Saturday, June 20, 2020

Boot-Scootin' Birthday!

Hello Again! I hope all are well and safe. One of my nephews has a birthday coming up. He lives way out in West Texas, so I decided to make him a card with a Frontier or Western Rustic theme. I have some My Favorite Things Die-Versions dies that I have never used -- ah, NBUS supplies! And cut in black, they make great silhouettes. Silhouettes are great for an ink-blended landscape background. And that's how the idea for this card began! :-)

I really had so much fun with these dies and with the ink blending. By the way, the dark blue of the sky is in reality more of a teal and there is no green at all at the bottom. Blues + greens in a camera = Sometimes yuck! My card base is textured Bazzill, as is the black shimmer card stock that all the dies were cut from. The black base mat is edge-distressed. I used my Spellbinders 6x6 Art Deco Fairmont square dies because I think they look a little western. For the ink-blending, I used my blending brushes and an assortment Distress inks, Palette inks and Versafine Clair inks.

The sketch I followed is the current one from The Male Room. I resized it in PSE to 6X6.

I used the desert landscape die to cut a mask out of some blue stencil film I have. I sprayed that with stencil adhesive and laid it on my white card stock, burnishing well. I then began applying and blending inks. I cut another desert landscape out of white card stock and used it on my piece to check for bald spots and fill them in before laying down the black die cut landscape.

I used Tim's Label stickers for the front sentiment. I am not showing the inside because my printer is not letting me print my inside message. But it's going to say "Have a Boot-Scootin' Birthday!" I'd wanted to put that on the front but couldn't get happy with my word spacing and it looked too crowded to me. It's great for the inside, so that's what it will be once I can print again.

Here's the back of the card and a close-up of the Paper Roses chunky barbed wire die cuts. Two Art Deco squares were cut, one in black, the other out of white card stock which I inked a bit.

And one final look - makes me wanna dance the Texas Two-Step, if I could only remember how or keep my balance long enough!

I hope you liked my kitschy rustic western style card. I think it has quite a lot of charm and makes a great guy card, too. Thanks for visiting - stay well and safe! XOXO

1.  The Male Room #138: Sketch -- Sketch is shown above.
2.  Paper Girls #201: Color Challenge -- I used these colors in my ink-blended background and card.  
4.  NBUS Challenge #15: AAG with NBUS -- my NBUS items are the dancing couple, center landscape and barbed wire corners (on card back) dies
5.  A Vintage Journey June Challenge: Rustic Charm -- my card is rustic western/frontier in a mixed media vintage style - these images are generally thought of as kitschy western icons.
9.  Paper Funday #18: AG + Opt. Masculine -- I've played the option
10. 613 Avenue Create #234: AG + Opt. Create a Blended BG -- I have played the option with an ink-blended landscape background


Leslie said...

OMGosh, this is one of the best-lookin' cards I've seen in a long time! Love the ink blending and those silhouettes are amazing! Your nephew is gonna love it!

Zoechaos said...

Just WOW love your blending, this whole card is so well done. x

Margaret Mifsud said...

A gorgeous card! The background looks wonderful and I love the contrast of the silhouettes. Thank you for joining our Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. x

Glenda Atkins said...

Wow, this is one fabulous card! Great job, loving your design and colours! Thanks so much for joining Crafty Cardmakers 'Masculine' challenge! Good luck and we hope to see your work again.
Glenda DT

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Well my dear friend, you created a real beauty here! The sponge work against your silhouette is beautiful. I wondered how your edges were done and learned that it is a die. Think I'd like one for myself. The back of your card is delightful!

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a fabulous card! I love the rustic western style and the background colours look amazing 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey and for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday too! Happy Sunday and wishing you a wonderful new week! Hugs, Jo x

Jean said...

Fantastic card ! Thanks for sharing at 613 avenue create x

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! Makes me want to visit Texas and do some Country dancing. LOL. A fabulous card. Thank you so much for joining us in our Sketch challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
Faith DT The Male Room

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indybev said...

I like the boot-scootin' silhouette! It's a happy card!

Pamela said...

really awesome joe on the ink blending for your background! Thank you for playing with us at The Paper Funday Challenge

Darnell said...

Your card is indeed charming, Aimeslee, and your nephew is going to love this manly boot-skootin' birthday card! It is a complete work of art on all sides and I love your attention to details! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous! Reminds me of the Barn dances we used to go to! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

Aimeslee that is a great card. I live in New England but I do really like western theme items. I think using black for the diecuts was smart and I love that colorful sunset. Thanks for joining us at Try It on Tuesday. Hugs-Erika

Meggymay said...

n awesome card , I love the black die cuts and now they look on your great card. Thank you for linking with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

Alyson Mayo said...

OK - if this isn't my interpretation of typical Texas, I don't know what it would be! Love the colours and the background - the image in black stands out perfectly against the "evening sun". Nicely done, my friend :)

butterfly said...

I'm completely in love with that background - the blending of colour from earth via desert heat to that bluest of blue skies is just magical. A great setting for those Western silhouettes. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x

Sari / Granne said...

What a wonderful take on the sketch and love the inking and great die cuts. Thank you for joining our challenge at the Male Room, I hope you'll play with us in our new "use die cuts" challenge.

Jackie C said...

I love everything here, it's so well made and impressive!
So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
Please come back again!
The best of luck with your entry.
Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

Astrid Maclean said...

A fabulous make with so many wonderful elements, all coming together beautifully. Love that it has such a happy feel to it too! Thanks so much for sharing it with us for the Rustic Charm challenge at A Vintage Journey!

Regina said...

this looks gorgeous! You are so talented!
Thanks for playing along with us this month.
Regina DT-Member of Paper Funday Challenge

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Leslie said...
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Lady Joyful said...

Wonderful scene! This is such a fun and creative take on our sketch. Thank you for joining us at The Male Room - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Tammy said...

What an awesome western card Aimeslee! I love the gorgeous, colorful background and the fabulous dies you used, stunning card! Your nephew is going to love it.
Hugs, Tammy

crafty said...

Beautiful silhouette card. Thank you for joining in Crafty Cardmakers masculine challenge.

Leslie said...

Back with a DT hat on and still thinking this is absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us in our challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog this month! We appreciate you joining us!
Leslie, LTSCB DT
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toni said...

I love this card it's such fun! Gorgeous colours which are perfect for those silouhettes. Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Toni X