie

Suzi B said...

Great technique used for the background paper Fliss... looks fab. Love the image he looks as if he's dropped off!
suzi b xx

Crafty_Fairie said...

Love the image Fliss it fits our theme perfectly.Thanks for joining us at PanPastel uk this week.

Kerry DT Leader

brenda said...

A great rustic feel to your card Fliss making it a perfect male card.

B x

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss
Sorry I have missed your art but managing to pop over to see what you have been creating.
There is a beautiful sense of peacefulness with this card and lovely colours.

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Great background .... this could be my hubby without the boat lol:)

Elise said...

Oh wow, such a beautiful card!! Lovely colors and a nice image!!Thanks for playing along with us at SSC this week! Hope you'll join us again soon for some more challenge fun!
Greetings Elise

Brenda Brown said...

Love the fishing theme Fliss and the watery background is perfect for it. The colours remind me of that lazy summer day.
Have a great week.
hugs {brenda} xox

Cheryl said...

oh this is just a perfect male card Hun,just love the background so effective,hugs Cherylxxxxxx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really fab, I love those papers. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Mynnette said...

Hi, Fliss! LOVE the textures strip across the middle of the card! Your image is fabulous and your coloring is superb! :)

Eileen said...

Ooo I like this card a lot ... super texture,colours and how brilliant is the brillance ink! Thank you for joining us at the PanPastel UK challenge this week. Eileen x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful male card, great image.

Vicky Hayes said...

Isn't it lovely when something unexpected happens when you're making a background?! Well actually sometimes it's not so lovely but it certainly is here! I like the way you echoed the pattern the corrugated paper had left with the central strip and I love the graphic image too. Looking forward to guesting with you in May! Vicky x

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card and a great image which you have coloured beautifully..thank you for telling me about my link not working I have deleted original and posted again...


Carol said...

Great male card Fliss. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time. Carol DT x

Aileen said...

Super effect on the background paper. Love the stillness of the main image. x

Ann Whitfield said...

This is fabulous Fliss, thank you for the detailed description of how you created the background and for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x