Sunday, 6 May 2012

London Calling

Good morning folks, hoping you're all having a good weekend despite the weather which does at least leave some time for crafting.
It's now time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this fortnight the theme is Cities of the World. In my case with this being the Queen's Jubilee year and the UK hosting the Olympics I felt I had to be patriotic so London was definitely calling (and The Clash are singing in my head so guess who's showing her age lol).

I'm hoping that you think my card has a 3D look which is my intention although if you could touch it you would find that it's completely flat (very handy with the new extortionate postal rates I think!)

As you know, I love to make my own backgrounds and yesterday morning woke up with inspiration on how to make mine. All I did was to print out 2 union jacks I got from the internet, having first adjusted the size to fit my card. I then cut the red sections out of one and the blue from the other with a craft knife. I stuck these, one at a time over a piece of white card attaching the corners with masking tape and sponged Distress inks in the cut out sections - Victorian Velvet and Barn Door in the red and Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky in the blue. I stamped a tiny flourish using the Victorian Velvet and Stormy Sky.
I then stamped the images on tissue paper with Memento black ink, the details are below:
Big Ben - Papermania
Buildings - Crafty Individuals
Tower Bridge and Crown - Artemio
Lion - Viva Decor (Flourish from the same set)
Man - Oxford Impressions
Letters - Technique Tuesday
I added colour to the images with various Distress inks and then cut them out and adhered them with a glue stick. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo to finish.

The Design Team have some stunning inspirational creations on the catwalk this time and as always our lovely sponsor Marina of Cottage Crafts has a fabulous prize for our winner. So what are you waiting for, hop on over for all the details and don't forget we are a stamping challenge so no digis please!

Challenges for my card:
Crafty Cardmakers - For The Boys
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Best of British
Ooh La La - Make It Manly
Totally Stampalicious - Masculine
Penny Black and More - London Celebrates

Have a great Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx


Yvonne Garner said...

Oh I love how this came together Fliss! So well done. Hav a fab week. Best wishes, Yvonne

Dragonlady said...

Wow fantastic background, great inspiration. I love what you have done.

Hugs Ali x

Buttons said...

Love the way you have created this Fliss, and the fact that the Union Jack comes through all of the elements. Thanks for sharing, hugs, Buttons x

craftattack said...

Love your card, London is my favourite place in this world, so it always makes me happy to see parts of it! Hugs, Valerie

Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun, knew you would come up with something amazing,this is just fantastic Hun,a real work of art amazing,hugs Cherylxxxxx

Sally H said...

Absolutely stunning, Fliss, and yes, definitely a spooky moment! Whatever wavelength we are on it is very much the same!

Sally said...

A great design with a fab patriotic theme. Thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

Shirl said...

This is a fandabbydowser Fliss as soon as I saw it I loved it. The soft yellows you have added really make a difference and makes it come to life. So much work but oh so worth it.

Hugs Shirley x x

Meggymay said...

Love this card, it does feel like you are looking in to the amazing picture.
Yvonne x

brenda said...

This is just fabulous Fliss and of course the first thing that comes to mind is you really should check in over at Stampalot and PB & M, it's a perfect piece for both.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.

B x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fliss, that's a fabulous card, the background looks great, love the yellow highlights.

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Fliss, Wow...So very British! Great depth and I love how the background comes forward. Your masking is very superior and makes the card what it is...great technique Fliss.
Dot x

CheerDown said...

Wow, this is stunning, It really does have that 3D feel to it. From reading your description of the techniques used it sounds very labour intensive but it is well worth it. Thank you for taking part in our Make it manly Challenge at Ooh La La Creations.


Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss
Painstaking cutting but worth it for the 3d effect you achieved.
I recognise that chap :)
Wonderful card with amazing stamping.

Brenda Brown said...

An inspirational background Fliss and I love the stamped flourish. The other elements you have stamped really give the London feel to this card. Beautifully designed and produced.
hugs {brenda} xox

Claire Phillips said...

The Clash....ehhhh! Fab card Fliss - looks very dimensional - love the effect! Cheers Claire x

Mrs.B said...

You have created a Fabulous background for these stamped images, great masking. Love the yellow highlights, really adds depth.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Sue C said...

Fabulous card Fliss, the depth of your stamping is stunning ! Something new seems to appear everytime I look at it ! Sue C x

Anonymous said...

i love the images and techniques you used; this is beautiful. thank you for playing along with our london celebrates theme this month at penny black and more.

Shelly said...

Gorgeous card! Very British... perfect for my challenge at Cupcake! Thanks for joining in, Shelly x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Fliss, your card is fabulous!!! Loved reading how you made the background. Isn't it amazing how sometimes we just wake up with a plan in our heads and we're ready to make art!! Enjoy the BH weekend! hugs, Joanna xx

Netty said...

Beautifully atmospheric piece of crafting Fliss and definitely looks 3D. x

Jacqueline said...

A great card Fliss - fabulous background flag - Jacqueline xx

having a {me} day said...

Oh this is amazing!I love your British card. Thanks for joining us at Cupcake. keeley

Ephemera said...

Hi Fliss, superb background. I thought it was a bought paper, as it is so perfectly created. Love the fab selection of stamps you've used, such a great collaged effect, so striking. xx

Ellie said...

LOVE your DT piece, nice grid!

xxx Ellie xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss, what a super card I love the 3d effect and how you cleverly made the Union Jack. Gorgeous colours and images on this super card and just perfect for our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

P.s. now I've got London calling going around my head too !!!


Tracy said...

Fabulous Entry, love the selection of images. thanks for joining Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenge, Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Linby said...

wow this is so effective. Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts.
Lynn x

Ellie said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the way you combined all the stamps! So glad you shared with us this month at penny black and more!

Terry said...

Beautifully designed card! Love how you combined the images to create such a lovely city scene! Wonderful!

Von said...

Ohh Fliss this is wonderful! :)
Von x♥x

susiestacey said...

Stunning piece of work and so creative. Thank you for joining in the fun at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x