Thursday, March 14, 2013

Green Birthday

Welcome again - I am making time to blog again today.

I needed a card for a birthday this week for a man who loves fishing.


I started with a technique I read about in a magazine, using gesso and distress inks - this is my second attempt and I was much happier with this result.  


My ink colour was Bundled sage, and then I added to the look by spritzing with some water - I love the way the distress inks react to water.


I then used masking to stamp only part of a stamp, and embossed it with silver before colouring with watercolours.  The stamp is by Hastings Rubber Stamps and is a 'composite' scenic stamp of New Zealand.


The tag is one which I had been experimenting using distress inks with ages ago, and was lurking on my desk, so I embossed the sentiment and added the paper string before adhering it to the card.  This layer was then adhered to a dark green base.

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30 comments:

  1. This is fabulous Maxine - you are so adventurous with your techniques - I am sure it will be valued! {{{hugs}}}

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  2. What a gorgeous, masculine card! Thank you for playing along with us at Twisted Tuesday Challenges.

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  3. Another WOW card!!! This looks so real! Sensational card.
    Lynn

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  4. Just gorgeous Maxine! I love your colors and the embossing looks sensational. Great job with the gesso too, I'm sure this fella will love this!
    Hugs and blessings,
    Marsha

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  5. Fabulous scene, love the colors! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  6. this is brilliant love the technique you have used to great effect -love the image and tag too-thanks for joining us at Twisted Tuesday
    Carol DT x

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  7. Fabulous card Maxine! I love the fun you are having with supplies- love the colors and the gorgeous image- looks so fab in Silver embossing too!~

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  8. Love the rich colours of this, the fish and the river look gorgeous.

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  9. This is fabulous Maxine.. Love how you embossed with the silver.

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  10. This is a beautiful card! I tried geso only a tiny bit for the first time on my card as well! Your card is magnificent! Bravo!!!

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  11. Hi Maxine! What a neat technique!! And I love that image. I'm so not masculine-image-minded, but need to get there one of these days! lol. You did excellent on this. Have a lovely weekend! :)
    Hugs,
    kris

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  12. Fabulous card, love the technique used! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

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  13. Very pretty. Thank you for playing along this week at Jen's Digi Stamps. Good luck in the challenge and I hope to see you in the next challenge.

    Remember we are having a DT call at Jen's and would love to hear from you. :-)

    TTFN,

    CraftyGirl
    Jen's Digi Stamp DT
    craftygirlcardsandcrafts.blogspot.com

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  14. Men are so hard to make for but this is a great card! Thanks for playing with us this week at The Stamping Chef! --Sous Chef Sandy

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  15. A wonderful masculine card. I love the image. Great to see you try this new technique Thank for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us again. Angela

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  16. Terrific card Maxine! I love how you tucked the image into one corner - so clever!

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  17. Fab card and love how you did the tag!

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  18. Maxine: Your cards are always so creative and fun. Of course, you know that as always, I'd LOVE to have you share in a couple of my challenges. My baby, Word Art Wednesday (Anything Goes) www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com AND V's Sweet Ideas - Masculine Card -
    www.vssweetideas.blogspot.com
    I just want everyone to be able to see your amazing cards, and it's always more fun when you can join us.
    Blessings to you my friend,
    Karen

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  19. What a great masculine card. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Stamping Chef! --Sous Chef Lisa

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  20. What a fantastic card, I love all of the techniques you used on this one. It looks very time consuming, but your time was well spent - just look at the outcome!

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  21. Lovely job. Thanks for playing at Loves Rubberstamps!

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  22. I love the techniques you applied to your card. I must learn to use them. They look great. Thanks for joining us for challenge #14 at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. See you again soon! Hugs~Patti

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  23. Great technique to use on your card, thanks for joining us at the Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog

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  24. Very artsy! Nicely done! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!
    Hugz,
    Chana

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  25. This is lovely!! So glad you shared with us this month at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!
    Hugs,
    Karen C

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  26. The friend who love fishing will love this card *smile* Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

    Cards by Lady Anne

    Lady Anne's Challenge
    Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge
    Lady Anne's: NanaVic's Challenge

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  27. Maxine, this is fabulous!!! Love the watercolored embossing. I bought some Gesso a few weeks ago but don't have a clue as to what to do with it. Just thougth it was needed in my stash LOL. Blessings!

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  28. Beautiful card! I know someone else who would love a card like this too. ;op

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Thank you for taking the time to comment - it is very much appreciated and your comments are treasured. Maxine D