Move over, Captain Jack!

Mike and I are both Spinning® instructors, and when Mike has his spin® gear on with the bandanna (an essential part of his uniform), I joke that he reminds me of a pirate.  His birthday is this week, so here's the card I made for him.

Pirate_monkey
Isn't he cute?  Mike doesn't wear the eye patch, though.  And that's supposed to be a bandanna on his head.  Can you tell?  I'm afraid it might look like just a bad haircut.  (Can you say, "Larry, Moe & Curly?")

The sets are Sock Monkey (of course) and Smarty Pants.  That's more of the hostess Designer Series Paper for the background.

I hope you're not getting tired of my "moonlighting" cards.  My friend Cris said it would be cool to have the moon behind the lighthouse from Light Unto My Path.  I wasn't sure how to do it, since the stamp is kind of a "negative one;" the background is stamped, but the image is the "negative" part.  Duh!  Jacob's Coat.  (This idea came to me when I couldn't sleep last night.  My best ideas come in the middle of the night.  Which reminds me….I wrote down an idea right before I fell asleep and just remembered!  Woohooo!  Idea for tomorrow.)

Here's what I came up with for the lighthouse.

Moonlit_lighthouse

I punched a mask for the moon and sponged So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Night of Navy and Basic Gray around it.  On the bottom, I sponged Handsome Hunter and Night of Navy.  After I removed the mask, I "reverse masked" with the post-it I punched the moon circle from and added a little Barely Banana to the moon.  The lighthouse was stamped in VersaMark and clear embossed.  I masked the light beam and used my brayer to add Basic Gray to the whole thing.  Then I wiped off the ink from the embossed image and used my white gel pen to add some light.  And there it is.  (The verb for "using a brayer" is "bray," but when I type that, I always think of donkeys.)  I kind of like the way some of the Basic Gray ended up on the moon; it kind of looks like shadows and craters.

Here's the last one (and don't get spoiled with three cards a day; I can't promise to keep that up!).  A friend sent me some of the coolest ideas – and I can't even give credit for this, because I'm not sure who came up with the idea.  But – you use the leftover card stock after you cut out a Top Note with the Big Shot for a reverse mask.  Isn't this fun?

Topnote_winter

It uses Winter Post and Lovely as a Tree.  I stippled inside the Top Note with Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa with a little More Mustard in the center.  The I stamped the skaters in Basic Brown and colored with markers and a blender pen.  (To dilute the color a tiny bit, I scribble on a stamp case, then pick the color up with a blender or aqua painter.)  The trees are Handsome Hunter, the snowflakes are Going Gray and the postmark is Rose Red (stamped off one time).  I added a few furry highlights with my gel pen and layered it to Handsome Hunter and Kraft card stock.  I'm getting a really good start on my Christmas cards!

That's it for today.  I'm off to find out what I wrote down at 2 a.m!  I think it has something to do with Tangerine Tango and Riding Hood Red.  Those are really yummy colors!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Move over, Captain Jack!

  1. Sandy Moriarty says:

    I’m baaaack!!! Wowza, this is the best ever. I LOVE this. What a great winter scene and how pretty for a Christmas card — I gotta case this one. Where is the Winter Post from? Is the new mini cat out? I’ve been gone too long! —sandy

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