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!