Sunday, 7 June 2015

Seagull Roost

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another challenge from The Paper Players and this week Joanne is challenging us to come up with a masculine card.

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.

Products used:

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)



Hannelie said...

Wow Karren, that BG is just perfect for the image!
Fabulous masculine look!

laurie said...

Awesome water coloring! Perfect image for the challenge,too!

LeAnne said...

Oh fudge, if you hadn't told us about the crease, we never would have known, because the image is so the seashore theme!

Jodi McKinney said...

Oh Karren - your card makes me long for the beach! Nice job! And thanks for the sweet welcome too! :)

Debbie Mageed said...

Wonderful card! I love the background and the focal image is great as well! And, as my sister is always saying when I don't get it exactly right, "if we wanted a perfect card, we'd buy one." Your card is perfect to me!

stampwithamyk said...

I just love the seagull image! And I think that your background looks terrific, great colors. :)

Bonnie said...

This needs to be framed, Karren! Gorgeous!

Lisa said...

What beautiful coloring, this is fantastic!!

Narelle Farrugia said...

oohhh look at your gorgeous colouring!

stampwithsandy said...

What a gorgeous stamp and your coloring is awesome as always, Karren! Terrific embellishment, too. Wish I had a few :)

Joanne James said...

That background is amazing Karren - I love that you carried it through the banner too. A lovely central image too - I know what you mean about masculine cards, I find that there is a tendency for them to look a little 'fuddy duddy' whereas I'm more for the contemporary look! I love this card - you totally rocked my challenge!

Jaydee said...

What a great focal image Thanks for the tip about the new pens... mine arrived yesterday ad i haven't been able to help him just yet :-) Your background is gorgeous and I wouldn't have noticed the little "personalization" if you hadn't pointed it out! Gorgeous card

Claire Broadwater said...

Karren, love the fantastic coloring!!! Such a beautiful card! I want to go to the beach! Your rocked the challenge! XX

Shannon Jaramillo said...

Karren, you've done a wonderful job of combining the three challenges! I love the ombre background (will have to remember to try that) as well as how seamlessly it flows onto your banner!