Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy Birthday to my ol' Bro

I made this card for my brother's birthday. He will be 66 tomorrow.
It's a little hard to believe, but it's OK to say that because I know that he doesn't read my blog!

I was experimenting with the faux shaving cream technique. I first learned this technique at an SU! convention a few years ago.
Take a solid image stamp, (I used a solid rectangle here) and ink it up. Then ink up a wheel in a complimentary color and twist and swipe it onto the solid stamp. Huff on your stamp and stamp it onto your cardstock. I used More Mustard for the solid stamp and Chocolate Chip for the wheel. This is a great Faux Shaving Cream tutorial.
The giraffe and sentiment are stamped in black. The image on the right is a retired SU! wheel that I stamped in Versamark and embossed in gold. A bit of gold cord, a torn edge, and a little distressing on the edge of the giraffe panel add some texture to the ca
rd without adding much thickness. Thickness can be an issue when mailing a card.The PO is becoming
more strict at times about the 1/4" rule. Anything over 1/4" thick requires an additional 17 cents to mail. I had been mailing mine with a 41 cent stamp and they haven't been returned. My children have not said anything about postage due either. But I do know of some people who have had trouble.

Stamps: In the Wild, DoubleLine Stitched Plaid Wheel, Batik Wheel, all by SU! and all retired
Ink: Basic Black, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Paper: Basic Black, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Extras: Gold EP, Gold cord

This second photo is of some of the eggs we dyed for Easter. My son Daniel wanted a paint brush for the egg he was dying, so I brought up several watercolor brushes. I wanted to see how an egg would look if I painted it. I chose complimentary colors and just swirled the dye on them. I like how they turned out and they were very easy.

If you haven't noticed, I finally figured out how to post my labels on the side for reference, and I also have a list of blogs I like to visit. Check some of them out. There are some very talented ladies (and gentlemen) out there. Thanks for visiting!


stampmonkey said...

Beautiful card! Your faux shaving cream turned out nice -- perfect colors for this card.

And your hand-painted eggs look great! My kids used the Tie-Dye kit this year too, although they just dipped and called 'em good. (Don't tell them, but yours look a lot prettier. lol)

Patti Gingrich said...

Giraffes are my favorite zoo animal! :) Your card turned out great! Really like the colors you chose!

Patti Gingrich said...

PS~ Tag! You're it! :) ~Patti