8 June 2009

Joe's 21st

I find cards for men difficult at the best of times, and this one was for one of my very special nephews, Joe was 21 back in April, and I wanted something different for him, this is what I came up with, finished it at the last minute, and had to give it to him that evening, I've only just managed to borrow it back to get a photo of it.

The front.....
As a youngster Joe loved the Star Wars Movies, Tony & I used to take him to the West End to see the films when they were released, so I put a photo of him as a child into the banner as a character from Starwars. He's just bought himself a new Mini, so I used an online graphics program and put his photo on one, printed it off a few times then decoupaged it, with quite a lot of layers. All I needed was a background so put another photo of him on a graffiti wall. Mated and layered it all onto silver and black miri card.

At the moment Joe works in a pub and I need something for the inside of the card, I had two images in mind, but I couldn't decide which one to use, so I used both of them.
I decoupaged a barmaid from a sheet I had and on the other side I used one of the Flippin Men sitting on a beer barrel, which you could spin around to see his back.
I didn't like the checked cap on the man so coloured it using a felt tip. This was a big card, A3 folded, just trimmed down on the length a bit. Weighed a ton, good job I didn't have to post it.

Would love to know what you think...


vikkithescrapjunkie said...

Wowee this is a super card Chris. so much thought has gone into the making of it!. I find mens the most difficult to make and avoid them as much as possible lol. Great work!
Love n hugs
Vikki xx

Louise Emma said...

Absolutely brilliant and I am sure he loved it x

Sylvia said...

Love them both.....great idea of inserting his photo onto the card in different aspects of it..and love the way you have added the barmaid on the flippin one looks really lovely...Bet Joe loved them both..

Sylvia xxx

My'scardcorner said...

Brilliant card Chris love how youve put his photo on the mini and great idea to use both images in the insert. Bet he loved it.
Ive just done my granddaughter and her boyfriends 21st cards Guess which was the easiest:0)

lynne said...

fantastic he will love it lynne xx

Liz said...

WOW What a brilliant card was out all weekend murder trying to keep up He will love that Great!

Liz xx

Nicola said...

Wowee Chris, you sure went to town on this masterpiece. It is absolutely awesome. I wouldn´t know where to start with graphics but you are a whizz kid. I love absolutely everything you have created and I am now lifting my bruised chin off the floor. Brilliant work sweetie.
Nicola -x-

Lin said...

What a brilliant card Chris, and so different,he will love it.

shellshearer said...

Oh Chris hun its fantastic how you've put his pic on the mini it looks great

hugs shell xx

Nicola said...

Morning Chris, there is a little something on my blog for you.
Nicola -x-

Debs said...

Hi Chris, great card I'm sure he loved it, so clever the way you combined it,
Chris could you let me have your email mine is
I wanted to thank you for my award and explain why i hadn't got back to you.
Hugs Debs

Carol said...


Such great ideas and what a stunning card - no doubt he was thrilled!

Love the card front all those elements work so well.....


Liz said...

chris Are you OK Have not managed to distribute your award yet but I will Are yu still gardning not seen you about just wondered are you ok
Liz xx

Bea said...

wow what a clever card ,you have covered everything, you have a good imagination well done that girl
Bea x

Liz said...

Brilliant card Chris, awesome what you have done with the graphics. He will love it! x

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW Chris - these are absolutely AMAZING! You put sooo much love and thought into these and it shines through!

Kirsten said...

Hi Chris this is stunning i love all the photos they look great very clever hugs kirsten...x

Bev said...

Two fantastic cards sweetie, love the first one, it's amazing xx

Donna said...

Wow Chris, you did a really fantastic job on this card, I love all the personalization you've done and I bet Joe really loved the card. I like the idea of the swinging guy on the barrel so you could see both sides.

Cassie said...

thanks for stopping by my blog!! i've enjoyed looking through yours - your style is so fresh and creative -- love it!

what a wonderful, thoughtful card --- full of so much meaning!

Wilma said...

Hi Chris,

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I am e follower of yours now. Your cards are really lovely. Beautiful paper and the cutting is very difficult. I whished i could do that. You made a very nice soccer card. My friend is a referee and i always are looking for such cuttingpaper. But i never found it in Holland. The glitter lady's paper is so lovely.
I like your work so much!

sugar n spice said...

Hi Chris, thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left on my blog, where have you been, somewhere exotic I hope, Keep well hun. Suzi x

Claudia Rosa said...

thats really a fabulous boy card dear Chris. love the details .. you know sometimes just those cards you struggle with are turning out the best.


Tina said...

wow - this is super cool and way different - LOVE IT

Gayle Page-Robak said...

What an excellent card, Chris...Joe must have loved all the images. Beautifully created. Thank you for visiting my blog now I was able to come to yours and follow you as well. Hugs, Gayle.

Spyder said...

What a brilliant card, love it! really well thought out!


Susie Sugar said...

These are fantastic cards my friend ...............I have an award for you over at my blog
Hugs Susie xx


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