Friday, 12 June 2009

HH: 'a little behind' and fintastic dad

Wanted to make some 'fun- cute' cards for a break from all the 'pretty/feminine' cards I've been making (else they get a bit samey and mojo goes!). So dug out my High Hopes and made father's day card for FIL (before hubby asks for one last minute!) and then as I needed a belated birthday card for my friend, found the perfect sentiment and image for it. For speed, I used the sketch over on High Hopes this week.

So here's the belated birthday card using Nikki's sketch over on High Hopes challenge.
where I've used sketch both on the front . . .
and inside. . .
  • Images: all High Hopes stamps, including the fab sentiment on the front. The corny one on the inside I made up using my ATB tape writer (crackling instead of cracking - pork, get it?!)
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Papers: Making Memories 'flower patch' pad.
  • Others: Fiskars border punch, retro flower punches to make flower on the front, EK flourish punch inside and lots of faux stitching around all edges with a pink and silver gel pen.
Then, here's the father's day card I made which wasn't made to any challenge just wanted to use these 2 fab fishes and the rest just kinda stemmed from that. Gave my Copics a break for this one and watercoloured instead, using distress inks and twinkling H2Os (talking of which anyone still waiting for theirs from Luminarte? If not, how long did your order take? It's been 2 months now :/)

Front . .
Inside . . .

  • Images: again, all High Hopes, except the texts which are from various other stamps and inside chinese wording I printed off the pc (thank goodness for the internet as my Chinese writing is less than awful)
  • Colouring: Stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with distress inks and H2Os. the background sea was sponged after masking the fish then sprayed some perfect pearls over it (just mixed it with water in a mini mister spray bottle) as an alternative to glimmer mist which I don't have
  • Paper: no dp used, just pearlescent cardstock run through cuttlebug bubbles folder and circle cut out using nesties

I'll leave you with this shot of the fish where you can hopefully see all the shimmer on them and in the 'water' around them.

I'll be back late tomorrow night/Sun morning to announce winner of my mini WoJ candy. Have a lovely weekend,


Nicola said...

I love both of these. That fish one is awesome. Great cards.


Anonymous said...

Stunning cards Fran, specially love the shimmer on the fintastic one :)
Have a fab weekend,
Hugs, Marlene x

daisy said...

o theye look fantastic fran!totally something differen't but i love it


Vicky (Angeldrummer) said...

They are absolutely fantastic x

Yvette said...

These cards are just toooo cute!!! Love them both! Great job! :)

Leslie said...

too too cute

Sally Cicada's Designs said...

Both of your cards are fantastic--love the way you coloured them--your papers and design elements are fab!!

Viv said...

What a pair of crackers Fran!!
They are totally delightful. THe fish are fab but the belated birthday card is amazing! It even matches yer blog background! LOL
Viv xx

pickle said...

Gorgeous set of cards . I especially like the fintastic one the colouring is excellent xx

Beth said...

Ooh these are both fab! I love the funny sentiments (Jamie just asked what I was laughing at!) The sparkly fish look gorgeous too!

I hope you're enjoying the weekend!

Beth xx

Cheri Howard said...

Gorgeous cards - you did a fabulous job!

dawnmarieg said...

Hi Fran, great cards, really like the piggy, great sentiment too. Fab 'fintastic' card the shimmer on the fish and water is beautiful. Hugs Dawn Marie.xx

MichelleO said...

Fran... both cards are wonderful those little fishies are really cute, love the window opening. But I am sorry - personally I LOVE THE DONKEY CARD!! LOL.. wonder why. Really love how you zig zaged the edges of the retro flowers too!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards Fran, so nice to see some non girly ones!
Love the fish, beautifully coloured.
Carole x

debby4000 said...

Oh these are amazing, love the HH one its so corny but fabulous.

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