Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ian!

Our son's birthday was a couple weeks ago. This is the card I made to send to him.  Since he will be going on a fishing/camping trip in a couple months, I thought this image was truly appropriate.  After stamping the image with black Stazon ink onto watercolor paper, I used Distress markers and inks to water color the image.  Distress inks were also used to ink the edges of the die cuts and papers.  I've never tried this technique before and really had fun with it.  I think kraft paper is such an easy way to start a masculine card - especially one with an outdoorsy theme.  I started with a kraft card base for my A2 card and layered up from there.  I used a sketch from The Kraft Journal for the card design.

The matted image was popped up over the layered background.

I included interior decorating on both sides.

I love this definition stamp.  It's so perfect to use in cards for special people - and is definitely true of our son.  The image and mats were cut with Labels Four and Labels Four Small.  The top and bottom were trimmed to make them mimic the brackets in the stamped image. A great way to extend the use of your die cuts is to trim them to other shapes.  I'll be using this technique again.

Sketch:  The Kraft Journal Challenge 160
Cardstock: Recollections, Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper:  MME
Stamps:  Flourishes (In Nature), Stampendous (Birthday Wish)
Ink: Stazon (Jet Black), Distress Inks (Bundled Sage, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Vintage photo, Walnut Stain, Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Barn Door)
Tools/Embellishments: Distress Markers (Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large & Small, Labels Four, Labels Four Small), Staedtler Tri-plus fine tip marker (brown)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

The Kraft Journal Challenge #165 - Inside & Out
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tues Challenge #29 - Use Patterned Paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Birthday
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #315 - All Boy (any masculine card)
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #188 - Color a stamped image
Chocolate, Coffee Cards Challenge #62 - Stripes
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Challenges #7 - Masculine

Thanks for stopping by today. 


Unknown said...

Fabulous Design....thank you for your valued support in entering our challenge, without you we would have no challenge. Good Luck in the draw.....and I do hope you will join us again next week...for another fab challenge....
Suzy B Owner Fan-Tastic Tiuesday

Cindy said...

In one word: Beautiful! Love the digi you have used. I love your card! hank you for joining CC&CC. Hugs, Cindy

Sleepy Stamper said...

Wonderful masculine card! I love the water colored image as well as the inside of the card! Thank you for sharing this with us over at the Kraft Journal.


wienerhoneymooners said...

Oh how serene and lovely this is!! Perfect male card, I love it! Love to see you link up to Paper Crafting Challenges – newer card challenge that has 10 more days to play and this theme is Masculine!! Love to see you there! What an awesome card!

Sharon Caudle said...

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talents with us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon!
hugs, Sharon

Emily Leiphart said...

So pretty, Stephanie! Gorgeous watercolouring. Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday!

Lori Turner said...

Stephanie, what a gorgeous masculine card! I love your watercoloring :) Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxox

Cindy Groh said...

I love this card. It is such a perfect male card. May I post a link to your card on my Manly Monday blog post? It's a post where I showcase masculine cards for my readers. Let me know if you want your card in the Monday post and I'll send you a link to it after it goes live. My email is grohcm at gmail dot com. Send a link with an email so I can find your card again.

suzARTe said...

Stephanie this is a great card perfect for anyone. I am sure your son will love it.

Thanks for sharing your card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating :)

8upscrapin said...

I love your layout , great design and beautiful card .Thanks for joining us at CC&CC for our Stripes challenge. Crystal - DT for CC&C


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