Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Trainee chef?

Len's great-nephew apparently has himself a placement working in a restaurant kitchen, yay for Edward! After the difficulties he's faced all his life, this is such an achievement and everyone is really proud of him. Plus, it's a restaurant working towards its first Michelin Star, so it's very much a case of 'Yes chef' and 'No chef' :)

It was Edward's Birthday recently and, as with all teenagers, I was a bit stumped until, whilst trawling the internet, I came across a fairly appropriate free Clipart image. And this is the card I came up with:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- snippets of plain backing card, SU's 'Blackberry Bliss' - one cut to make a mat just slightly smaller than the card front

- the striped white, grey and black paper came from a LOTV paper pad called 'Mr & Mrs - it reminded me very much of the butchers style aprons I like to wear when cooking :)

- the image, as I said is by Clipart, re-sized and printed onto white card before being die cut using a Spellbinders 'Wonky Rectangles' die

- then mounted the image onto a slightly larger panel of SU 'Blackberry Bliss' card stock, cut to shape by drawing round the outside of the same die used to cut the image and then cutting it by hand

- the sentiment is by Craftwork Cards, already printed and ready just to pop out of the sheet. I did go round the edges with an emery board to smooth off any pips and rough bits, then ran a black Whispers marker round the edge to cover the white edge which would have shown from a sideways view

- mounted the sentiment onto a circle of 'Blackberry Bliss' card, punced using SU's 
1 3/8" round punch

- glued it all together and called it a wrap

By golly though, Clipart has come a looooong way since I first used to liven up conference presentations and training material, in a previous life back in the Dark Ages! Always worth checking Clipart when looking for images.

Edit: Luckily I made this card and wrote this post weeks ago - always handy to have a post or two in reserve!

Di
x

23 comments:

Liz said...

How cute is this image! Super card and it sounds like it was perfect for Edward. xx

Carol L said...

What a cute image, and so perfect for the occasion! I don't think I've ever seen a penguin chef sporting an eggplant on fork before, but I love it :)

jimlynn said...

How cute! Di, he's going to love it. That's wonderful about the restaurant job too. He'll be wanting to cook up something with eggplant now!
Lynn

Dana & Glen said...

What a fabulous, and appropriate, card for your nephew Di! Just out of college I lived in London for a year and worked as a silver service waitress and the kitchens were very much "yes chef". Very different than here in Minnesota. Thanks for the happy memory:)

Kath said...

A great card and image too - perfect for a teenager birthday.
Kath x

Donna said...

Clip art has come to my rescue before now, too... but boy does it take an age looking for an image!
Perfectly styled card, Di. I'm sure Edward loved it. X

Aquarius said...

I'd say this card is just right for a teenager who is into cooking - bet he loved it. Thanks for the link to the clip art, another way to while away some time!!

Barb said...

What a great card for a trainee chef. I hope he does well. Love those wonky rectangular dies.

I hope your back is getting better.Hugs, Barbxx

Linby said...

Great image and the background complements it perfectly.

SARN said...

Yep . . . always good to have a few blog posts in reserve! Such an amusing image and I'm sure it went down well with Edward. LOVE the wonky rectangles die and the stripy paper - perfect for a masculine card.
Hugs, Sarn xxxx TOOT TOOOOOOOOT on my whistle!

Cara said...

A perfect card. I never think to look on clip art, but I will now! Hope your back is improving. Cara x

laurie said...

Hope you are feeling better!!! This card is so fun....I love the shape of the panel...did I read it right that you cut that out? I thought it was a die! Awesome card!

Pat said...

What a great Clipart image Di and the striped background is just perfect. I'm sure Edward will have loved this. x

Jean said...

Fabulous fun image, perfect for the occasion. I love the stripe backing paper and the wonky rectangle.
Jean x

KandA said...

Brilliant image Di and it works perfectly with the striped paper. I do hope your back is improving xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Congrats to Edward for his work and this card is very appropriate for his birthday, I think! Very fun and elegant at the some time! The stips on the back look fabulous with this cute chef :)

scrAPpamondo said...

..."strips" not "stips", sorry :D

Kathleen said...

Gosh I haven't looked at Clipart for ages, tend to forget about it these, must rectify that. Super image and perfect for the young chap. Great idea with the paper and the aubergine add just that lovely tad of colour.

Kath x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a silly/fun card but oh, so appropriate!

Karen Petitt said...

That's a fabulous image Di and perfect for a male budding chef too. It's funny I was trying to find a certain image a couple of weeks ago and came across Clip Art and it's really improved a lot. Rest and relaxation is order miss Karen xx

Di said...

Snigger :) xx

Di said...

Hi Maura!

I die cut the image itself but then, to have a narrow border of plain card behind, I often draw around the outside of the die and then fussy cut it by hand as a backing mat/layer. It makes for a narrower border than going one step up in the die set and often looks a lot less obtrusive :)

xx

Loll said...

Such a great image and perfect for Edward. Congrats to him on his new job! xx