Monday, November 11, 2013

Love a Challenge?

I do enjoy doing a challenge or two - it gets my creative juices going!!  This week at Just Add Ink the challenge is to add masking...... and so this was my starting point for my card....... however, I wanted to make this card for my son's birthday card AND I asked him what stamp sets he would like me to use for his birthday!  He is an awesome teenager so of course he chose 4 stamp sets - including the stamp:  Fabulous is what you are  (he has a sense of humour obviously!! hehehehe).  He chose By the Tide, and The Open Sea (I think he was a bit limited in the choices I have in my collection - quite a lot of girly/ flowery stamps - we have three daughters too!!).  For his greetings he chose Perfectly Penned and the Million and One stamp set (cause he's so fabulous!)

My first layer of the card was the mask - I was trying for some ocean colours for my ship - so I made a large rectangle frame and then sponged some Soft Sky, Marina Mist, and then Night of Navy.  My next layer was some atmospheric stamping with images from By the Tide - fish, coral, shells, and also the log book from The Open Sea.  

My top layer I tried to make into a bit of rigging in the foreground for the greetings which I made into flags lashed to a pole - stamped with the Timber wheel and tied with linen thread.  I think it sort of looks like what I had in my head - but ultimately my son really liked it, and THAT is the important thing!!

Gotta love a teenager with a sense of humour!!  


  1. Hello there lovely Julia!
    WOW oh WOW this card is amazing!!! I love all the things you did with it, the colours, the layout the clever little "ship" flags for the greetings, even the woodgrain down the side, totally AWESOME!!! No wonder your son LOVED it, it's super!!!
    SMIles SHARnee :)

  2. Thank you so much Sharnee, it's lovely to have your wonderful positive feedback!! Smile :)

  3. Julia, this is fabulous! So much beautiful detail to look at. I love that your background was created with masking, then more layers were added. Great 'boy' card. :) Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week!

  4. I loved your card backstory Julia - your son sounds like one to treasure! I'm sure he treasures this great card too. Love the atmosphere you got by sponging through the mask! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  5. Wow, that card looks gorgeous! Love all the details and the elements you paired together. Looks wonderful!



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