Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Double Dose of Father's Day

I absolutely {heart} Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try this week -- and her sample is just SO cute, it made me want to give it a go.

I decided to use it for my dad's Father's Day card, but then realizing I would likely end up short on time this week (nothing new...but the kids are in swim lessons and it's our LAST week of school -YAY!!, so it's a bit crazier than usual, but in a good way), I thought I'd just tweak it a bit and make another version for my hubby's Father's Day card too. I'm not sure why I don't 'stamp smart' like this all the time -- I sure should, especially since I've got to be about the slowest stamper on earth. And because of my time constraints, there are a few, um, imperfections here so don't look too hard. ;)

Here's the first one I made that follows Jen's sketch:

And here's the second one -- very similar to the first, just changed up a little:

Despite their rich earthy tones, both cards look a little washed out here in the pics. Sorry.

Both use the same supplies: Close To My Heart's Colonial White cardstock as the base and focal panel piece, Cocoa cardstock for the upper half of the card front, Olive cardstock for the lower half of the card front, and touches of the Ancient designer paper (that I sponged here and there with some Olive ink) from the Basic Grey's Archaic 6x6 pad I picked up at my LSS. The tree is from PaperTrey Ink's Father Knows Best set, as is the blocked sentiment on the second card; and the sentiment on the first card is from Verve Visual's Father Figure set (and was stamped in Timber Brown Staz-On...something I should've done for the other card as well -- it makes it much easier to read). The focal images were adhered with dimensionals and I also did a lot of fast faux stitching (minus the piercings) on both cards. I sponged in a mix of Heavenly Blue and Indian Corn Blue for the sky, drew in the ground with a marker, and used Olive ink to sponge in some tall grass (I hope my hubby doesn't take that as a hint that he needs to get out and mow the lawn -lol).

The first card uses Print Pattern on the Cocoa cardstock, and I crinkled up the Olive cardstock a little before sponging on Cocoa ink. The second card uses two different backgrounders, though in hindsight I think I might've used a heavier hand with them so they'd show up a bit more: Burlap on the Cocoa cardstock and Scratched Grid on the Olive (the Olive piece was also sponged with the Cocoa ink). Both of those background stamps are by Cornish Heritage Farms.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: Colonial White, Cocoa, Olive (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Archaic -Ancient (BasicGrey); Stamps: Father Knows Best (PaperTrey Ink), Father Figure (Verve Visual), Print Pattern (SU), Burlap, Scratched Grid Backgrounders (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Cocoa, Olive, Heavenly Blue (CTMH), Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: classic circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pigment Pro pen (American Crafts), copper brads (Making Memories), Liquid Glass, sponge (CTMH), foam mounting tape


Kristine said...

Awesome dad's day card Christi! LOVE YOUR BLOG :D Glad I found you. Pretty color and such. That sketch looks neat--I'll have to give it a try.

Carolyn King said...

Wonderful. I love the polkadotted dp you used for the circle and strip pulls the cards together so nicely! Great job with the masculine card!

Susan (rainy) said...

These are both gorgeous! Very cool layout, too.

Rachele Funk said...

Totally checking in to say hi! Love all your cards and looks like you are keeping busy! I think my first blogger addiction test was about 60%, but I'm positive now it's 100%.

Have a great day!

SmilynStef said...

Love both versions ... Archaic DP works so well with the tree.

Tracy Durcan said...

These are excellent!! I really like how you did the second one too :)