Friday, 6 November 2015

Football fan's card

Phew, this is a last of a little run of male cards I'm pleased to say - I always struggle and am much happier making pretty things :)

This card was for a little neighbour's 7th Birthday, yesterday. He's mad about football (aka soccer elsewhere) and follows his Daddy in being an Arsenal supporter:
I used:

- 7" x 5" white card blank, tent style

- slightly smaller black border panel

- made the football by using SU's 'Honeycomb' embossing folder and white card as well as some black card. Snipped a few hexagons from the embossed black card and added them onto the white embossed card before running it through the Cuttlebug with a circular die (one from the Tonic Studio's set I keep banging on about)

- then I cut a couple of strips of Kanban 'Green Grass' patterned card and snipped the top edges to look a bit like blades of grass

- cut a panel of Kanban's 'Blue Sky' patterned card just a bit smaller than the black panel

- stuck one layer of the grass strip about 1" from the bottom of the sky panel, added the football and then added the other grass strip over the bottom part of the football so it went right to the bottom of the sky panel. I know, I possibly wasted some sky precious patterned card but it made the whole thing much more robust

- as usual, I'd left a bit of an overhang when adding the grass strips so trimmed each layer as I went, back to the edge of the sky backing card

- next added the black panel behind the sky, grass and football panel then stuck it onto the card blank front

- all that was left was to add the wording using peel off stickers for ease - some are silver ones coloured with a yellow Peel Off marker pen

- almost came unstuck next, I wanted to add Arsenal's current badge/logo. Found and resized an image and then the printer kept screaming it had a paper jam when I was doing a test print. Called the in-house support team who was also stumped, poking here there and everywhere in the printer with no sign of a paper jam. And, for some reason as we were giving up and ready to try it on another printer I just idly lifted the entire printer up to peek underneath - and there was the jammed piece of paper. Just think, if we'd given up and ordered a new printer - the asses ears would have been waving high here when we discovered the jam as the printer was moved to make way for a new one! Moral of the story? Leave no stone (or printer) unturned :)

- having resolved the printer issue (and having had help from in-house support team to bring the logo to a more true red as by this time I was almost running round the walls here), printed it on matt photo card and trimmed round the shield. That left the white cut edges of the card which I just ran a gold calligraphy pen round before adding said shield to the card with a thin sticky pad - phew

Making that last bit took longer than the rest of the card! And I did giggle - when he first saw the card almost finished Len remarked 'Like it. You're really on the ball kiddo with that one'. Then there was silence before we both cackled at the unintentional pun! Nut case.................who also sends his huge thanks for all your lovely Birthday wishes the other week!

By the way, I did spot this idea for the ball in a few places on line. Another use for that SU embossing folder!



StirYourCreativity said...

The Gunner fan would have loved the card. Lovely card

ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely card Di.Good use of the embossing folder.

Kath said...

A great card Di and I'm glad you got your printer sorted!
Kath x

Sandra H said...

What a fab card and the ball is amazing Di using the embossed folder and l'm sure he'd love this being such a footy fan another of your amazing makes take care xx

Pat said...

This is a great card Di and your little neighbour will have been thrilled with this I'm sure. I love the dps with the clouds and grass and a fantastic idea to use the hexagon ef to create the football. x

Sarn said...

BRILLIANT use of the hexagonal ef . . . terrific boys card Di. Love the in-house critic's pun. Does that make hima pun-DIT???????

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Di said...

Snort! I'd say you're on the ball yourself there Sarn! :)

Thank goodness for having a few cards made and posts in draft for once, there would be a loud silence from here otherwise right now!


Di xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Di,

Very cool use of the honeycomb embossing folder. It's nice to think outside the ball, er, box.

I hope you and Len have a wonderful weekend!


Jacee said...

Great design for a young man, love it!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Dr Sonia S V said...

The hexagon pattern looks gorgeous Di

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

The your little neighbour will be on the moon with this card! You have made a great use of the exagon embossing folder, this card is so creative!

Jane said...

Such a clever card Di....I giggled at the printer story. .glad you got it sorted. Technology has hissy fits at the worse times! Enjoy the weekend hugs xx

Kathleen said...

A bit of a marathon it seems but well worth it for the fabulous result, good tip for the use of the SU E.F.
Hope you've got your sofa back, thought at one point Sarn was going to throw it on the fire.

Get well soon, and even sooner than that.

Kath x

jimlynn said...

You really were on the ball with this like he said! So lifelike and cute. I know the little boy will love it too!

Carol L said...

What a clever use of that hexagon embossing folder! The soccer ball is really fun and I'm sure that little man will get a kick out of it too! Oops, there's another pun for you :)

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

What a great idea to nestle the ball in the grass like you did!

Sue said...

Just catching up Di on your fab makes! I have a lot of catching up to do and I must try to get back into the snippets challenge:) but I'm getting there slowly..lots of huggles Sue xx

Donna said...

You nailed this. Fantastic design. Who says you can't make cards for boys/men???

Greta said...

How funny--puns are especially fun when they just come out unintended! Brilliant card--so creative & perfect for a boy!