Friday, 25 March 2011

CHEATING...but bargain cards

Apologies first, my blog is primarily about making cards without purchasing anything special just card and glue, but as I still make lots of cards for other reasons as well and as these cards were made as frugally as possible, I thought I would do a quick post about them.

I supply my niece with batches of cards which she sells in her Pub on the Norfolk Broads. She and her husband work very hard to raise a lot of money for the R.N.L.I, she keeps a basket of cards on the bar which she sells and keeps the profits for her charity. With this in mind I try and make the cards as economical as possible and I soon realised the best sellers were the CAS style (didn't know it was called that then).

I received an emergency text the other day that despite taking a fresh batch last weekend, they had all gone! so I have had to make a quick fresh batch. I make as many male cards for the pub as I do female, so thought I would enter this one into Less is More's Masculine challenge, the whole batch took me half the time that previous entry did, which did turn out to be of a fiasco!! (thank you to the lovely people who left me supportive comments!).

This little guy is from an Inkadinkadoo set and I have coloured him with promarkers, but I wanted a little bit more texture than flat shading so I dotted a couple of different shades over the base layer, then dotted the blender pen to create further detail. I actually think this style of colouring (bit "pointillism" effect) could be achieved with felt pens....will have to try this some other time. The stamping is far from perfect. I love the image but as they are clear stamps I find I don't always achieve the same crisp finish as with rubber. (my excuse and I'm sticking to it....."a bad workman always blames his tools" .....fair comment I think ...gloss over that!).

I used a couple more of the "Humorous Birthday!" set, another Inkadinkadoo Camping set (there are also lots of campers and caravaners on their site) and an image from Earnies 99p stamps (fab little, usable clear stamps, great value)

I also did some other stamping techniques, I stamped the bikes on a scrap of fantasy acetate film, this gives a great 3d effect, again very popular with the lads of all ages, also did some waterclour effects, with the Sheena Douglas Creative Expressions pub (needless to say popular), and some lovely unmounted rubber stamps from Xelacrafts. I have had these for ages and have used them countless times....for some reason the lady is VERY popular. Joking aside I actually think she is gorgeous.... "a bottom to aspire to", good job mine is behind me and I don't have to look at it!! lol....... I know it isn't that shapely!!!!!

Despite typing fast (miracle) my time is running out and I must go to work. If I don't get to visit you and comment I apologise, I wont be back till later and know I wont get much time but I always keep an eye on the wonderful inspiration everyone provides....



mustavcoffee said...

WOW, what a brilliant array of cards and each one worthy of their own post, spectacular:0) xxx

Suze Bain said...

Fabby cards Diane and all for a great cause. Love your work (now a follower). Suze x

jackid said...

Diane what lovely cards you have made I love the biker one I think that's my fav as it caught my eye straight away but they are all fantastic
Jacki xx

Sylvie said...

Wonderful cards
Sylvie x

Chrissie said...

Superb bunch of cards and for a very worthy cause too!
I actually think that people prefer less fussy cards... obviously true if your last batch sold so quickly!
Thanks again!
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

What a splendid array - well done on keeping the pub with such fab cards


Handmade with Love said...

What a wonderful selection of cards and well done on giving the proceeds to charity. Tracey x

Jenny said...

I just love that little monster on the first card Diane, your colouring and speckled effect is ace. They are all wonderful cards and I'm so glad yopu have an outlet for them that benefits a worthy cause too. We come up to Norfolk most years for our hols, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for your cards x

Faith A said...

Wow fabulous assortment of cards, they are really great cards, I can see why you sell so much for a worthy cause.

Mandi said...

Fantastic set of cards Diane
Love them
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Susan said...

WOW, Diane!!! You've been BUSY!!! Love your cards...and how super of you to donate them!!

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