April CUP Competition Entry, etc

 I’d like to thank all of you who’ve been so kind as to leave comments on some of my previous blog posts.  I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.


The card I’ve got to show you this time is one I entered into the craftsUprint April Card Making Competition which was to make a card on the theme of Father’s Day.  As my father loves horses I decided to make him a card with a horse on, but in the end I just couldn’t decide between an image of a galloping horse or a horse silhouette – so I used both.  The results have now been declared on the site, so I can show you the card now.



(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page

1Fathers Day 02 05b  2Fathers Day 02 07  3Fathers Day 02 08  4Fathers Day 02 09

  1. Horse topper – Stunning Galloping Horse a4 card/topper by Ammie Sanders
    Horse silhouette – Horse Silhouettes – GSD by Kim Paley
    Background – number 10 from Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke
    Greetings panel – bottom one from DAD word Fathers day topper by Kim McKelvie
    I printed the Galloping Horse out twice at under half size – once onto Crafty Bob Craft Paper and once onto Super Smooth white card.  I cut right round, close to the horse, to create a decoupage layer from the one printed onto Crafty Bob paper and tore the edge of the other one just inside the framing border.
    I cut one of the Silhouette Horses from a sheet of co-ordinating Core’dinations card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine.
    I also printed out The DAD toppers twice at a much smaller than A4 size, again onto Crafty Bob paper and Super Smooth white card.
    The background was printed out onto the Super Smooth white card for the main background and onto a cream iridescent, heavyweight, paper for one of the matting layers.
    The base card is an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock, scored and folded in half.
    I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edge of the torn topper layer and around the outside edge of main background of the card.  The background was then attached to the card front using Foto Glue.
    A piece of garden twine, also coloured with same distress ink, was platted, attached to a strip of the same Core’dinations cardstock as the silhouette horse, and stuck as a ribbon down the card-stock around a third of the way from the right hand side.  The same garden twine was also used to make a “lasso rope” embellishment which was stuck to the top right of the card using glue gel.
    The torn and distressed main topper image was stuck to the background printed on cream pearlescent paper using foam tape and the mat was trimmed to leave a border.
    This matted image was then layered onto a piece of the same Core’dinations cardstock as used previously, stuck directly in place with Foto Glue, and trimmed to leave a smaller border.
    This matted and layered image was stuck at a jaunty angle to the left hand side of my card front using double sided foam again.
    I used some gold stencil cream applied lightly over the mane and tail of both the image and the silhouette of the horse to give them a sheen when the finished card is moved in the light.  I then used glue gel to attach the decoupage layer to the main topper.
    I stuck the horse silhouette in place using foam squares, putting a double layer at his back end and a single layer at his head to compensate for the fact that the head was resting on an already raised topper.
    I finished off by cutting out the DAD twice, once on the outer border and once on the inner line.  Foam tape was used to attach the smaller layer to the larger layer, and glue gel was used to attach the whole DAD panel to the silhouette horse.
  2. Closeup of top left corner showing topper with decoupage, torn and distressed edge, matting and layering and background with distressed ink outer.
  3. Closeup of top right hand corner of card showing platted garden twine “ribbon” on a strip of Core’dinations cardstock, together with lasso made from same garden twine.  The twine also having been inked with the same Vintage Photo distress ink to keep it in tone with the rest of the card.
  4. Closeup of bottom right corner showing the silhouette of the horse cut out of Core’dinations cardstock and the DAD greetings panel on top.  These items being attached with foam squares for dimension.

CUP Update:   April Card Making Competition Result –  You can see the competition results and all the other entries by clicking – here.  My card came in 28th.  Have a look at the cards to see if you agree with the final positions.  Which were your favourites?  Clicking on the thumbnail image of the card in the table below the leader board takes you to a larger image of the card and the description of how it was made, and clicking on the “Buy Project” link takes you to the page on CUP where you can buy the main element of the card (or in some places a kit of the whole card).


You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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