Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunset Sail


I usually have to cast around to find ideas for a masculine theme for cards. Here’s one that came to me as I searched through seldom-used stamps for ideas to use on the several March birthdays that require a masculine touch. 

Of course, the technique is from Michelle Zindorf – on this one, I used a sponge instead of the brayer to create a color gradient across the card. I also came across a technique on Splitcoast Stampers that incorporates COPICs and colored pencils (2 of my favorite ways to color images) on the same image.





Note: Finished card size is 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”


Bashful Blue (SU!):  5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”

Whisper White (SU!):  4 1/8” x 5 3/8”

Stamper’s Select White (Paper Trey):  4 1/8” x 5 3/8”


Versamark (Tsukineko)

Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Apricot Appeal (SU!) Bashful Blue (SU!)
Pumpkin Pie (SU!) Brilliant Blue (SU!)
Dusty Durango (SU!)  


Medallion (SU!)

On Your Birthday (SU!)

Seagull (CC Rubber Stamps)

Sailboat (PSX)

Sand (CC Rubber Stamps)



Colored Pencils (Prisma Color)

Gamsol and paper stubs

COPIC markers (Imagination International)

Clear embossing powder


Heat Gun


Adhesive Transfer Gun 714 (Scotch)

Rotary trimmer with deckle and straight blades (Fiskars)


Sunset and Sea 

Step 1: Stamp the medallion sun in embossing ink on the left side of the white panel and emboss with clear powder.

Step 2: Sponge the sunset colors starting with the lightest orange color over the upper left 2/3 of the card.  Add the darker orange colors to create a gradual darkening in color as you move away from the sun.  After sponging on the color, you may want to “polish” the sun with a paper towel – this will remove some of the orange color from the embossed image, but still leaves a glow.

Step 3: Sponge the sea using the blue inks, again going from lighter near the sun to darker in the lower right corner of the card.

Step 4: Stamp the sand dots over the sea with the darkest blue color to add a little texture and movement to the water.

Step 5: Stamp the sentiment and the bird in black to the right of the sun.


Step 1: Stamp the sailboat on the heavier white cardstock using the black ink.  My sailboat image also has clouds and water – when I cut the image out, I eliminated the clouds – nothing to “block out” the sun!  I left the water around the boat as part of the image.

Step 2: Color the image with COPICs.  I used these colors:

  • Sails: BG0000
  • Boat: E30, E31, E37

Step 3: Add color shading using the colored pencils, and blend with mineral spirits and a paper stub.  I did all of the color for the water with pencils, but you could easily pick a blue shade of marker to lay the base color for the water.


Step 1: Mount the sunset panel to the front of the card.

Step 2: Add the sailboat, using foam tape for a little bit of dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!



barbara1940 said...

One of the very best masculine cards I've ever seen. Colors are GREAT and workmanship outstanding.

jLynn said...

Love this card Lisa!!
Then again, I love anything with an ocean/sea theme... :)

Lisa Lynne said...

Wow! Thanks for the kind words!

Betty J Schaub said...

Lisa, this is really a beauty! love the background and the seagull and the sail boat are awesome!!!
Thanks Again for the order. If you know of anyone else interested please pass along with catty's and tell them to contact me. Please. Thanks,

a simple offering said...

this is beautiful, the colors and theme and design.

Helen said...

WOW this is so beautiful! You really know how to put the pressure on the rest of us card crafter's!

a simple offering said...

even more beautiful in person! Lee and I both loved it. I feel so lucky to have it come to my house. :) thank you!

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