Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Someone Special...Dad

Last night was our stamp club’s monthly meeting.  One of the ladies showed us how to create backgrounds using our brayer.  I had played with this technique a little bit before, but she shared some great tips to help get a better look with the brayer.  We had a lot of fun trying different things and seeing what others created.  Today I took my best image and made it into this card.

I brayered the background using yellow, red, blue on the top and blue and azure on the bottom.  I sponged around the edges with black.  Then I stamped this beautiful lighthouse scene called New England Lighthouse from Impression Obsession in black.  I added a few cattails using a stamp from one of my friends.  I layered this on two colors of blue and then a black card base.

For the sentiment I wanted something small that would not take away from the image.  I couldn’t find what I wanted and then I remembered my big stash of “G” stamps – you know, all those clear little $1 sets we have all collected because they were so irresistible.  Sure enough, I found just what I wanted.  I stamped this great little saying on the lighter blue cardstock, cut it out, and used foam tape to pop it to the front. 

This was such a fun card to make and I definitely want to work with this some more.  It is a bit messy so if you decide to try it you might want to wear gloves.  I personally don’t mind a little ink stained on my fingers.  It makes me feel like I really created something – or just had fun making a mess!!  Michelle Zindorf has some amazing cards and tutorials using your brayer here.    

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Impression Obsession Challenge – Let’s Hear It For The Boys (Masculine)
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Father’s Day/For a Male
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C90 – Inspiration Challenge

Creative Inspirations Challenge 61 – Father’s Day or Card for Dad
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge – Card for a Man or Boy
Lexis Creations Challenge #41 – Father’s Day or A Man’s Card
Paper Cutz Challenge #94 – Beach or Travel Theme
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #58 – Inspired By Song (plus a sentiment) – Row, Row, Row Your Boat


Shirley said...

OMGosh!! E., I love the background. You should frame this!! Thanks again for playing and good luck in our challege too!

Karen said...

WOW what an awesome card you have created:-) Thanks so much for playing along this week at Sentimental Sunday's

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous card !! the brayered backgroud in stunning and the imeges and placement are perfect ,, I would remove the sentiment and frame this !! :-) Well done !! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just stunning! I love the colours just fab hun!

Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion & MAWTT good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Lisa Jane said...

what a beautiful background and i love that lighthouse scene .. a fab male card
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is stunning, what a gorjuss card. Thanks for playing along on MAWTT this week Hazelxox

Lisa M. said...

What a stunning card! It reminds me of a glorious sunset! Thank you for being Inspired by Song with us at Sentimental Sundays! Good luck!

♥ Lisa SSDT

HandmadebyTLC said...

Your Bray work is very well blended! Not your first time I'm guessing :) Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sunday's.
Tammy Louise

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Beautiful card, I love the background ;). Thank you for joining us at the Sentimental Sundays ;)

Cheryl said...

oh this is one brilliant background so effective, bless you for playing at creative inspirations this week hugs cherylxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Thought this was an awesome card!!! really impressed me! ;)

DesignerDiva said...

WOW Marie this is really artistic stamping!!
Super super card
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week, hope to see you again
Hugs Laurie x

Sandra said...

Another gorgeous card love the colours used and image looks so lifelike!!........:) Sandra H

Jenny Gropp said...

I am so impressed with your brayering --- it is a stunning eye-catching card! Your colors fade and blend beautifully in the background -- just fantastic!

Silke Ledlow said...

WOWZER GF...this card is AWESOME!!! What a neat image and the brayering with the sponging is fantastic! Thank you for playing the FTTC and the C4C with us! Hugs ~S~

Shannon White said...

Wow! This is soo Gorgeous! love your brayering over your image. What a stunning effect! 8-)


Dianna said...

The coloring on this card is GORGEOUS! Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays!  Hope to see you again soon!

~ Di

Heather Jensen said...

This is just beautiful! How creative you got with this one. Love it! Thanks for playing at FTTC. :)