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Monday, 5 August 2013

A card" for the love of film" for my very special son

Good morning all

I have a card to share with you today that I made for my son Tom's 21st birthday a few weeks ago but never got around to sharing. 
 I had a very specific idea of what this card had to be - it had to be especially for him on his very special birthday and had tobe something that I knew he would love,  Whenever I am commissioned to make a card for someone (particularly when it is someone I don't know) I always find out something about the persons interests and make a card that will be special just for them.  Sometimes you're storing up a load of trouble doing that as there have been some pretty odd requests - but I have to say in some ways these have been the cards I've liked the best because of the challenge of getting it just right.

My son has loved film all of his life - from watching films from when he was small to developing a deeper interest, studying the industry for his own pleasure and eventually going on to doing a degree in Film and Media from which he graduated this year.  Some of you may know already that my son Tom is profoundly disabled by Cerebral Palsy so the fact that he achieved this is all the more reason why we are so very proud of him.

Here is the card that I came up with 

I had an idea of what I wanted to do and set about researching for the perfect stamps - I love the scenes that  Make it crafty do and had a feeling that I would find a background  stamp on there that was just perfect  - and sure enough here it is! - Its called  City Corner and is available here.  I coloured it just by using my copics in shades of grey but didn't want it to be to dark - and really like how it turned out.  I really love the dimension of this digi.

The little director guy is another digi I knew I had seen on my travels and set about finding him again.  He is from Simply Betty Stamps and is from the Teen Scene Hollywood collection,
- his name is Action Chris and he is available here

I layered the two digis together in Microsoft word
 (There is a fab tutorial over at Make it crafty showing you how to layer digi stamps - take a look here if you don't know how to do it - Zoe's tutorial makes it incredibly easy)

I coloured up Action Chris to give the scene a splash of colour so it was a good contrast to the grey toned background scene.  Its a big 8x8 inch card and I really just wanted the images to fill the card so I kept my embellies to the edges.  I used red mirri to mount the image and made all my embellies using a memory box swirl die and Nellie Snellen star dies - for a male card it makes it so much easier to know where you are going with embellies - they definitely don't want a frilyl, pretty pearl embellished card!! - the mirri played havoc with my photograph because I'm sure most of you know how hard it is to photograph but it really made the scene pop and embellished the card prefectly.  To finish the film theme the sentiment is fromthe film strip sentiments stamp set from  Rainbow echo at Whimsystamps available here.  
I was so pleased with this card when I had finished as it was exactly what I wanted it to be
 -  and Tom loved it too!

Here he is on his graduation day- a really informal happy photograph of him that is just so "Thomas" - he got a really good 2:1 and is now continuing to a Masters Degree where he will be doing further study and research - into his favourite field of audiences and all sorts of stuff to do with media integration which I really don't profess to understand!

I've got a whole house to myself this week (well apart from my DH who puts in an appearance here and there!)- Toms away on an activity holiday for the week - lots of physical stuff  like zip lines and archery and sailing and my older son Matthew has taken himself of to Moscow - he's definitely on a mission to see the world - he only went yesterday morning and he sent this photograph of him outside of St Basils Cathedral last night

 - my mother (aged 84 also got the photo on her ipad!) thinks technology is such a wonderful thing - I think I  have to agree - isn't the world such a small place these days my worldwide crafty friends! - have a fab week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

The crafters cafe - anything goes
Challenges for everybody - anything goes
Simply Challenge - Heavy on embellishments
Kraftyhands - anything goes
My creative moments - Birthdays
A day for daisies - use something shiny
Milk coffee challenge - show us your colouring skills

Judith x


Carol Willis said...

Wonderful card Judith. The combination of images is perfect.
Caz x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Judith, just came to catch up - fabulous card and Well Done to Thomas on his Degree.
Fabulous photo from Moscow - yes, technology is a wonderful thing.
Enjoy your week!
Avril xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

What a brilliant card Judith I bet Tom really loved it, and a very big Congratulations to Tom on a 2.1, I know you must be the proudest Mum!
Kevin xx

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this is an awesome design. So love the scene you have crafted here. Its perfect for a 21-year old.
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Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Wow Judith an amazing card, its great when it turns out just how you envisage it! Two fabulous pictures of your boys! Your mum sounds more IT with it than my DH!! Susan x

Eret said...

Judith, your card is fabulous! Seems like a perfect card for your son. Awesome job!
Eret x

Debs said...

Brilliant card Judith - bet Tom loved it!!! Fabulous photos too - you must be so proud - and so you should be.
Debs xx

Pat K said...

Amazing card Judith. You did a wonderful job of merging the digi's to created this special scene.
I so enjoyed reading this great post. hugs, xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Such a wonderful uplifting post from you today Judith, it has really cheered my up!
Well done to your son, no wonder you are so proud of him. The card you made for his birthday is wonderful. I love the background scene and fabulous images all coloured so beautifully.
Enjoy your week
hugs Sue xx

Anonymous said...

A brilliant card and lovely pics, thanks for sharing!
Helen x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow what a fabulous card - and so personal.. i bet it is very special to your son!
LIke you i love making personal cards
Lisa x

Janice said...

What a lovely post Judith, I do so love stopping by your blog. Love your son's card, he should get it framed now his birthday is passed. Really well done to him too on gaining his degree. Jx

maureenjscott said...

A fabulous card for a very special son - congratulations and best wishes to him for the future, his story is inspiring! Best of luck in your challenges and Thank you for joining us at the Crafter's Cafe Challenge! mo xxx

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie I love this, fabulous colours and design, and a huge congrats on your sons achievements you must be so proud huggles Pops x x x

Nadja said...

A stunning card for an amazing son of yours!!! I love all the details of the digi stamp and how you brought it to live. Thank you for coloring with us at CCCB.


Joey said...

Judith your card is just fabulous!!!! CONGRATS to your son, such an amazing achievement (I might get there one day) :) Joey xx

Nikbee said...

A fantastic card.

Congratulations to your son.
Nikki x

mags said...

A wonderful card that I am sure your son loved. You must be very proud of him and what he had achieved. Great picture of your other son in Moscow too.

Tammy said...

Fabulous card Judith! I love the scene you've created and the touches of red! Congratulations to your son!!
Hugs, Tammy

kaylou said...

Oh wow this is fabulous love how you merged the images.,
thanks for playing at SBS.
Hugs Kaylou xx

Corinne said...

fab card, love the merged images...
thanks for joining in at SCC

Trish a.k.a stampi said...

oh my gosh how brilliant I love what you have created.. thanks for joining us at SCC outstanding!

Scrap Vamp said...

How FABULOUS! Love it!