Monday, August 8, 2011

A Tag, A Fold and a Little Gel Please

I think the DTs are out to make sure they test my metal. Last week the challenge was for Tags and/or Tickets on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. This week it's to use Gel, and I don't mean a gel pen either. We're talking hair gel or the hand sanitizer.  Since I also had a challenge this week to do a less than basic fold, I decided for this card, I'd just do them all. tag, fold and gel.

There is a story behind this card. This is a picture of my cousin Peggy with her Cairn, Charlie. Charlie has an ottoman in the dining room at their house. It sits right in front of the window, so that he can lay and watch the road waiting for Peggy to come home. After enjoying seeing her every day this summer, I'm sure he's on that ottoman looking pretty sad right now, as she returned to Auburn last Friday for her sophomore year of college.

Christy has this delightful image called Kiki that looks a lot like Charlie. Kiki is a freebie image that can be found at the Tiddly Inks Store, but be sure you check out all of the images when you drop in to grab him. I decided to do a scene with Charlie sitting on his ottoman and looking out the window. It was perfect for the gel concept. Now lest you think this is something terribly difficult to do, here's a link to Meredith's Tutorial, that made it not a very difficult challenge at all. I drew the ottoman in and colored it all with Copics.

I printed these digital papers out from a kit by Vicki Stegall Designs called Just Breathe that I found for free at Oscraps. I love this set of papers. I decided that this card needed to be something that would stand up, and since I just learned how to do a center step card, I decided to do another one. It was perfect for displaying the window, that I created with my MTC software. I also created my box for my gel with the software. I used a tag to insert Charlie behind the window.

Finally, I used the MTC software to create the circle word art and then brought it into Photoshop to add the Missing you.   I finished my project off with some pearl embellishments.  I'm going to take this card to Peggy's mom, so she can send a note to Peggy from Charlie. Hopefully it will make her homesick enough that she decides to come home before Thanksgiving. I'm glad she loves school, but she could miss us all a little more.


  1. Shirley this is really supersweet! Love how you colored the image and the design papers are so lovely, I really like the warm colours.


  2. Shirley this is so wonderful. I love the book mark tag, what a great way to extend the card to another purpose. This puppy is so cute, love the colouring.

  3. Shirley, I just love this card. Your ottoman is wonderful and so is that word art!That story is great, I guess Charlie will be taking up his old post!

  4. SO great Shirley!! I'm thrilled you liked my tutorial and I'm so glad it was helpful!!


  5. Adorable card! Thanks for the word art.

  6. Had to come check out your gel card, haven't made one for ages. this turned out so cute and such a cute pix of Peggy and her Charlie :)

  7. Shirely honey both the picture and the finished creation are adorable!! Love them.xx

  8. Cool effect...and cute cards...i took a look around to do some catch up on your artwork! Thanks for stopping by...the instructions for the crocheting is from youtube, they are all over there. I have been Baby sitting for others often so time has been here and there so the crochet is handing for getting some sort of art done throughout the day. Tootsie

  9. Oh my gosh, this breaks my heart! Good idean to put him behind the window with a tag. Gotta check out the gel tutorial.