Saturday, February 20, 2010


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.


Ange McKay, North Shore Stamper said...

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!

Lovely Linda said...

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}}}

savvy teaching tips said...

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

Sabriena Satchwell said...

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

Sarah said...

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