Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Happy Birthday Card

Popping in for a quick post on a very simple birthday card I made my dad.  This card is one of those quick, man cards- no fru fru on this card at all.  Here's the details:

  • I used my Darkroom Door Trees stamp and a mask to get the trees to overlap.  This was a bit tricky as the thin mask still left a white ridge- I mistakenly stamped the foreground image first.  I used Peeled Paint and Walnut Ink Distress Ink for the foreground tree.  The background tree was Shabby Shutters and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Out came the water pen and I blended very small amounts of all three colors.  Take a close look- the perspective is a little wonky as the foreground tree "looks" to be farther away ("higher" on the card) and the background tree is more blurry- created with the water pen.
  • After stamping the trees, I used the water pen to color in some grass with both Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress ink using Faded Jeans Distress Ink for the sky.  
  • After letting the card dry I realized why you use watercolor paper- my plain white cardstock was warped.  I had the iron out for some housework so I simply placed the card face down on a towl and ironed the card- boom! one flat card at your service!  
  • Finally, I stamped the sentiment in brown Archival Ink  and away we go....
My dad doesn't really want to be in the spotlight so he's happy to shrug happily and thank me for the gift card to golf.  Still, I think he secretly is pleased when I spend a little time on his stuff.  Too much a man to say much about it though. :)


Thank you so much for your kind words. Isn't it fun to encourage one another, even from a distance?