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”
|Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)|
|Apricot Appeal (SU!)||Bashful Blue (SU!)|
|Pumpkin Pie (SU!)||Brilliant Blue (SU!)|
|Dusty Durango (SU!)|
On Your Birthday (SU!)
Seagull (CC Rubber Stamps)
|Sand (CC Rubber Stamps)|| |
Colored Pencils (Prisma Color)
Gamsol and paper stubs
COPIC markers (Imagination International)
Clear embossing powder
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.
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