Sunday, 4 October 2009

Digital-Ink Co Blog Hop Challenge

x two THREE!

Digital-Ink Co are having a "Falloween Blog Hop" lasting until 8th October. There's loads of chances to win the main prize and some of those chances involve 'mini' challenge's issued by a few of the DT. I've taken the opportunity of entering some *LOL*.

Jules Junk's challenge was a pop-up card and Sew Many Cards has given a sketch so ... I've combined the 2 and made a card for our eldest grandson's 18th birthday. Yep, he's a Halloween baby. I can remember the day of his birth like yesterday and the look on my 18 year old son's face when he carried him to me from the operating theatre (C-section birth). A complete joy! Anyway, back to the card!

(UPDATE: I've chanced my luck, been really cheeky and entered it for a 3rd challenge on the Digital-Ink Co blog hop ... Beary Dust Stamps! Chanced my luck because the challenge was to make a birthday card for Judy, one of the blog contributors - I think, but could be Sue, the blog owner .... I'm confused *grin* - and she's not my grandson ... or 18 - *LOL*!)

This card is full of firsts again. It's the first time I've used a digital image (I won't call these images stamps 'cos they're not *LOL*). It's the first time I've done an 'out-of-the-box' successfully using a nestie. It's the first pop-up card I've ever attempted (hence mistakes made and bodges done to make it work as near as possible to the way it should) and ... it's the first time I've used the PC for my greeting and 'other stuff'

The requirement for both challenges was to use an Halloween image from Digital-Ink.Co, either one of the freebies given at the start of the hop or one purchased from their store. I chose to purchase one but at 50% off of all images for the month of October it wasn't an huge expense (or hardship) to find one ideally suited for my needs! I could just see Halloween Pumpkin doing the jump of joy in celebration of grandson's coming of age. He's been resized and mirrored to ring the changes throughout the card.

I've used SU's Pumpkin Pie DP, bronze backing paper to matt, nesties and golden brown ink for sponging edges (with a bit of orange thrown in for good measure).

The greeting, the age numbers and his name have all been computer generated and printed onto card. The greeting has been sponged, matted and layered. The age number and name letters have been coloured with prismas, blended with Zest-It, cut out and stuck on. The pumpkin images have also been coloured with prismas and blended with Zest-It. Looking at the sketch again, I'm not sure I've got it exactly right but hope it's close enough!

For any of our non-UK friends .... The 18th birthday is a 'special' birthday in the UK. It is the age that our youngsters officially become adults and when they legally take full responsibility for their own lives - at least, that's the idea *LOL* They are free to do whatever they want without needing parental consent. That includes getting married, drinking alcohol (not that they ever need parental consent for that but it's illegal before the age of 18) and dying for their country! Oh ... and they get the right to vote in Parliamentary and local Government elections. Most celebrate their 18th birthdays with a big celebration and it's usually a party. It is also a time for big presents *LOL*



Jak Heath said...

It made me smile Pam, I'm sure he'll love it,
I love the pop up inside.

Sue said...

Beautiful Card Pam! Such a cute litte Pumpkin

Anonymous said...

WOW Pam, a fantastic card and fantastic colouring........I love it and your Grandson will be thrilled with it too, the image is just so right for his halloween birthday.

Jackie p xx

Jackie said...

wow mrs... look at you... no stopping you now !! I think this card if totally awesome, fabby, brill etc etc... and you have every right to be thrilled with it... love it Pam,well done you. (Judy is the show owner lol) Sue is the designer of Beary stamps. :)

Jules said...

I saw this earlier Pam, when you linked it. I'm still sooo impressed! you've done a great job of it :D
Thanks so much for doing my challenge, you made my day :o)

Only By His Grace said...

Super job Pam. Love the way you did the inside as well.

Judy said...

Wow.. You can't tell by me this is our first "Pop - Up" Card!! Super job, and thank you so much for entering our blog hop

Sarah (UKS Smelly) said...

What a beautiful Card, well done