Friday 18 February 2011

Phindy’s #43 - Monochrome Dude

Don't think this has happened before - but I have posted three days in succession! You will all be getting fed up with me at this rate. LOL.  For my DT card for Phindy's Place this week I am using 'Connected Boy', - suitably surrounded by technology with his mobile phone in hand and MP3 blasting into his ears.  All he needs now is an XBox at his side & it would be my son to a 'T'. LOL.

The theme of the Challenge this week is to create a monochrome card or project and as you can see, I went for a symphony of blues for my denim clad teenager. The background paper has been torn rather than cut, but this time rather gently for a tiny ruffled torn edge. Now I hope you all appreciate the time it took to make the holes for my faux stitching as I had to do it by hand. My sewing machine just doesn't like running without thread in it so I didn't even bother to try to persuade it otherwise on this occasion, as the last time I did, it objected & started to throw a hissy-fit. It would have been far quicker to sew the thing properly I am sure, but I wanted the hand-stitched look with the relevant gaps in between and consequently had to stab at my card with my 'pokey' tool & hope! LOL.  The fine-liner provided the necessary 'stitches' rather than go for my needle & thread. Yes, I guess I am just as stubborn as my sewing machine, before you say it! LOL.

I coloured my image with Promarkers and then added another row of 'stitches' to the edge. The 'Dude' ticket is one from a selection at and was inked, like various other layers of my card, with Denim Distress Ink. I used the same ink to colour my twine too- guess what colour my hands were when I had finished.....LOL.  I cut a couple of blue tabs & inked them up too before adding an eyelet to each one & knotting the twine through, for what I hoped would pass as a rather 'male' embellishment. I then cut a couple of triangular shapes for the image's corners, making one into more of a photo corner by cutting slits into it.

I have used the lovely sketch over at Sketch Saturday, though have shifted things just a tad as my image size & shape dictated - eg, moving the image over a little and popping the 'sentiment' at the other side, so I hope I will be forgiven. :)

Think that is all for today, other than to say that I hope you like my card and that the other girls on the DT & myself have inspired you all to play along with us this week for our monochrome challenge. Don't forget, if you use one of Phindy's images for our challenge you can enter your card/project twice to double your chance of winning. We look forward to seeing your entries.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card for are:
Sketch Saturday - design layout
Tip Top - stitched up (real or faux)
Creative Craft - for a teen
Incy Wincy - 2 different mediums (in this instance, Promarkers & Distress Ink)
Stamping Royalty - mark it up!
Creative Inspirations - distress
Simon Says Stamp - make your own embellishments
Paper Sundaes - choose your own topping (#46 -adorn those corners & #42 -for the boys)
Challenge Up Your Life - monochrome
Stamping for the Weekend - monochrome.


  1. Love this card Christine, am always on the look out for boy themed card inspiration and this one definatley hits the spot :) The image is fab and love how you have coloured him in and all your added elements are just perfect :) xx

  2. Fabulous card, love the boy image.

  3. Gorgeous card Christine I do love this image from Phindy and your colouring is spot on. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

  4. You do so well with these boy images, and isn't this one so like a Mo image?? I like the blue scheme you chose, such a happy color. :-) (unlike brown. lol)
    Your dude ticket is perfect!

  5. This is a great boys card. a fab image. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  6. This is a great 'boy' card. Love the masculine embellies you used. Great coloring as always!

  7. Wow what a cool card with this wonderful coloured boy!
    xxx Anne-Marije

  8. Great creation!

    Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)



  9. wonderful card, lovely coloring.
    Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week.
    Hugs, Bente

  10. Wow, lady, you can color! This is fabulous!

  11. Great faux stitching and distressing! love that image and layout!! Thanks for getting distressed with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck !

  12. Great creation, I love the shades of blue and such a Kool image, thanks so much for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations, I have a little candy on my blog if you'd like to enter

  13. Great colouring, the image is cool. Suits your colours and layout well. thanks for joining in with Stampin Royalty this week

  14. Fabulous card Christine, love your colours and the lovely colouring of that great image. Your embellishments are perfect for a 'boy' card.

    So glad you could join us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge,
    Heather xx

  15. Excellent monochromatic card, and a great card for a male.
    thanks for playing in the SFTW challenge.

  16. oh wow Tine how neat is your tearing I wouldnt have known if you hadnt told me, I love this brilliant teen image and its perfect for your monochrome feel
    Mina xxx

  17. Gorgeous card great for a teen!!thanks for joining us at Creative inspirations this time hope to see you again next time too

  18. Great card thanks for joining us at the Incy Wincy Challenge
    Jenny x

  19. He's so cool, in fact it's the coolest male teen card I've seen. Thanks for entering the challenge at crative inspirations.

  20. Tine this is fab, I do love this image and your card is just great, love the Dude ticket and all the paper pricked dots and the lot! Brilliant!

    xPS Have you tried top threading your machine as far as the take up lever to con it?

  21. Wow, this card is really adorable! Well done :)
    Thanks for playing with us at Challenge up your life!