Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Inkadinkado Standing Seagull - a masculine birthday card

Hi blogging friends Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

If you read my last blog post about my wrist and having cortisone injected into it and not being able to craft after it for a little while - well, I had to cancel my doctor's appointment as my DD has been sick with a nasty cold which just won't go away - poor little thing.  So I have been housebound and managed to do a bit of cardmaking here and there.  My wrist will have to wait until my DD is all better and back at school.

Anyhow, I finished a birthday card for my DH whose birthday is next month.  I have been having a play with my Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils which is what I coloured my image with and boy - I sure do love them.  The colour is so vibrant and really brings things to life!  They do take a bit of getting used to in comparison to my regular Faber Castell watercolour pencils.  Once I had finished colouring, I added a little bit of clear Sakura glaze onto the seagull's eye, beak and legs - alas, completely oblivious in the photo - but adds a bit of shine in real life.

Because I had chosen a "sea" image, I wanted to make a frame that kind of looked like a porthole so I diecut an oval with 2 oval nesties, added the brads, then popped this frame up on doublesided foam pads.  Here is a wee close-up of the image - you can click on the image for a bigger pic if you wish:

The designer paper is by My Mind's Eye - Stella Rose.  Gorgeous papers - and even though a lot of them have flowers, the non-flowery ones are just so perfect for a masculine birthday card IMHO.  I decided to add some stitching just to add a bit of texture.  I pierced the holes with a paper piercer then hand-sewed all the stitches - yep, all hand-sewn.

The side panel was punched with a Martha Stewart Embossed Diamond edge punch then I added some rope tied in a sailor's knot.  I learnt how to do the sailor's knot from Lynne Phelps blog Savvy Sisters Studio (thanks sweetie!) after seeing her amazing tri-shutter Father's Day card here - and this is the link to an animated gif which Lynne provided which helped me enormously.  This type of knot is also called The Anchor Bend, Carrick Bend and Full Carrick Bend.  According to the description on this website, it's easy to tie, does not slip easily in the wet, and is among the strongest of knots - it can't jam and is readily untied - and I actually used four pieces of rope instead of two as two just seemed to look "lost" on the panel - the four made for a bolder statement.  Both this side panel and the main image are up on doublesided foam pads.

To finish, I tied the same rope through the button then glued the button on, then glued on the "happy birthday" metal sentiment which I have had forever.  I got it free with an order from some store that I bought something from ages ago.  I "think" they are by Print Blocks; they came in a pack with other sentiments like Happy New Year, and Happy Christmas etc. but I no longer have the packaging so I can't be sure.  If you know, drop me a comment or an email and I'll update this post.  Here is a close-up - pretty cool tag isn't it?  So perfect for a masculine card - and I was so rapt that it matched the brads - a happy coincidence:

I am entering this card into the following challenges -

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge #159 - Sewing (faux or real)
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 111 - Free and Easy July - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - A stitch in time - real or faux
Thanks for stopping by my little world and thank you so much for any comments you leave Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net  

If you are short of time, scroll right down to the end of this post past the Card Recipe and you will see a heading that says "Reactions" where you can just click on an automatic comment.  This is something I only just recently added and thought it was pretty cool for busy people especially those on DT Challenge blogs that are visiting all the entrant's blogs - what a huge task!  So it's easy to just do one click and your done and you can move onto someone else's blog.

I have been working on a "Welcome to your new home" card for my BIL and SIL who have moved states and built their retirement dream home by the sea so I hope to share this in my next post.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Standing Seagull INKA-99205-DD wood mounted

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  My Mind's Eye Stella Rose 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, 140lb watercolour paper, Derwent Inktense pencils, small round #2 paintbrush, paper piercer, teal sewing thread + sewing needle, Sakura clear glaze pen, doublesided foam pads (dimensionals), clear blue button - from Basic Grey Granola set, string, Happy Birthday metal tag - Printblocks (?), brads by Printblocks, Cardstock:  teal, mustard

Punches Martha Stewart embossed diamond


brenda said...

What a stunning card Jocelyn, such wonderful attention to detail.

Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts this week and good luck.

B x

Robyn said...

What a fab male card! That sailors knot is spectacular!!Hope DH loves it and that your wrist is better soon!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jobear, it is so very good to see you posting again, hope the wrist is better soon after injection and I remember when you used this stamp equally beautifully in another post a while back now!! thanks for sharing and God bless, Shaz.xx OS just done a new text which will be on tomorrow's post if you want check it out..love Shaz.xx

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous beautiful card.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge this week.

Lena said...

WOW!!! This is so awesome!

jimlynn said...

Breath taking!!! Awesome card.

Anita said...

Jocelyn, this is gorgeous and a perfect card for a man. Love your watercoloring, the colors just seem to pop off the page. The porthole with brads is a great idea and the sailor's knot looks fabulous. I'm sure your dh will love it. Thank you for letting me know about the Top 5 at Allsorts :)

Sharron Lynne said...

What an awesome card! I love your bowline and the portal. Great effect! I did a lighthouse/seashore image on the weekend and tried to make a bowline knot. It did not make it onto my card. You have mastered it.

Baukje said...

What an amazing card Jocelyn, I love everything about it., the colours you used, the port hole the tied knot, the stitching the metal greeting........yep love it all.......fantastic card.

Debbie Carriere said...

This is gorgeous!!! Such rich colors!

Merry said...

Oh so love all the details on this card. What a great way to create a porthole.

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Great card I love the porthole idea!!

Thanks for playing our free and easy challenge at Allsorts this week...

Emma xxx

Anonymous said...

What an awesome masculine card! Love the sailor's knot and porthole.

Liz, said...

Wow, love this. I remember trying to do this knot at the girl guides! I just couldn't pull it off but it looks fab here.

Liz x

Anonymous said...

this is a great masculine card! the sentiment matches the brads perfectly and the knot is just such an awesome accent.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Sending healing wishes for your wrist!! My sister just purchased some of the Inktense pencils and loves them too! Wonderful card.

Michelle said...

This is beautiful Jocelyn -- & I see you won top 5 at AllSorts!! Yay -- congrats, you deserve it!

Denise Marzec said...

Wow Wow Wowwwwwwwwww! The colors on this are so bright, bold and eye catching....and I'm lovin' your sailor's knot!! Beautifully done!!

Take care of that wrist, girlie. {hugs}

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jobear, am back again would you please pop over to my blog? as there is something for you there see
love Shaz.x

Joyce across the Pond said...

Super card and the colours...yes, the Inktense are superb! I have 3 I think and don't use them enough. I've come over from Shaz' site to browse your lovely things.
Greetings from Northern Ireland.

Anonymous said...

congratulations on being an allsorts top 5!

Curt in Carmel said...

When your page loaded, the first word out of my mouth when I saw your card was WOW! This is GORGEOUS! Not only are the colors beautiful together, your coloring is stunning! Then looking at all the detail, I was simply blown away. That knot is simply amazing. Incredible work here! Best, Curt

Rosa B. said...

This card is fantastic! I really love the nautical knot you used - what a great idea! I shared your card on my blog for my nautical inspiration post if you care to take a look: http://capturethelittlethings.blogspot.com/2011/07/inspiration-nautical.html

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