Hello everyone! Bibi here today to show you a card I've made for the challenge at CASology, where the theme this week is to make a masculine card.
"Heeeelp!", was my first reaction when I saw what their theme was, as I think it's really difficult to make cards for men! In addition, it must of course be CAS (= Clean And Simple), so I really had to step outside of my comfort zone....., but that's the point of a good challenge, isn't it? :-)
Anyway, it was a post by DT Kristiina (on our Scandinavian blog) that came to my rescue! If you haven't seen her post, you really should! The text is in Swedish, but there are lots of awesome project photos that speak for themselves.
Kristiina had used stamped letters as the only "images" on her cards and I was very impressed by what she made, so I took out my Alphabet Uno stamps (same as Kristiina had used), and what do you know - they spoke to me right away! Thank you, Kristiina! :-D
And here it is, my love card for my sweetheart. No need to wait for a special occasion to hand him one of those :-)
I'm practising photo propping ... the tiny boat is a souvernir we bought in Nerja (Spain) last fall
and the stripes behind the card is a pillow in our greenhouse where the theme is red and white this year.
I placed the letters on an acrylic block that has a grid - very helpful - then stamped on a piece of scrap paper to check if I had spaced the letters correctly. Some adjustments later, and I was ready to go. I do not use any cling cushion when I stamp - just a simple glue stick to adhere the nekkid rubbah to the acrylic block (which I obviously never clean ....)
As you can see from the photo above, these stamps are outline letters. I drew different patterns inside (another idea I've "stolen" from Kristiina!), then embossed them with clear EP. My letters were 100% black and white, but when I used an embossing pen on top, the black pen, although water resistant, smeared out and turned the white areas grey ... I actually liked it - happy accident! I used some red ink inside the O before embossing.
Minutes, maybe hours
of your own existence
that you have forgotten,
but that I
remember. You live
a secret life
in someone else's memory.
Come join the challenge at CASology!
The deadline is Monday at 19.00 Central Euro Time.
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Thank you for stopping by!
PS: It's the Icelandic National Day today (June 17th), so this one's to all our readers in Iceland:
Til hamingju með daginn!
Iceland holds a special place in my heart after I lived there from 1998 to 2000.
That's where I was when I first started designing stamps in '99.Btw, there was a stamp store in Reykjavík back then - all PSX, so I have a few of those :-)