Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lighthouses

Hello to all my cyber visitors - it's nice to have you call by.


I  recently won a stamp set over at Our Daily Bread Designs and decided that it was time to ink it up.  


I deliberately chose this Lighthouse set as I do not have many masculine images. Although I had fun with these two cards,  I  learnt that it is not as easy to work with one large image as it is to work with smaller images!


This is the more simple of the cards - I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo black, and added a little colour with sponging, and the gold 'beams' with an SU coloured pencil.


The sentiment was an 'el cheapo' that I picked up locally, and I embossed it with silver.  Both this, and the main image, were mounted on a reflective silver paper, and then onto the navy base card.  The  lines on the edges are a line of sticky backed, shaped silver reflective paper.  Ideal for adding pizazz to a masculine card without it looking 'tacky'.




The second card I used a metallic base card to stamp and silver emboss the image on, then got stuck!!


I fiddled around with various mediums before I settled on the punched foil background - I used some shredded blue 'stuff' under that again, which you can see in the bottom left corner of the photograph - why do accents like that so rarely show in photos??


The sentiment was another sticking point until I spied the silver cord on my desk.  After stamping and silver embossing the image (from Hero Arts), I punched and inserted the black eyelets and then threaded the silver through them.  


I knotted it partway across, and believe it or not, it started as a reef knot, but twisted as I worked on securing the cord and does not now look like any self- respecting knot!!


This is quite a dramatic looking card IRL and I am quite happy with it.  


I am looking forward to sharing something special with you on Wednesday (NZ time) - I have been hanging out to announce this, but have been very good and not told anyone about it other than my DH!!


Thanks for calling by - I do treasure your comments when you  leave one :-)


God bless and take care.



5 comments:

  1. Great job Maxine! I'm in love with that second one with the metallic background! Thanks so much for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty!

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  2. Bravo Maxine - these are gorgeous cards - what a great choice with your winnings - I would have chosen the same set - beautifully donr on both counts! I am intrigued with your announcement and will be looking forward to hearing it - do you want to whisper it and maybe I can hear from here! LOL! God bless you Maxine - your work is lovely! {{{hugs}}}

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  3. Great work - thanks for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty. Please come over and check out my blog candy this week www.stamperontheshore.blogspot.com

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  4. I love the lighthouse image. Both cards are just amazing. Thanks for playing with us this week at Stampin’ Royalty!

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  5. Very cool! I love the backgrounds! Thanks for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty this week!

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