Sunday, November 8, 2009

Vintage Boy Christmas Card

(I can't seem to get the color right - either with the point -n- shoot or the DSLR. Oy! I guess that's what happens when you rush around like a chicken with it's head cut off.)

Originally for Chelsea's challenge, this little boy kicked my butt into the night last night. (Procrastinate much, Susan?) I didn't make the deadline, but that's OK. Chels does great sketches, and I'll work on the next one.
 [Edit: I *did* make it! I am doing a happy dance right now!]

Ok, here's the story: One of Matthew's co-workers requested Christmas cards for her teen sons to give their Godparents and a card she can give to her 13 year old Goddaughter. Apparently there aren't enough age-appropriate cards out there, so she thought of me. How cool is this? *Very* cool.

The girl card is going to be easy, but the boy cards present an interesting challenge. Right now I'm enjoying my Prismacolor pencils and stamps, so off I go to find teen boy images... and after loads of searching I really only found 2 that might work out. This "Vintage Boy" card is made with a Ladybug & Friends stamp, and is one possibility for the 16 year old. In the original stamp the boy is holding a bouquet of flowers behind his back (I masked them out).

The other stamp set is from The Greeting Farm, called My Guy Ian. I haven't ordered the set yet since I'm still on the fence and waiting for the lovely Lindsay over at Sassy Studio Designs. I really like her digital stamps, and she's going to try her best to make a boy to add to her Teen Scene series. It would be part of her November 15th Winter Release, and I won't find out until then. I have my fingers crossed!

Anyway, about this particular card:

Papers: Bazzill, Canson Mi-Tiente, Basic Grey and Webster's Pages
Embellishments: Repro vintage garland, grosgrain ribbon, MM Findings, Cricut "snowflake".
Boy: Elisabeth Bell's "For Someone Special" stamp, Prismacolor pencils

Admittedly, I thought the end result was odd, but he has grown on me and I love him now. *wink*



Chelsea said...

Susan, I've been waiting all day for a glimpse at this card. It's one of my favorite from you. This inspire me to challenge myself with a 'boy' theme card. Love how the tree added more dimension on the card. :)Chel

Elise said...

Susan, this card is beautiful! This little guy looks so handsome standing there with his hands tucked into his pockets! :) I love how you've done your tree, and the Merry Christmas plate adds such a nice vintage touch!

Luthien Thye said...

love the look on the boy :) such a beautiful card! but all your cards are beautiful ;) have a creative week!! HUGS!

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Thanks girls! I really appreciate your kind words.

Chelsea, good luck! Your girl cards are quite possibly the *most* beautifully embellished I've seen, so I can't wait to see your take on boys.

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

(Oops, hit enter too soon... need more coffee!)

Elise, isn't he the cutest? I had a really hard time finding a boy stamp that could pass for teenager. Thanks!

Luthien - thank you so much! You are so positive and uplifting to me.:) I hope you have a creative week, too!