Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Playing with Shapes: Circles and Male Cards

Hello everyone!

It's been a bit of a busy month and so I haven't posted much. I also don't have any new photos from new posts at the moment because my phone got stolen, so we're going back to the First of September (Father's Day in Australia) for this card.

This card is fairly different from the usual style I go for, and I'm surprised at how it turned out!

I was looking for card to make for my dad, and as I don't have many male-focused items I had to come up with an idea. The circle stamp from Paper Smooches Mirror Blocks and this design works really well with the Happy Everything stamp set from Mama Elephant.
As you can see with the images below, I've also used this design for some male birthday cards because it fits so well.

I used Ranger Distress ink for the circle stamps because I have enough of the colours in the the range, and I wanted the circles to be the same output of shade and crispness consistently. However, I also didn't want the colours to be very strong and over-ride the design, so I used a double-tap technique.

I inked up the circle stamp strongly with the Distress inks, and then lightly tapped it onto a scrap piece of paper. I then directly stamped my cardstock with that half-inked circle. This way, the ink will stamp onto the cardstock but it won't be a very bright and strong image, it's more of a background look.

Once my cardstock was looking sufficiently colourful, I used my Tim Holtz stamp positioner to stamp the large 'happy' sentiment from Mama Elephant's Happy Everything numerous times. The more you layer the sentiment, the darker and stronger the black looks. Because this stamp was to be on top of other inks, I really wanted it to be dark. The positioner is also helpful to judge the distance and keep those sentiments in line.

It's then just a quick job to emboss the 'Fathers Day' or 'Birthday' sentiment onto a banner with white embossing powder.

Stick everything on a card base, and you've got a great, colourful greetings card!

That's it for today everyone! If you know other ideas for male birthday cards, let me know!

Until next time,

Shana xx

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