When I need to make cards for the men in my life, I realize that I need to start purchasing more “male friendly” stamps. I usually buy Stampin’ Up! products that I like, so I have plenty of flowers and “girl stamps,” ribbon and pretty buttons. But for guys? I have The Open Sea. I thought about using that and writing, “Hope you’re sailing about in no time!” – but I was thinking the ship would be too small for the card.
I needed to make two cards for male family members, so I started by selecting a card from the “Dude, You’re Welcome” kit. I love those cards because they’re kind of like patterned watercolor paper – and this one was a gray-ish color. I washed some color over it – Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo – then let it dry for a minute. (Ok, I dried it with my heat tool, because I’m impatient.) Then I stamped the World Map on it with Coastal Cabana ink. Nice. But now what? I had absolutely no stamps I really liked, so I pulled out one of my retired ones – that I didn’t even know was retired until I saw it on my friend Susan’s “please buy these retired stamps” list. It’s Just Thinking, from last year’s Occasions catalog. It seemed perfect, because neither recipient is sick, really, and I am thinking about them and hoping they’re doing well. One is my cousin who recently had knee replacement surgery. And the other is my brother, who had atrial fibrillation and had to have his heart shocked last week. So “Get well soon” just didn’t seem appropriate. (“Why did you wait so long to take care of this, you moron?” also didn’t seem very sympathetic. Not that I have a stamp that says that.)
I used a Bermuda Bay marker to ink the whole stamp except the sentiment part. The stamp actually says, “Thinking of You Friend” – without a comma before “friend,” which bugs me. But saying, “friend,” to my brother or cousin would just be weird, even if I could figure out a way to turn a comma-less direct statement into grammatically correct event. But I digress.
After it was inked, I hit “Thinking of You” and several other spots with Island Indigo. And apparently, I missed the hookie parts between the h, i, and n. I always see the mistakes after I take the picture. No problem; I’ll fill it in with the writing tip of the marker later.
So there it is – plain and simple. I mounted it to a Basic Gray card from the My Paper Pumpkin introductory kit. It needs something else, but guys won’t notice. I’m thinking maybe a metal button, or even the open sea ship or anchor. I’ll keep thinking until tomorrow.
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