Monday, 21 March 2011

Coming of age

The challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week is special birthday so I have done this with my stepson Sean who will be turning 18 very soon in mind.  If there is any one thing any self-respecting teenage lad who comes of age will be thinking about that is drinking beer (legally!) so I have used Victoria Case's 'Heidi' digi stamp as I felt it was just perfect for the occasion.

Cards for men are always so difficult I think.  You can't have any gems, flowers, glitter or anything blingy at all really!  Any inspiration you find is boats, cars, fishing, computers, football or beer.  With it being for an 18th birthday and 18 being the age you can legally drink in the UK, beer was the obvious choice.  A nice buxom young barmaid holding two glasses of beer pretty much has to fit the bill for an 18 year old lad really!  I have coloured with promarkers and mastered the art of colouring dark to light which was a bit of a mindshock but I think I managed it.  I used Meesh's tutorial as it actually uses the image I was planning to use.  I cut the image to size and trimmed the corners with my corner cutter and backed onto some paper I had made previously with some of Tim Holtz's Adirondack Color Washes as the colours matched the image.  Then I had a bit of a brain freeze and couldn't think what to do with it!

So, I consulted the man in my life, Sean's Dad!  He came up with the idea of a beer glass shaped card and I just looked at him horrified at first, then the idea grew and I sketched a template and this is what I came up with.The 'glass' is coloured using the same colours as the beer glasses on the image and accentuated with a white highlighter to make the glass look a bit more realistic.

I'd like to enter this in following challenges:

Magical Monday Challenge - Use a shaped card
One Stitch At A Time - Something for the boys


  1. Fab card. Love the shape :-) And your colouring is fab!!! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  2. Fabulous! Your OH had just the right idea with the shape it's perfect for the theme. And that image ... I am sure Sean will love it.

  3. Love this image! I will have to go look it up. Great job with the coloring!

  4. Fabulous card for an eighteenth! Love the shape.

  5. Brilliant card, bet Sean loves it. xx

  6. WOW, You've done a great job, Sarah! Really glad my tute helped you, it looks almost the same! Love the beer glass shaped card too :)

    Hugs, Meesh. xx

  7. what a great card for a coming of age love the image my son would have loved it for his 18th
    gill x

  8. Just fab!
    I love how you made a pint glass to match the image! Clever cookie!
    Hugs Melly xxx

  9. Beer and Girls!! What more could any 18 year old boy want? LOL Great card,your colouring is fantastic :)
    Fiona x

  10. Super card Sarah! Almost as good as the real thing! LOL!

  11. Great card!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week.

  12. WOW this is super for a Guy, Thanks for playing along on OSAAT this week Hazelxoxo

  13. Love it, thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT.

    Hugs, Marjo

  14. Aww love this.. any man would he he :) Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week and good luck xx

  15. What a great idea for a man's card! I just love it!
    Hugs, Iulia- new follower:)