This card is for my nephew’s 25th birthday – where on earth did the years go? It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since he was a toddler, sitting in the bath making up silly songs! Anyway it’s based on the sketch at Case This Sketch, albeit changed around a little bit to accommodate the partial die cutting I did for the greeting. This turned out to be way trickier than I thought it would be & involved lots of extra cutting with craft knife & scissors. A bit of patterned paper & a Kaisercraft stamped image coloured with Promarkers finishes it off.
This one layer card was inspired by a stunning project by Jennifer Mullens in this month’s Craft Stamper magazine, and although I’ve not managed to achieve the 3D effect that she has I’m still happy with the result. I’m entering this into the Things with Wings
challenge over at Stamping Sensations.
The butterflies (Hero Arts) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black first, then masked. I then stamped the leaves (Imagination Crafts) and used masking fluid to cover them. I masked off the entire top half of the card then stamped the woodgrain effect (Kaisercraft) in Distress Black Soot, but using the third generation of ink to mute the effect. I then very lightly sponged more Black Soot at the top of the “wood panel”. The greeting (Papertrey Ink) was stamped in Memento.
I had intended to make this card monochrome but the masking fluid had discoloured the card, presumably because it isn’t watercolour card but card by Limetree Crafts intended for alcohol ink markers. So I ended up watercolouring the leaves & butterflies but tried to keep the colours muted, in keeping with the occasion.
Cards for my nephews’ birthdays all tend to revolve around cricket, and this one is no exception. I don’t have very many cricket stamps, though, so I decided it was time I became more inventive with the ones I have got.
The main image was a test of my new Woodware stamp positioner to stamp 4 times without re-inking the stamp in between, therefore using the second, third & fourth generation ink.
The background was created using a mix of background stamps & masks with several generations of ink. It turned out more grungy than I’d intended but I was still quite happy with it.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Woodware FRCL069, Kaisercraft, Inspired by Stamping.