Friday, September 21, 2012


This week's challenge, set by Delys, at Just Add Ink is to make a card or other papercraft project with a child in mind.

This was a very timely challenge for me, because my youngest, Ethan, turned 12 just yesterday.  Even though my second lovely young man is growing up far too quickly for his Mum's liking, I'm sure he won't mind me focussing on him for my "kid's" card this week. 

Stampin' Up!'s Clockworks stamp set is a new favourite of mine - it's helping me get over losing Extreme Elements, that retired when our new catalogue came out a few weeks ago.  It is a great set to use to create backgrounds, which is how I used it on Ethan's card - randomly stamping four of the images on Naturals White card, using Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, and Sahara Sand inks.  I spritzed the background panel with Sahara Sand marker, and my Color Spritzer tool, before embossing the piece of card using my new Argyle embossing folder.

To create the sparkly balloon, I inked up the solid balloon (from Up, Up & Away) in Baja Breeze, "rock and rolled" the stamp in Island Indigo ink, and added Basic Gray stripes.  After cutting around the balloon, I pressed it (ink side down) into my Versamark inkpad, and applied and heat-set Iridiscent Ice embossing powder.  I love the subtle, not-too-girly result!

Stamps: Clockworks, Memorable Moments, Up Up & Away
Card: Naturals White, Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Vellum cardstock
Ink: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand and Basic Gray stampin' pads, Sahara Sand marker, Versamark inkpad
Other: Argyle embossing folder, Tasteful Trim XL Bigz die, In Color Printed Designer Brads, Labels Collection Framelits, sponge dauber, Island Indigo baker's twine, Iridescent Ice embossing folder, paper snips, Color Spritzer tool, mini glue dots, stampin' dimensionals
The rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team have come up with some fantastic kids' cards - be sure to check them out!  We hope you'll join us with your own creation this week.


  1. Ohhh love love love this it is gorgeous, love the vellum and that gorgeous balloon x

  2. Happy Birthday for yesterday Ethan!
    Love the card Christine, the mixture of colours and the embossing looks fab.

  3. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on that Clockworks set. You've made a fantastic kids card that would also work for older males.

  4. I love how you've been able incorporate glitter on this card and it still looks so masculine!

  5. I love everything about this card Christine. The gorgeous shades of blue and textured layers make a lovely combination. I bet Ethan loved it! xxx

  6. Ooh fabulous to see how you combined so much new stuff Christine. Loving all the texture! It's a perfect card for a boy who's growing into an adult (too fast probably from your point of view. xxx

  7. I love the embossed background you've created Christine and the sparkly balloon is wonderful.

  8. Another fantastic male card, Christine - you really are a star at creating masculine masterpieces! Love your choice of colours, images & that subtle vellum overlay. Hugs :)