Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunny Sailing

I needed a quick birthday card for a man - not the easiest thing to do.  This one works for a man or woman and for more than just birthdays.

This card is a bit unique.  It was made with a kerosene lamp as a light source, because just as I got ready to make the card, a transformer blew at the electrical power station down the street from us.  Being Sunday, it was a while before someone arrived to repair it.  So my hubby got out one of our kerosene lamps and I worked by oil lamplight.  We've come so far with technology today, but no electricity sure takes us back to the basics in a hurry.   Actually it was kind of fun working with a different light source and adjusting the way I colored the card.  I just wouldn't want to do it everyday.

The card is made with just 2 stamps.  The sailboat scene is all one stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps and the sun is cut out from a stamp by Judikins. 

Using Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120 lb white cardstock, the sailboat scene and sun were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  They were then colored with Copic markers, except for the sky which was done with watercolor pencils to give a slightly different look from the water. 

The sailboat scene is matted on Stampin' Up's Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  Two lines are scored about a quarter of an inch apart across the top and down the left side of the card.  Then strips of Night of Navy were glued in between the scored lines.  The sun was cut out and trimmed on two sides, then popped up along the navy strips and over the water to add dimension to the scene.  As a finishing touch, Stickles were added to the sun, sails, and waves, as well as 3 dots on the strip of navy carstock on the side.

The scene reminds me of the sailboat races we had each Sunday in the summer on the small inland lake where I lived a long time ago in lower Michigan. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week. 


Anesha said...

Wow, what a stunning card. Your colouring is amazing. Hope your electricity is back. :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

Susan this scene is wonderful. The popped up sun in the corner is a terrific accent/element to the card.

Kathi said...

Wow. This is gorgeous!

Lieselotte said...

Gorgeous coloring, and great combination of stamps! I love the waves.