Tuesday, 3 January 2012


This challenge started out as a coloured card. However when i finished it l then re-read the challenge post feeling very happy with myself. Guess what for some strange reason l some how didn't see the ‘Shades of grey’ Don't ask a total brain freeze moment.

Anyway all was not lost as i then re thought about what i had done and it was not a complete loss. I thought that i could introduce a quick tip about how the card could be changed,

We all have on our computers/laptops various Design or Card orientated software design programmes. In these programs there is a a way that you can turn coloured images from colour to what we call in the Design/Photographic world as Grey Scale. This means that all the colours have been  converted into various grey tones. So all was not wasted.

Here is a photo of the original card that i had designed. As you can see i have made a few changes, but kept quite loyal to the original one.

All the images and papers used were from a fab cd ‘PRETTY TUFF’ There is so much choice for us men folk so i can highly recommend that if you need one cd for the men in your social circle then this one will cover all situations and events.

Anyway back to the card.

After i had printed everything out i started to place the printed sheets into some order. I did this before i started to cut out. I do this so i know where everything goes and i can stack them in order of being used.
The back ground paper was cut down to size and then using 2 of the spellbinders edgeabilities l decorated one of the edges. To make the background paper more easy on the eye i rounded the opposite corners.
The skateboard strip was cut down to size and then secured into place. The main image was cut out again using a spellbinders nestability. [i think its label set 20 its Sue Wilsons fav one and she uses it a lot. I can understand why as its a great base for a topper or a frame]

The text box was then combined with the ‘Happy Birthday’ text in a card making program and then cut out. The other ribbon that was included in the ‘sketch’ see diagram below:-

I did this by cutting a small strip folding in half and then placing a small strip of glue tape to make it secure i then folded down so that i could then snip into it and when i had secured it into place i could ‘fluff’ it up a little to give some dimension.

So there you have it a card that has shades of grey that was made from an original card that was made in full colour.

I hope that you have maybe gained some insight as to how i constructed the card, also that you can change the colour of an photo to make it ‘Black and White’ or Grey Scale as its know in the trade. Play around with this technique. You will be surprised how it can change a modern  photo and then make it feel old.

I hope you all have enjoyed a great start to 2012 and that the year ahead will be a Great Crafty One for you all.

If you want any further information as to how and what i did please contact me and i will do my best to help you out.

Have a great week.

Kindest regards and best wishes


  1. Great card Alan, such a super cool design!

  2. Stunning card Alan, I actually prefer the 'remake'.
    Love Sheila x


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