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:

Lovely Linda said...

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

Vickie Y said...

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

jimlynn said...

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

marsha said...

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

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

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

crafty-stamper said...

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

Shelly Schmidt said...

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!~

Cathy A said...

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

Becky said...

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

Mags said...

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!!!

Kris Breach said...

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

Jacqueline Smith said...

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

CraftyGirl said...

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

Sandy Hentzel said...

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

Angela Palmer said...

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

Paige said...

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

JD said...

Very Nice masculine card!

Jennie said...

Fab card and love how you did the tag!

Marialex Brizuela said...

beautifull card.marialex dt CCCBT

Karen Letchworth said...

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

Lisa :) said...

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

Darlene said...

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!

Shanna Shands said...

Lovely job. Thanks for playing at Loves Rubberstamps!

scrapclose2theheart said...

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

cass said...

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

Chana said...

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

Karen C said...

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

Lady Anne said...

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

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Gemiel said...

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!

Amy said...

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