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.
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.
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?
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!