Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Masculine birthday

I really find masculine birthdays a challenge in themselves.... but I think I may have just nailed this one - trouble is it never stops at just one!

As this one was needed in a hurry (just to make it worse) there is only this one shot of it - no close-ups.

The main image is from a sympathy set by Our Daily Bread Designs . I stamped it and then decided to use the trusty chalks to colour it - the outcome was quite satisfactory in that I felt it gave quite an evening impression.  I added some subtle sparkle by running a silver pen along the 'ripples' in the pond, and a white pen on the cloud lines.

This was then cut with a classic rectangle nestability, and mounted over a dark blue classic scalloped rectangle.  The background cardbase was randomly stamped with a fishing rod by Hastings Rubber stamps in versamark ink.

The ribbon is a plain blue twill with a knot in it, and the sentiment is 'Little Happy birthday' from Hero Arts  - this was stamped in blue ink and clear embossed before being mounted over the ribbon.

This card fits the Crazy4Challenges challenge for this week, and also the challenge at Stampin' Royalty as they are both birthday challenges ;-)

Thanks so much for taking an interest in my efforts and for calling by.  I love it when you leave a comment too - they are very much appreciated.


  1. What a gorgeous Masc card! Thanks for playing!


  2. Hi Maxine - what a great masculine card - I was just sent that image in a RAK and am looking forward to inking it up!! Love the colours and the reflection in the water is just gorgeous - very artistic Maxine! I have to say I am loving seeing your style evolve and the way you try new things - well done by friend - you ROCK! Thanks for sharing Maxine - I always love to come over and see what you are doing this week - pssst - the MMSC is due to be posted shortly - think you can play this week!?! God bless you my friend! {{{hugs}}}

  3. You did a great job with the colours on this card... the image is gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty!

  4. Simply beautiful. What a great masculine card. Thanks for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty.

  5. Great job! I love the stamp, and the colouring is perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin' Royalty!

  6. I agree masculine cards are defiantly a challenge - Ribbons and Bows and buttons and bling are so much more fun! Having said that you did an amazing job with this card! I love the lake side image. - Is it almost summer time?
    Thanks so much for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty!

  7. I find it hard to design a masculine card too. Yours is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!


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