Thursday, 6 May 2021

Be Strong

Hi bloggers!  I started today's card by using a piece of black card and doing the suede techniqe with it.  To do this, you need to break up the fibres in he card by crushing, folding or using a crimper on it. Once the card is very soft, you can split the card and peel it into two pieces, giving the look of suede to it.  Next I used the In A While Crocodile stencil over it and used the Soft Grey Matt chalk polish through the stencil.  I stamped the Zebra stamp, then cut it out with the matching Zebra die.  I used Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass Distress markers to add shading to the zebra.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white vellum, then added it behind he zebra.  I stamped the Zebra one more time and just cut out the outer frame and added it with foam mounting tape then attached it to the background.  The card was completed with white mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4"  x  7 3/4" in size.  All for now. Sue x

50 comments: said...

Morning Sue.
A brilliant technique and card thank you.
Take care stay safe and have fun Kitty.

Steph Cotterill said...

Hi Sue I love the title to your inspiration today, and I know every single one of us have bad to be really strong over the past year. You and Particraft have been the centre of our strength. Today strength is still a massive part of our life going through pain, upset bad health etc we give each other virtual hugs, virtual friends send virtual love, this is why you and Particraft start our day, thanks to covid I can't give mum hugs to support our daughter today, and daddy can't be there to kiss Lottie as she has those horrible tonsils out, all we can say is 'Be Strong' and inspiration like this and being here for us every single day leads us towards the right path. To all that visit today, try and have a good day and love to our virtual friends xxx

NannaShaz said...

Morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
What a great card today and great technique as well love this sentiment it is so apprpriate for everyone.

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Hope you all have a good day and stay safe

NannaShaz54 in MK

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A great card. I love the vellum showing the background behind.
B xx

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, another lovely sample from the Safari range today with this Zebra, nd the wonderful patterned background.

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

Marion Scott said...

Morning Sue, great card featuring the fabulous Zebra and the suede technique . Also love the vellum behind the zebra.
Marion S x

karenlotty said...

Love the sentiment We all need to remember we are stronger than we think But need a little bit of encouragement
Great technique creating the “suede”

Marie P. from Longridge said...

Good Morning Sue and all.
A wonderful card Sue and I do wonder who was the first person to tear the card in this way to create the Suede Technique. Whoever it was "I salute you"
I love the way you have done the background and the Zebra now gets another day in the limelight.
Thank you Sue for being there for us every day.
Marie P.


carol edwards said...

Hello Sue what a wonderful card showing this magnificent zebra. How you have achieved the effect is really clever too. Yes be strong is a wonderful sentiment all of us have needed to been strong over the last year, so thanks Sue for the encouragement to continue. Xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Great card. I love the suede effect.

Barbara V

Crafty Vonnie said...

Good morning Sue,
A truly beautiful card today with your fabulous zebra. Yvonne xx

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
This card is stunning and the sentiment is so apt in these horrible times. Steph I hope Lottie is back with your family soon what a brave little girl.Take care everyone x

djfromkettering said...

Be Strong is a gorgeous sentiment for this
day and age.

Stay safe,

Doreen x

Owlish said...

This is a fantastic card that you have done today loving your inspiration and your colours thank you.
Owlish Xx

Lynda said...

Good morning Sue and all great card the background technique is so unusual but very affective the zebra is so life like fabulous. Lynda Croft X Stay Safe Everyone X

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue this is a stunning card. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Beryl said...

Love the card.

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Love this post and the monochrome is so effective. These are some of my all time favourite stamps/dies.....

BridgetCG said...

Morning Sue, what a fantastic card this morning, the monochromatic colourway is just brilliant, and the suede effect is one that is so different, thanks for the reminder. Take care and stay safe everyone. Bx

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

A brilliant technique. I have never heard of the suede technique before, but understood how it’s possible with your comprehensive description. It suits this card brilliantly.

Love Helen xxx

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue Fabulous card I've not heard of the suede techniquè before but it looks very effective The zebra looks fabulous too
Steph I hope Lotties surgery goes well and she will soon be back home with her family

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
The lovely zebra looks magnificent on his suede background, fabulous card, thank you
Muriel x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Super card today, haven’t heard of the suede technique before but combined with the stencil it makes a wonderful background for the zebra.

Steph hope all goes well for Lottie and she’ll be home from hospital in no time

Love and hugs to everyone

sued99 said...

What a fabulous card. I love the background and the zebra really is the star of the card. X

Handmade by Donna x said...

Hi Sue and everyone what a stunningly fabulous card. Im loving all the different textures and techniques on todays card, it looks so amazing. I think your sentiment may be my mantra for this year.

Steph I hope all goes well with little Little and that you can all hug soon.
Hugs and be strong everyone whatever life throws you today and this year.
Donna xx

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Such a realistic card today and what a good idea to use the suede technique together with an animal image.


Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow! Fabulous zebra and such amazing design with the suede technique!! I have never heard about it, thanks for explain!

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I love this card with your fabulous zebra. The background and use of vellum is inspired.

Steph - fingers crossed for a successful op for Lottie. Do they still give children ice cream to eat when they have had their tonsils out?


ursula said...

Oh I love this, that zebra looks so real, not heard of the technique for suede as you have noted here, must give it a try....thank you Sue...luv Ursula xx

June Horrocks said...

One of my favoric cards sue the zebra is a beautiful card thank you so much love always
Stay safe my friends june horrocks xxxxxxxxx n

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Wonderful card Sue x the suede technique isn't one I have tried before but it looks brilliant x the details on you safari animal's are so intricate x thankyou Sue x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Eunice Astle said...

Awesome card Sue, love the Zebra die!!!

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Scottydog said...

Wow Sue, a lot of work has gone into creating this lovely card, It really is very effective. Thank you Sue for all your inspiration.

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue xx

BenteS said...

Great card, love the zebra:))

Yorkie girl said...

Hi Sue
My these images are so realistic. A beautiful set of stamps all of them
Your sample is perfect to show of these to their best
Please take care my friend
Hugs Theresa G

Betty McAlister said...

A gorgeous card and interesting technique. x

zoemo said...

The backgrounds you have created to go with these animal stamps are truly amazing. They are ‘just’ techniques but look like they were designed specifically for the collection. Your knowledge about what you can do with a piece of card seems endless!

Zoe in Pencoed x

Ann Topp said...

Good Evening Sue. Really lovely card today . Sorry it's late and short. . Trying to get things back to normal in the house. Beautiful Zebra. Thankyou Sue. Sending hugs and best wishes to everyone who needs them today.
Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds.

Valerija said...

This is so wonderful. Love the image and the design.

cr@fty said...

Hi Sue
What a fabulous card! You know I love all your backgrounds and this one is no exception it’s gorgeous.
Hugs x
Heather T

Sandra said...

I like how you broke up the patters of the Zebra’s body and the background pattern by creating a frame around the Zebra. Awesome!

Sandra Smith
Queen Creek

Fikreta said...

So great card!

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
your background is splendid and goes well with the magnificent zebra.

Pawprintx4 said...

The zebra is such a gorgeous die/stamp combo. This is one for the collection. I love the background setting this card off.
Everyone, have a great day,
Stephanie K

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Great looking card! I love your Safari collection.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Véronique L

CCM said...

I have never heard of the suede technique before but I like when I learn something new. This technique looks very effective. Maybe you can make a video in the near future. The zebra looks so real! Beautiful.

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

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Anonymous said...

Super fun card! I love zebras. Judy from Prosser