Monday 6 August 2012

Sporty Pedal Presents

The wonderful St Lukes Charity Card Challenge has a new challenge for the month of August and very topical it is too: the theme is Sport. Please don't forget that challenge founder Tara works very hard to sell cards to raise money for the St Luke Hospice in Sheffield, so if you wish to send in your entry or any other spares you have, they will be gratefully received. The hospice cares for terminally ill patients and their families, so it really is a worthwhile cause.

Here's my take on this for my Masculine Monday slot today:

I drew 'speed stripes' on a panel with a versamark pen and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder before sponging a quick background.

The sentiment is from Little Princess - oddly enough, I like this simple upper case font for male cards. Can you see the green texture on the background? It's done with the oak tree image from Lovely as a Tree and is intended to be a hint of bushes as the bike whizzes by!

The bike was inked up with Chocolate Chip ink and stamped off a couple of times before 'shuffling' the stamp onto the background. It was then overstamped with Basic Black ink.

What you'll need to make this card:
Stamps: Pedal Presents, Lovely as a Tree, Little Princess
Ink: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Versamark pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool, stamp-a-majig
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I've had a lovely weekend visiting friends in London but am pleased to be back with my family. You'll be glad to hear that my journey back did not feature any trains being bricked up in a tunnel! The children took a tepid interest in my trip at first but when I mentioned that passengers on Virgin train services were being offered free strawberry iced lollies (presumably as an Olympics thing?) they became much more attentive!


  1. Lots of lovely stamping and great techniques, Vicky. Love the colours...such a fab masculine card x

  2. You really do such cool male cards. I have to do one for my brother's 50th so I might need to browse back through your designs for inspiration. The hint of bushes is perfect.

  3. Another great card. I like the way you have made the wheel marks. Free strawberry ice, yum!

  4. Wow, stunning men's card Vicky. Love you sponged background

  5. Great card Vicky and a fabulous card for a male....thank you for your constant support over at St Luke's


  6. Love the speed marks and the double stamping to give that impression of a bike zooming past! Clever lass!

  7. WOW - fabulous "thinking outside the box" card here Vicky. xxx

  8. Fab card Vicky you really achieved a sense of speed, love how the bike is off the edge.
    Val x

  9. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card ... Love the bike off the edge ... Gorgeous card....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  10. This is fab, love the off card image, and the go faster stripes!

  11. I love this card Vicky ! What a very clever way to give the impression of speed-fabby ! :) x

  12. What a brilliant take on our sporting theme - I LOVE the go faster strips! The background stamping is great too.
    Thanks so much for your continued support of my St Luke's Challenge and thanks for going for gold with us this month!

  13. Vroom vroom indead ! How clever are those go faster stripes ! and the placement of the bike is awesome and love where you have placed the sentiment. You are a marvelous source of inspiration ! Glad your train didn't get bricked up and you got a lolly out of your trip !


  14. You've scored another winner! Love the look of this card...from the racing strips to the bike moving off the edge of the card...very clever!!

  15. I love how you've made this scene Vicky, so creative ....just the sort of view Miss Pendleton would see in training :0)
    Bricked up tunnels.... Think I need to read the previous post!!!
    So glad you joined us again this month at St Luke's :0)
    Jenny x

  16. Sorry to be so late commenting on your super sporty bike card! Love the way you've created the impression of movement with the speed lines! An absolutely beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Going for Gold Challenge!

  17. This is fabulous Vicky. I can almost smell the countryside. Love your go faster stripes too.
    I well remember the antics of Thomas the Tank Engine. Had to live and breathe it when young Alan was little.
    Thanks again for your continued support at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx


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