Friday, 5 March 2021

Hope Your Birthday Is Unforgettable!

 Hello there my crafty friends!  I wanted to share a technique that I did here, but it has been ages since the last time I did it!  I started with a piece of black card for my background.  The technique is called Faux Suede and all you need to do for this is to break down the fibers in the card first.  This can be done by running the card through a crimper several times or folding it randomly then using your thumbnail to continue to break down the fibers by rubbing the card.  Once the fibers have been broken down sufficiently, you will be able to split the card in half by peeling a layer away.  If you look at the close ups of the background, it has the texture of a piece of suede leather.  Once I separated the layers, I tore around the edge to give it an even more distressed look .  I cut Sam Poole's Cheesecloth die out of Ranger glassine paper and glued it to the background.  I used her Rustic Honeycomb die cut from white card and glued it to the card.  Next I stamped and cut out the Elephant die and used Distress markers to colour it.  I added the elephant with mounting foam to the centre of the card.  I stamped the sentiment from the clear Safari Tags stamp set and cut it out with the Safari Tags die set.  I added it to the background with mounting foam.  The card was completed with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2"  x  9"  in size.  All for now, Sue x

46 comments: said...

Morning Sue.
A lovely card quite masculine,and great dies from Sam too.
Take care stay safe and have fun Kitty.

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, wow what a great technique and how beautiful the sample is, the black looks amazing as the backdrop for the animals.

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

BridgetCG said...

Good Morning Sue, this is a fabulous technique and one I had forgotten about. Love the card, really good for men. Take care and stay safe everyone. Bx

Steph Cotterill said...

Oh my word Sue. This is powerful, strong, has meaning and hits my heart at 100mph.

The shading alone all dark and grey makes him look like he wants to beg for safety, to be kept safe from trophy hunters and the cruel world of humans loving ivory. Although your Inspiration is amazing it tells a story, its a stunning piece of work but makes me sad.
Sorry if I've bought you down with me, I write what I see - beauty in crisis.
Trish, sorry you're surgery left you feeling down and in pain, I wish we could all just hug each other, a big strong hug xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, this is a magnificent card. I had almost forgotten about the suede technique. It is very lifelike and the dies are brilliant too.

Barbara V

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I love it when you remind us of the techniques you’ve done previously! Today’s card is lovely!
Hugs x
Heather T

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
An interesting technique.
B xx

Marie P. from Longridge. said...

Good Morning Sue and all.
What a gorgeous card this is. I'm not even tempted to try the wonderful technique you have used but if I were thirty or forty years younger and with great sight I may well have had a go.
The Elephant is so lovely and I can't find words for that wonderful background. I've never heard the name of that card before either. Glassine?
Thank you so much Sue for sharing.
Hugs to all that need them.
Marie P.


Ann Topp said...

Good Morning Sue. Omg. What a fabulous start to my morning. This is beautiful. I absolutely love what you have done here. This looks like it should be hung somewhere for everyone to look at. A true man card if ever there was one. Thankyou Sue. Sending hugs and best wishes to everyone who needs them today.


Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds.

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
This is a strong statement card it certainly stands out, the trouble is my mind is too regimented to attempt this I wish I could.Take care everyone x

Marion Scott said...

Hello Sue, what a fabulous card for the men, a great technique for the backdrop to your wonderful elephant. I have never done the faux suede technique but have done the faux leather. Sam’s dies work perfectly too.
Marion S x

carol edwards said...

Hello Sue, a wonderful card showing a powerful animal who is so beautiful and needs protection. Great card to show off the suede technique and Sam's dies are perfect match to. Xx

karenlotty said...

Very different from your usual style but I love it Fabulous technique Does it only work with black card I wonder...?

Owlish said...

This is a great technique to remember when needed always great to have options, this a great card.
Owlish Xx

zoemo said...

Love this background, your knowledge of what can be done with a piece of card is limitless! Quite different from your usual but fabulous nonetheless. Great dies from Sam too.

Zoe in Pencoed x

freedomlass said...

Good Morning all, what a fab card and love the layout, I have never tried the faux background something I'll have to add to my to do list of techniques.

Have a great day and stay safe.

LesleyT LincsUK

Crafty Vonnie said...

Good morning Sue,
A fabulous card that my Daughter would love as she just loves elephants & I forgot about the technique so thank you for reminding me about it. Going to make this card this afternoon to hopefully do it justice. Yvonne xx

Lisbeth said...

Morning Sue. Wow, this card is so different to your usual style, but it is great to have some inspiration to make cards for those difficult men. Love how the sentiment is so appropriate for an elephant.


Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

Love your elephant on this card.

Love Helen xxx

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sue for sharing this technique. I had heard of faux leather but never suede. Beautiful card with this unusual background. WakeyL

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
A very masculine feel to your card, the elephant was my favourite of your safari animals

Love and hugs to everyone

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a brilliant card and to my mind it is most definitely for the pesky males in our lives. Clever technique with the black card that I had forgotten about so I am glad that you remember and remind us :-)


Lynne L said...

Hi Sue What an amazing card a very different look I have never heard of the faux suede technique but it looks great I love the elephant die

Handmade by Donna x said...

Hi Sue and everyone, wow I love todays card and all the textures involved. I've never heard of this technique before, faux suede, but I'm loving it. Am I the only one ?I haven't heard of the faux leather technique either. But I shall be using this one in the future I think 🤔
Back to the card though lol, its just fab and the sentiment is perfect thank you Sue.
Hugs to anyone who needs one today Donna xx

dj from kettering said...

Love this card, likesome of the others, I'd forgotten
this technique. The elephant is so majestic.

Stay safe,

Doreen x

Jackie T said...

Hi Sue this is a stunning card. I love all the textures you have added to your card. The elephant is stunning. Have a good weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Pawprintx4 said...

I have not heard of this technique so a new learning experience for me this morning. I think this card is super cute.
Have a good Friday and hope everyone has something fun coming up over the weekend.
Stephanie K

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Great post and love its different from your usual style....

CraftyJo said...


Susan Battensby said...

Thank you for the instructions for this technique, I've not seen this before but it looks great.
Your card is lovely and I love it when you do your grunge ones. I also need to get that lovely die too,
I have so many ideas where I could use it.

Crafty Cruiser said...

Sorry, not for me this one.
Doreen R

Scottydog said...

What a Strong, powerful, masculine card, love all the different textures, completely changes the look. Thank you for reminding us of an old technique which most of us seem to have forgotten about! Thank you for all your inspiration Sue.

Eunice Astle said...

Looks like a very masculine card Sue.

hazel young said...

Fabulous guy card Sue xx

sued99 said...

Love the card with different textures for the background. X

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Fantastic card Sue x the background is brilliant and I can't remember seeing this technique before only faux leather x I like that you have used Sam's dies too to add different textures x your elephant sits so proud on your card , I love it all x thankyou Sue x
Stay safe and keep crafting x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Pauline Austen said...

A really beautiful card. x

ursula said...

Oh so it...luv Ursula xx

Betty McAlister said...

A gorgeous card. Xx

Maria said...

Hi Sue
Like the card a lot but think the elephant look a bit
sad or worried, too many candles on the cake ? Tfs
Maria x

CCM said...

Lovely card with a interesting background that can be used for a male card.

Hugs from Toronto to you all.
Stay safe and healthy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love your new Safari stamps and dies.
Thank you for sharing.
Véronique L

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
This is a stunning card, love it!!

Viki Banaszak said...

This is such a great looking card!

DeCor said...

A Wonderful card. Love the background.

Sandra said...

I love this card! Not only does it work for guy cards but it can work for a girl card too. My daughter used to collect elephant ephemera when she was younger. I would add a bit of a more feminine colored embellishment and a bit of bling and she’d love the card. I’m adding this to my must have list.

Sandra Smith
Queen Creek