Essential Worker Chef

Hello friends! I hope that your week is finding you in a good place right now. Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed with things that are going on in the world, but I am so thankful that I have the crafty time to keep my mind creative and music to help alongside to keep on keeping on. This is one way that I know I can express myself in a postitive way and hopefully inspire someone too.

In my previous post, I had made several healthcare worker cards and I had made one for my son who is a mail carrier, but I was having a hard time finding an image for a food service worker. (check out that post HERE.) I asked if anyone knew of any images. Someone had reached out to me and shared a few images that were just too adorable and I couldn’t pass up on nabbing one for my other essential worker son:

Isn’t he just as cute as can be?! I’ve used the LOTV Pancake Day digi stamp for my card. It actually reminds me of my son making crepes for a restaurant that he used to work for. I was treated with a delicious pumpkin pecan cream crepe by him a few years back on my birthday! It was yummy!

As you can see, I’ve altered the image a bit to fit with the current covid-19 restrictions by giving him a make-shift face mask as well as coloring some plastic-style gloves on his hands. To make it even more personal, I decided to give him a couple of colored tattos on his arms as my son has tattos on his arms and dark brown hair.😁

For the card, I’ve used some Sidewalk cardstock from Brutus Monroe and used a Stampin’ Up! brick embossing folder over it and then sponged some distress ink around the edges. It was cut out with a stitched rectangle die. I added a strip of Prism paper and some silver metallic ribbon over it before attaching it to a top folding A2 sized black card base. I finished it off with some silver Glossy Dots from Pink and Main.

I colored the image with Copic markers and as mentioned above added the special coloring for the tattos and gloves for his hands. I’ve also covered the pan with a glitter brush pen.

To make the face mask, I took a Copic liner to draw in the lines for the cord around his ear and then I took a tiny piece of thin tissue style paper that was used between the packages of acetate sheets you buy. I wanted it because it was thin and I was able to create tiny folds and wrinkles in it…I just glued it over the area on his face and manipulated it before it completely dried.

I stamped the sentiment from a Lawn Fawn stamp set with black ink next to the image and then I used a stencil that was cut out by my mom, thanks mom, on her Cricut machine and inked it up with some red ink using a foam brush tool. I wasn’t very accurate with not covering the image, but thankfully the sand eraser helped out! I finished coloring up the “ground” area and sponged around the stitched square cut out of the image. I layered it onto another piece of black cardstock and popped it up over the card with craft foam.

I think this card turned out so cute and it’s on the way to him now! I think he’ll get a kick out of it and he’ll probably notice the extra personalized details I’ve added to it too!😂

I hope you have enjoyed my special essential worker card today and brought you a smile! Thank you so kindly for stopping in and I’ll see you again soon!✌


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31 thoughts on “Essential Worker Chef

  1. This is the cutest personalized card for your son and he will surely treasure it for years to come! I love all the special details you added, and the mask is a cute addition and so appropriate for our world of today. Great job on this one!


  2. What an amazing card for your son! The image is perfect, like the dimension you created on the mask and both brick backgrounds are fabulous! He will treasure this card Vicki!!!


  3. Oh, Vicki, he’s adorable and perfect for a food service worker. The mask is great! How clever to use thin tissue paper to make it. Love the bricks and your sponging. What a truly delightful card. 😀 While I’m here – Thanks so much for playing along at QKR Stampede this month. Good luck.
    NanaConnie DT


  4. Love the awesome details you have added to this precious image!! I know your son is going to love this very special card, Vicki!!


  5. Oh my goodness, Vicki your personal card for your son is so very creative. Love everything about it and the addition of the mask is brilliant! He is going to love it, bet you can’t wait to hear from him when he gets it. AWESOME!



  6. Oh Vicki I think this is so cute I love the pancake coming out of the pan well i’m saying pancake it might not be. I love the sparkle on the pan and the detail on the mask is great well done. I love seeing your cards. I am a postie I deliver post ever day so in the same line of work as your son.


  7. So clever Vicki with his gloves and facemask and right down to his cute tattoo’s, FABulous colouring and I love the brickwall in the background and gis pink one too..AWEsome card.

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  8. So thoughtful and so personal for your Son, including the tattoos…You are one very creative lady Vicki x.


  9. Aww what a cute card Vicki!! I love that little chef and how you personalized it, the mask looks amazing! Your son will love it!
    Hugs, Tammy


  10. A great card, love how you added the details to make it fit the current situation. Thanks for sharing with us at the Paper Funday Challenge!


  11. wow this is absolutely fabulous! thanks for joining our challenge, greetings Petra DT DigiChoosday Challenge


  12. Oh my goodness you just think of everything don’t you?? I would have never thought to put gloves and tattoos but that is a wonderful way to really personalize an image! And your background is fabulous. I’m in a bit of a funk but still enjoy visiting – hopefully some inspiration will get me going.


  13. Great card – love how you’ve adapted the image!

    Thanks for joining us at the Love to Scrap Challenge.

    Helen x


  14. hi Vicki
    such a awesome card! The little cook is cute!
    Thanks for playing along with us this month.
    Regina DT-Member of Paper Funday Challenge


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