Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dad's Birthday

So my dad's birthday was earlier this month, and I actually knew what stamp I wanted to use on his card, since Dad is a big fly-fisherman...I had been thinking about getting this Thomas Kinkade stamp for almost a year, and finally took the plunge and bought it. I meant to show a photo of all my messed up stamped images (just so you know things don't come out perfectly the first time, and I do waste a lot of paper), and I should have shown a photo of my inky fingers (I'm kind of messy), but not this time.

This is a beautiful stamp. It is also quite large. I inked it with a pad, then smoothed it with a brayer. I tried several times to stamp on to the paper, with the paper on my craft table, but couldn't get an even image, so I ended up inking the stamp, then placing my paper on top of that and finger-pressing the paper...like you do with backgrounders.

I played around with different ink colors, too, just for fun...

For Dad's card, I used Adirondack Espresso Ink on Ivory card stock. I tried to highlight the fisherman by sponging around him with Distress Inks.

Since I was hand-delivering this one, I could make it as big as I needed to, so I had room for an embellishment! I found these swivels in the fishing department at a store, and thought they'd work. Tied them on the card with some fishing line that was unknowingly donated by Peter from his fishing box.

Dad liked it!!!

Stamps....It Doesn't Get Much Better (CHF)
Ink....Espresso (Adirondack); Antique Linen, Vintage Photo (Distress Ink)
Paper...Dk Brown, Gold (DCWV); Natural White (Neenah)
Misc...Edge Distressor (MM), Fishing Line (Peter's fishing box), Brass Swivel (South Bend)

So then I decided to use up some of my extra images, and I made this one. It is standard size (4.25x5.5):

Stamps....It Doesn't Get Much Better (CHF)
Inks....Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper...Black (Paper Accents), Mystic Medium (Prism); Solar White (Neenah)

I really like this stamp and am so glad I was able to make my Dad a card with it!

1 comment:

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Oh these are both just GORGEOUS Diana! I love the top one with the bit of sponged edges giving it a vignetted look!!!