Sunday 6 December 2015

a gentleman .....

Hello my friends. I wanted to blog this card for a while but I never got down to it. It is one I made a couple of months back for a man's 60th birthday.

This card was created with Tim Holtz stamps. I did use several sets, anything that took my fancy really. The colours are very autumnal as at the time I was really into all those warm colours and I do think that that palette befits a male card.

I started with an A4 size piece of white card and started inking it with distress inks. I used squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber,carved pumpkin, wild honey. I then flicked water at it and dabbed it with kitchen roll.

Then it was time to start stamping. I used the leaves and same ink pads but added aged mahogany to the mix. I stamped in first and second generation ink. With ground espresso I stamped the glass stains and some other splats. I added some hickory smoke with another small stamp that I love. I finished off with the harlequin pattern that I stamped repeatedly with black archival ink.

I then cut a piece off it and distressed the edges with gathered twigs and walnut stain. I matted it onto black.

Then I turned my attention to the tag. i used a manila tag that I darkened with old paper and antique linen. I then stamped the gentleman in potting soil archival ink and water coloured him in with ground espresso distress ink.

Using same inks as on background I added more interest to tag's background. stamps are mainly from a set of tiny clear polymer stamps. I added a sentiment that I felt was appropriate for this occasion.

I then distressed the edges with gathered twigs and walnut stain. Again I matted onto black and wound some natural twine around it. I also added glossy accents to the watch and glasses.

 I then picked some ephemera stickers and matted them on black too and assembled as shown.

I finished embellishing with some metal cogs. a watch and a penny farthing.  I really hope you like my effort this time. I must say i really enjoyed this inky process, Theresa xx.

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  1. A brilliant design Theresa. And as you say excellent for a man. Loving all the colours. Love it. hugs xx

  2. Beautiful stamping and inking and the way you built up the background is wonderful Theresa, and the tag with the gentleman is great on the top and love the extra bits and pieces you have added. A great masculine card. x

  3. Your card is wonderful. Love the great stamping. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  4. Lovely xxxx so much stamping and blending looks fab x

  5. Wonderful masculine card. Love the image on the tag! Thanks for joining the challenge at DRS Designs.