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"I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn't weird at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird." -- Paul McCartney









Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN! CARD FOR A MAN ....

I am Proudly South African!
 

and when it comes to challenges where I need to use my country's flag colours I have a beautiful palette to work with :

 
so when I needed to create  a Guest Designer card for the new Crafting by Designs challenge using my flag's colours in a heritage twist in an Anything Goes theme, I used one of my favourite animal digistamps from Digistamps 4 Joy, called Zebra and created this card :

I applied my 'artistic' licence and found the basic shapes of my flag and started colouring in the same sequence as my flag colours, starting in the top left hand corner.  I had no idea where the colours would take me, and totally unplanned was the large area of yellow.  I think that bright sunshine yellow dominating the card represents South Africa's sunshine   - after all, the adjective often used to describe South Africa is 'sunny'.

The layout of my card comes from a sketch at "Let's Scrap" - I think this CAS layout perfectly showcases the image and gives it pride of place on the card.

 The image is Copics/Spectrum Noir/Graphi'It alcohol markers coloured, cut out and mounted on pale printed DP.  I created the round sentiment in MS Word and printed it directly onto the DP.  A black satin ribbon and bow are the only embellishments. 

I think the strong colours and blold image make this a perfect card for a man!

Some heat embossing with clear embossing powder on the eye gives it sparkle:



Does your flag or heritage give you inspiration for a card?  Come along and enter a creation at Crafting by Designs this week - Digistamps 4 Joy is the sponsor of the generous prize, and you may just be the winner!

I would like to add my masculine CAS card to the following challenges:
























luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
Durban
(sunny) SOUTH AFRICA



26 comments:

  1. Oh this is fabulous! What a great idea to use your country's flag as a theme...and how lucky are you with all those colours?!

    Love this stamp and how you've used it. Just beautiful.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble & Scrap Challenge. Good luck!

    From a wet and miserable (just how I like it!) England! :o)
    xx

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  2. What a fabulous make and such a clever idea to use clear embossing powder on the eye. Thank you for joining in the Scribble and Scrap challenge, good luck

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  3. Really different design, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

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  4. Great looking card. Love the image. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Created With Love Challenges
    ~~Chris

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  5. Awesome!!!! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning! Good luck,
    Rene :D

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  6. Awesome! Totally amazing art card!
    hugs,
    JoyceAnn

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  7. Oh my Jen this is stunning. Gosh I wish I had your talent. Love this one.
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Created with love challenges.
    Linda K. DT

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  8. Great card. Love the whole design. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at crafty catz. Naomi x

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  9. Such a fabulous card - love how you used the colors of the South African flag to color the image - very original!

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  10. great card and thanks for sharing with us at crafty catz

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  11. Super cool card! Thank you for joining us for our Clean N Simple Challenge this week at Love to Create.
    Ruza, LTC Designer

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  12. Beautiful card! Thank you for playing along at Card Mania! Good luck! And hope to see you play along in our next challenge on Monday! Ani

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  13. What an amazing image and the way you colored it is stunning! Love it!!! Thank you for coloring along with us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards.

    Nadja

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  14. Wow, this is gorgeous Jen, beautiful vivid colors!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us @ Inspire Me Fridays!
    xx

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  15. Thank you for entering your lovely card for Tammy Scraping Corner 80 'anything goes' challenge, Hazel, Guest Designer x

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  16. Stunning card Jen. Thanks for joining us this week at Love To Create.

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  17. Wow this is such a great card! Thank you for linking up with DTC!

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  18. This is a wonderful creation with great details and its perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  19. This fabulous, you have used the lovely colours beautifully.

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  20. This is such a great card, thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

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  21. I just love this, but then I am biased! You are so right, we do have the best palette to use with our country's colours. A really stunning card. Thanks for sharing at Ooh La La Challenges. Michelle x DT

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  22. What a stunning image with your flag's colours, it really pops! Thank you for playing along with us @ Ooh La La :)

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  23. Had to pop in and say "Brilliant" Thank you for joining us this week over at love to create challenges.
    Amanda LTCDT

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  24. Fabulous, inspired idea.
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges
    xxx

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  25. What a great card, Thank you joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog.

    Stella xx
    TCT DT

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