I used to make masculine cards all the time but have found that I don't make them very often now. I think it's because I'm still trying to find some clear/unmounted masculine stamps that aren't cutesy. I love the cutesy look but I don't think the recipients of my masculine cards would agree! If you know of any manufacturers of realistic, masculine-type images, please let me know in the comments so I can check them out.
Anyway, back to my card. I decided to combine both the inspiration pic and the sketch at Fusion Card Challenge with the ombre theme at Friday Mashup to come up with this card.
The image I watercolored is an old, old PSX stamp. I stamped it on watercolor paper and got some more practice with my Zig Real Brush Pens. I remembered to dry the cardstock before changing colors this time and had less of a bleeding problem.
For the ombre background, I took a sheet of white cardstock and sponged on Pool Party, Island Indigo and Night of Navy ink. And yes, I did rub too hard and bent the cardstock - right where you can see it! Embrace the imperfections, I keep telling myself :)
I die-cut the fishtail flag out of the card base and adhered it to a black layer before sticking it back on the cardbase. This way the ombre look flows through both the base and the banner.
A metal embellishment I've had for at least 10 years finishes off the card.
Thanks for visiting. The rest of the design team have some wonderful projects for you and welcome to the three new members, Amy, Lisa and Jodi.
Stamps: G2891 (PSX)
Ink: Archival Black (Ranger), Pool Party, Island Indigo, Night of Navy (SU)
Cardstock: Watercolor, White, Black
Accessories: Zig Real Brush Pens, Blueprints 21 (MFT), shell embellishment (unknown)