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Saturday, March 14, 2009

King for a Day



I have been missing the House Mouse Challenge and all the talented participants so I’ve finally mustered up some mojo to design a card for a man as requested for this week’s House Mouse Challenge. Please use this link to visit the House Mouse Challenge and take a look at the design team's beautiful, as always, cards. For this challenge, my first thought was “metal” and so I cut a panel of aluminum from a soda can, and ran it through an embossing folder. But that wasn’t good enough -- so I tapped on some ink, dusted it with embossing powder and heat set it. This created a very nice flat piece of “metal” which sat on my work table in the laundry room for several days while I was thinking.

Yesterday as I was playing Gin Rummy with my dh, the rest of the idea developed. I made a stair step card and recycled my dh’s playing cards, used the metal piece for the backdrop, and put house mouse characters frolicking about as you can see here. This design evolved through an inordinate amount of time (but I did get my laundry done in between) and this design can be replicated to make a very nice Father’s Day card, Happy Birthday, or just “have a great day” card for a man. Use Queens, hmmmm, for a “Queen for a Day” card perhaps? As for my use? I guess I’ll give it to my dh (along with a new deck of cards) as the winner of the Gin Rummy tournament at our house.
Here is what it looks like folded:

13 comments:

scrapperjulia said...

What a fun card and a great idea! Love the little mouse head on the king! Great job with the challenge!

Sue from Oregon said...

oh so funny...lots to look at on this card...but I especially LOVE the mouse head card...perfect touch!

ant me. said...

This card is truly a work of art!! : ) I love how you replaced the king's face with a mouse LOL and your idea of the embossed pop can is just amazing! : ) Thank you for sharing your great card : )

Patti

The Mama Monkey said...

What a great story and an even better card!! Too creative! Love it!

Carmen O. said...

OMG how clever! I love this card and it is such a great work of art. Gosh I need to try making one of those cards. Our family plays cards a lot so it'd be a great father's day card for my dad.

Lorraine A said...

what a fabulous card !!! this is so cute, love the King mouse ha ha
Lorraine

Rica said...

Fabulous fun card Martha. Love all the little 'mousies' - especially the one on the 'King's Head'. Stunning idea.
hugs Heather xx

Sarah Shew said...

Way cute!

Els G. said...

You sure know how to make a 'come back', lol! This is truly an ingenious idea. I bet your husband adores it (together with his new playing cards)!
Nice to see you around again too, I really missed you. And thank you for your kind comments!
Els
x

Marilynn said...

Mary would love this card since she is such a card herself. Very creative.

Dru said...

Very creative and unique - great card. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting

Sassy Crafts said...

Wow wow and wow, what a fabulous card. Wonderful. x

America said...

WOW- this is extremely adorable and super creative. Great work!! TFS