Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Challenging commission!

As a card maker I sometimes get asked to do some interesting commissions.
Here is a case in point. I have a friend who will be embarking on Cunard's Queen Victoria this week for a cruise to the Med to celebrate her husband's 65th Birthday.
She has suffered from Rheumatoid arthritis for many years and they have a bike, lovingly called Dotty, which they use for many excursions. It has a wheelchair-ish bit at the front for Gill and Rob sits behind and pedals.

She gave me this photo to work with!
I turned it into a pencil type drawing and then adjusted the light so that they didn't have black faces. 
The other things she wanted me to reference on the card were his love of  the double bass, singing and caravanning... quite a collection and it was somewhat of a puzzle to work out how they could be incorporated!
As the line drawing was very different in texture and style from the other images I had to work with, I decided to use this picture as my backdrop.
I created three opening doors behind which I added images of the things important to him... a double bass, our choir's logo and a caravan (rather an older version than the one they have, but I'm sure he won't mind)
The letters and numbers are cut with Cuttlebug Olivia dies and sadly I don't remember where I found the opener dies!
 For the inside of the card I found picture of the Queen Victoria, changed it to black and white and superimposed the sentiment over it!
I'm happy to say that my friend was delighted with my efforts and is looking forward to giving it to him this week!
It was fun to do!
Whaddya think?


  1. This is an amazing card Chrissie - a very creative way of incorporating so many different things.
    Kath x

  2. This is brilliant Chrissie. I've been asked for some random things before like you, e.g. a Brighton themed wedding card. I love the little windows and may borrow your idea in future if you don't mind.

  3. I don't know how you did it but your sure did, Chrissie. There were so many elements to include but it turned out fantastic.

  4. You're not just an extraordinary card artist, Chrissie, you're a technical wizardess! What you did and how you did to personalize this fabulous card has me in awe!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Stunning and so very personal, fabulous card x

  6. What an amazing and loving card. You should be so proud. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Absolutely love how you' ve tackled Avery difficult commission so so well, it's fab! Xxx

  8. Fabulous card Chrissie love the monochrome look. Great fun making such a personalised card I love doing that!
    Val x

  9. What a great idea to use a tool to replicate the photo in such a fab way and the other elements really make it such a special and personal card.

  10. Wow, well done, not an easy one to make was it lol :) Viv xx


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