Although I've been extremely busy constructing wedding invitations, I wanted to share a masculine birthday card that I recently made for a class that I taught. I love the way this card turned out. The ship is one from a set of six stamps made by Local King Rubber Stamp Company entitled, "Adventure". I stamped the tall ship with Versamark Ink on 40 lb. vellum and then embossed the image with Ranger Tarnished Gold embossing powder. I love the vintage, less shiny look of this particular embossing powder. I burnished the vellum from the back side using a variety of Pergamano tools. By repeatedly rubbing the backs of the sails, the vellum not only turns white and opaque, but also adds a dimensional effect to the parts that are worked in this manner. I added some colour to the hull of the boat using a brown Copic marker. When I was satisfied with the overall effect, I fussy cut the image out and mounted it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue onto a piece of pattern paper that had a watery look to it. Next, I used the wave stamp from the same "Adventure" set of stamps to create two series of waves. They were both stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Tsukineko white embossing powder on blue card stock. After fussy cutting the waves, I mounted one set so that they appeared to be pushing out from the front of the ship and the other so that they seemed to be flowing from the wake of the ship.
I took this picture to show the dimensional effect of the mounted pieces:
I used several layers of kraft, white and a marine blue card stock to mat the focal image. I ran some Stampin' Up Crumb Cake card stock through a wood grain embossing folder to add a panel with some texture to the left side of the Neenah Desert Storm card base. I added some rustic looking jute ribbon, a metal tag and a twine bow for more interest. The sentiment is handwritten with a white Gelly Roll pen.
Until next time,