Sunday, 25 May 2014


Last week our 14 year old son - after 2 years of extremely hard work - became a 2nd Dan black belt at karate. Not only that, he improved his points score by 6 over his 1st Dan grading score, so to say Mum & Dad are proud would be a huge understatement! He owes his success in no small measure to a teacher called Steve, who notices the little things that make a big difference, so this card is to say thanks ("Arigatou" in Japanese, apparently!) to him.

I downloaded the image as an SVG from the internet & cut it on my Sizzix Eclips. The stamp, by American Crafts, was inked up in 3 colours of Hero Arts ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. Although the ink is supposed to be quick drying I've found that if I've got everything ready beforehand, the ink stays wet just long enough to emboss it. The background was created using various masks & stamps in second/third generation inking.

 Stamps: American Crafts 59006 Thanks Lg,
Inspired by Stamping Guitars (background splats)
Inks: Hero Arts Soft Granite, Charcoal, Black
Stencil: Crafter's Workshop Mini Punchinella


  1. I am LOVING this for a CAS guy card!


  2. Huge congratulations to your son, Helen! I know how much training that involves. Your card is perfect! Love the die cut you made. There aren't enough martial art stamps around are there?

  3. Wow that's a fun die you've created and a fabulous LIM card
    Thanks for taking part.
    Less is More

  4. Excusez mon français mais mon anglais n'est pas assez bon pour vous dire comment votre carte est magnifique, très bien pensée et très bien réalisée. Félicitations! C'est un pur délice pour l’œil!

  5. So loving that karate cut out. A fab card. xx

  6. Great card Helen and perfect for your son, Congrats to him!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  7. What a super stylish card - big congratulations to your son!
    Thanks so much for joining LIM this week
    Less is More Designer


  8. Love how you used the dies for this weeks challenge.
    Thanks for joining us at Less Is More
    Jen xx
    fab male card!


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