Good Thursday morning Everyone! I haven’t posted much lately, and I truly don’t know where the time goes. It just flies right on by. Before you know it we will be thinking 4th of July patriotic events, parades and picnics. However, for today’s card I am playing along with three challenges. They all fit in with a card I needed for my doctor who is retiring. I don’t know if he is a fisherman, but this card suggests it might be a good pastime for him.
The first one is Challenge # 218 Whatever the Weather on the Cardz 4 Guys Blog.
The second challenge is a sketch challenge from Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. For this one you can use either the colors or the sketch, but I chose the sketch since I was doing a masculine card, and turned it on its side.
The third challenge is from Stinkin’ Inkers and is “Lovely as a Tree”. The requirement is to use a tree on the card. I used several!
Here is the card I created.
I began with a card base of Blueberry Bushel and ran it through the Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. A strip of Wood Textures DSP was Liquid Glued in the center.
For the art piece, I used the largest Stitched Shapes circle die and cut it from Very Vanilla. Using the Waterfront stamp set, I stamped the water in Pacific Point and Balmy Blue, stamping off once on some of the images and full strength on the rest.
With Smoky Slate and the single ‘land’ stamp, I stamped the shorline, then stamped a second time on an angle to make it more realistic.
Next are the trees, as per the Stinkin’ Inkers Challenge. These were stamped in Mossy Meadow on the right, using the complete tree stamp from Waterfront. Inking only the top half of the stamp, I stamped over the first image to create a forest. Moving to the left side, I repeated, inking only the top of the stamp.
For the sky, I sponged some Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Smoky Slate very lightly. Then I went back over some of the sky with Highland Heather, trying for a sort of stripe effect to look like rain coming down. This was not too successful, but, no matter.
The clouds are actually the exhaust stamp from Geared Up Garage, stamped off once, then rotated and stamped again a couple of times. I think this fulfills the requirements of the Cardz 4 Guys challenge of weather. Fishing is often best when the weather is not the best.
The fisherman was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then colored in his face and hands with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker. His hat was colored with the Crumb Cake marker and his clothes with Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate. I wanted a camouflage look, but you can’t really see that.
This circle was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish, I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to ink the rest of the fishing line on the card front, and Memento Tuxedo Black to ink the sentiment in the lower left corner.
For the inside, I used more of the Wood Textures DSP as a mat, and a panel of Balmy Blue, run through the Big Shot with the second largest Stitched Rectangles Framelits die, for the sentiment. The sentiment, from Colorful Seasons, as is the one on the card front, was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, using my Stamparatus. I wanted the sentiment to be dark, and using the Stamparatus allowed me to stamp it a second time.
The trout is stamped in Smoky slate and left as an outline image.
The Very Vanilla Medium Envelope flap has more of the Wood Textures DSP, and another outlined fisherman on the front, stamped in Smokey slate.
I think this is a nice card for any man, and I hope the newly retired Doctor likes it. I will write a personal note as well.
Thank you for stopping by. Leave comments below, and be sure to check the retiring list in case there is something there that you want to get before it is gone. Just click here to see what will be gone at the end of May.
The new annual catalog will be ready for you to order goodies on June 4. If you do not have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, please let me know.
CARD CUTS: Blueberry Bushel: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack: center strip on front 1-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Balmy Blue: inside liner 4″ x 5″; Very Vanilla: to cut circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ or larger.