Friday, June 20, 2014

Can you stand a few more Father's Day cards?

Alas, I was unable to get these posted before Father's Day last weekend, so here are my stragglers.

This card base is a weird color to me.  You might think it was Soft Suede by Stampin' Up!, but it's not.  I've had it in my stash since I served on the Mark's Finest Papers team a while back.  No idea what the color is called.  There actually IS some Soft Suede on here; the larger die cut frame.  Quite a difference, huh?

Stamps: Masculine Tags, Background Basics II - Inspired By Stamping Paper: brown pattern, green pattern - Old World stack - DCWV; Soft Suede, Going Gray, kraft - SU; brown base - Mark's Finest Papers Ink: black - Rubber Stampede; Early Espresso - SU; Walnut Stain - Ranger Fibers: cotton twill, jute ribbon, vintage thread Accessories & Tools: corner rounder punch - Fiskars; brown corduroy button - SU; Bronze Distress Glitter glue - Ranger; Fancy Labels 2 die - IBS

The next one is a go-to card for Father's Day for me.  I've had it pinned almost 400 times on Pinterest, from an old post of mine from 2010.   I remade it for the shop, and added a sentiment on the front this time.

I did make several to sell, and so my hand was a-hurtin' after cutting out all those fish!  I used an old, old stamp from Bizarro.

Stamps: sentiment - Cherish - Inspired By Stamping; fish - Bizarro; Print Pattern background - SU Paper: Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Naturals, Ivory - SU Ink: Close to Cocoa - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: cotton twill, twine - SU Accessories & Tools: circle punches; black fine-tipped pen

The next card was inspired by this card.  I did not want to outright CASE every detail, so I changed it up to feel more masculine and earthy.

All of the stamps are from Inspired By Stamping.  On the harlequin border, I used a new-to-me Distress Embossing Powder from Ranger.  Pity you can't really see it in the photos.  It's something with a sandy texture.

Now, I'm notorious for reading directions, er, um, not very thoroughly.  Just ask dear hubby.  So, I went about embossing this image for the first time with the Distress Embossing Powder, and I thought I was doing something wrong.  It kept crumbling off.  I thought I had not heated it enough.  Kept hitting it with the heat gun, burning my fingers and all.  Then, I checked the package, which reads "To distress, emboss image and allow to cool for a few seconds. Lightly rub embossed image with your finger or Cut n’ Dry Foam to remove the special release crystals. Some colors release more than others, so don’t worry if some rub off more or less …it’s part of the “aged” look."  (You can read the rest of the instructions here if you want.)  Ahhh!  So, I was doing it right all along! (shaking head)

I added splashes of Khaki Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels on the card to 'mess it up' a bit, and you can see it best below:

Since my husband turned the card this way (see below) when he opened it on Father's Day, thinking this was the proper orientation, I wanted to show you what it looks like in a horizontal format.

Had I not already filled in the inside of the card, I would have just twisted that fleur-de-lis around and kept the card horizontal.  I like it better!

Stamps: father's day - Happy Occasions, wishes - Chalkboard Birthday, fleur-de-lis & harlequin border - French Country - Inspired By Stamping Paper: River Rock, Soft Suede, Basic Black, ivory - SU Ink: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko; Chocolate Chip - SU Fibers: chocolate twine - American Crafts Accessories & Tools: Khaki Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels; circle punches and dies; chocolate pearl - Recollections; Corduroy Distress Embossing Powder - Ranger

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous! I love love love love the pennants on the first one!!!!!!!

Marisa said...

A wonderful set of Father's Day cards :) Nice variety.

SD pooja said...

These are Awesome father's Day Card Colleen..I always struggle in making masculine cards,yours are inspiring ! I loved the different colors too !

Leslie Miller said...

Gosh, I never would have thought of reading the instructions on embossing powder. I would have been thinking there was something wrong, too! All these cards are fabulous. Masculine perfection!

Shea said...

Wonderful set of masculine cards, Sweetie. I'm going to pin these for future reference since I'm pretty bad about coming up with guy card ideas myself. Of course I'll link back to you. In fact, I've given you a shout out on my blog today referencing your "Colleen bow." :) I had to giggle at you and the distress embossing powder since I did the same thing when I first used it. Takes a little getting used to, but the effect is marvelous. Thanks so much for sharing these and hope you're doing well!

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

Such awesome masculine cards Colleen! Wow! you sure are loaded with ideas! thank you so much for these..Such great designs, its impossible to ick a favourite.. I love them all!

Bonnie said...

All are very special, Colleen! I'll bet they all sold!

nwilliams6 said...

Colleen, these are all great, but the fish is my favorite! Great Father's Days cards. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Hugz!

Anonymous said...

I cant wait to see what you do with that stamp we have!! But I have to say you rock the masculine cards! I'm no good at them :-)

Shirley said...

You are so funny about the FD cards! Who couldn't stand a few more??? They are wonderful and I know dads will love them!~

Virginia L. said...

You sure were on a roll, Colleen! Each one of them is handsome and sophisticated! Perfect examples!

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