Flying about in the fairy zone at the moment.
stamps: Zinnia by Crafter’s Companion
I didn’t make this card for anyone in particular, just felt the desperate need to create something ‘girly’ to re-balance the air after all the multiple makings of ‘boys stuff’.
stamps: High Spirits 4047K by Penny Black; For You from Cameo Ovations set by Fiskars
I am trying to make a concerted effort to use up some of my patterned papers. I thought this appropriately named “All Boy” Wild Asparagus paper by My Mind’s Eye, would make a great background for some baby boy cards.
stamps: Bringing Baby set by Stamp’in Up; wording from The Stork has Arrived set by Fiskars
stamps: Jack-in-the-Box D2503 by PSX; Welcome 3429C by Penny Black
A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.
stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous
dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix
1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.
2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.
3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.
4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.
5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.
6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).
7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.
8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.
9. Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.
While I was hunting through my ‘stash’ looking for suitable cards for male birthdays, I found these 3 cards I did a few years ago using the same two stamps – Traditional Camera 4747D and wording siset083 from Stamp-it. I didn’t end up using them this time, but am sure I will at some point in the future as they are good for a wide age range.
This one has a pocket behind the main design, which a bookmark slides into.
There have been a spate of male birthdays in our family recently and they are always more challenging to design for, especially teenagers.
Joey 2565E and Bold Birthday 3203D by Stamp-it
Your Way… 40-130 by Penny Black
all stamps by Stamp-it
A card for our grandson’s 3rd birthday – he is mad about dinosaurs!
Dinosaur Birthday 4006E from Stamp-it
This is a card I made for John’s birthday last week. We both love the beach and try to take our dog Bo down most mornings for a long walk and swim.
Beach Chair #90015 from Stamps Happen, stamped in black Archival ink and coloured with pencils and chalks.
Leighton Dog Beach, Western Australia
I was brought up in West Africa and can always remember being in awe of the mammies carrying such heavy loads on their heads. They made it look so effortless with their erect posture and perfect balance. I used to try and emulate them by walking about the house balancing books on my head.
stamp: Market Day 1089J by Embossing Arts Co.
inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Rust, Pine needles & Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays
papers: White Matt Card; Pinecone & Raven Bazzill Cards, Gold Foil Board
accessories: Small Oak Tree by Memory Box; Harvest Pot Pourri, Colour Pencils
adhesives: Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount
alternative version made using Batik technique
stamps: Zulu Lady 400E by My Stamps; Clay Pots 1972E by Stamp-it
inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Walnut Stain Distress Pads
papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Honeycomb & Pinecone Bazzill Cards
accessories: Frosted Shrink Plastic; Gold Beads; Gold Fab Foil; Colour Pencils; Clear Embossing Powder; Gold Thread; Metallic Chalks; dried grass
adhesives: Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; magic Mount
tools: Heatgun; Tiny Hole Punch; Sponge Blocks; Sander