Saturday, February 13, 2021

Smile, You're 65!

 Omygosh, it's cold! I know I sound like such a wimp. Happy weekend! I have a birthday card to share for Honey's brother who is my age and that means it's his 65th birthday. He's a big fisherman, so I was happy to go with that and create an easel card featuring a little scene at the lake using a mash up of six stamp sets from different makers: Hero Arts' Lake Time Fun and Pier at the Lake; Sweet n Sassy Landscape Silhouettes; Happy Little Stampers Smile!; My Favorite Things Anything But Basic Birthday and Leave Memories Diva-fied Fonts. I also used Lawn Fawn and Spellbinder dies.

Okay, while I'm on a roll listing supplies, the designer paper I used was a few sheets from WRMK's 6x6 High Five pad, which is nature and guy oriented. The white card stock easel card base was made by Ginger Adams in a pack of 6. I bought it so long ago I cannot remember where. 

A couple shots of the back, where I stamped his age and to show the easel fold when in display. 

And then here it is folded flat for the envelope. The card measures 6x5" when closed. I matted the front with the black diagonal striped dp and then cut some white card stock using a Spellbinders A-2 Distressed Edges die, for the focal stamped scene.

My coloring agent for all of it were my Promarkers. I committed to a bright blue sky, which was easy enough. For the water, I covered it entirely with a blue-green shade and then went over that with an aqua shade, all very quickly, then stopped because I liked it. I used a dark C-5 gray to make a few rough shadows after stamping the fisherman, dock and foreground vegetation. I basically stamped/colored top to bottom and done. Lots more I could have done, but lately I've really been trying not to feed my perfectionist tendencies and stop if a card looks good enough.

Here's a close up that shows the tree line on the far side of the lake and captures a teensy bit of the Wink of Stella shimmer on the sun and the water, albeit as tiny dots. I played around with the Sweet n Sassy landscape stamps, first stamping the fir trees in Versafine Clair gray, then a different tree line in front of that in green. There are 2 deer in the center. I think using Clair on Clair made the green fade out and the gray kind of looks like a morning mist to me, and I like the effect. I cut the sun and the clouds from the sheet of yellow dp I used on the front stop (that I stamped the Smile sentiments on) and adhered with glue dots to give it a bit of dimension. The yellow paper looks distressed and has sections of white in it where I die cut the clouds.

Here are even more sentiments on the inside, where we later signed the card underneath. 

This is the bottom of the card when in easel display and the back when closed. That's the WRMK yellow dp with my Technique Tuesday siggie, again, lol. Just letting the paper talk, it has a lot to say! :-)

And a final view. I'm very pleased at how this scene card turned out. I think I might be slowly improving, although still very much a novice. I'm so behind on visiting blogs, but I hope to definitely get completely caught up after I finish Honey's Valentine card. Thanks for visiting. Stay well and safe! xoxo

1.   Die Cut Divas: Fun Fold Time with Hero Arts -- #1/4  I made an easel card for my fun fold, and I used Hero Arts' Lake Time Fun and Pier at the Lake stamp sets.
2.   Sparkles Monthly #136: Big Birthday with a 0 or 5 -- #3/3 Recipient's 65th birthday, as noted on backside of card.
3.   Stamping Sensations February Colour My World -- #1/3 I have hand-stamped the card front scene in bright colors.
10. NBUS Challenge #23: AG with Never Before Used Schtuff -- This my first time to use the Happy Little Stampers Smile stamps, these 2 SNS Landscape stamps, and the WRMK designer paper.  


Crafty KJ said...

Wow, what a perfect card for a fisherman! Love the scene you've created and the clouds and the sun look great with it! The easel style is great and I've never thought to decorate the back of the card - such a brilliant idea and I'll have to give that a go! I love all the sentiments you've added too and so many lovely details to look at. Thanks for sharing another gorgeous creation for my challenge this week at Passion for Markers. Hugs, Karen x

Darlene said...

WOW what an awesome card Aimeslee! Love the scene you've created and how you did the back is fabulous (will have to remember that). Overall AWESOME card and I'm sure he loved it!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Please stop in for a visit!

ahlers5 said...

Wow, I'm still amazed at all the detail you put into your cards. I love that you used products from so many manufacturers. I did read about how cold it is supposed to be there. It hasn't been too cold here, but we got a lot of rain here yesterday which is unusual. February is the time when everything starts growing. To go along with that...allergy season.

Elaine Stark said...

A super card. I always love easel cards. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine

Leslie said...

Very cool! Great guy design!

Daffodil Cards said...

This is such a masculine and restful card Aimeslee, I love your colours, reminds me of Summer, whilst it's very cold and lashing with rain and dark here! Always wonderful inserts and back of your cards, love all the details, it makes it such a special card. I'm sure he will be thrilled with it.
Hope your electric is OK?
Faith x

Michelle N. said...

What a fantastic masculine card-any fisherman would love to have this! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a brilliants card! Love that shining sun!! Take care! Hugs, Chrisx

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning project, BRILLIANT design.. Thank you so much for entering your gorgeous project into our "smile like the sun " challenge atThe sisterhood of crafters this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Cheers, aNNie DT Member{My Blog}

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

A very lovely masculine card. I know it will be well received. Men, in particular, like creative folds. I gave a creative fold to my bestie, and her husband the engineer, picked it up in awe and examined it and was very intrigued. LOL.

The scene you created is beautiful. It takes great skill to pull of scenes and this one is just perfect!

Linby said...

What a wonderful design this is, just love the inside too, a really thoughtful and great layout. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge. It would also fit our masculine challenge at Allsorts this week.

The Crafty Den said...

Another awesome card Aimeslee. I love all the details and your image is coloured perfectly. The easel card base looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing with us over at Passion for Markers this week and good luck in the prize draw. Hugs, Denise x

Jane said...

Awesome creativity as always Aimeslee! Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

Nananas said...

This is such a fun card. You created a beautiful scene on your easel card! Thanks for joining our AAA Birthday challenge!

Debbie Mageed said...

Absolutely love your wonderful masculine easel card! Your images are perfectly done. Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can come back soon.

Valérie said...

Wow you combined a lo of stamps, Aimeslee! And the result is fantastic! Beautiful scene, very peaceful I find. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card at AAA Birthday. Valérie DT

Mummylade said...

Very nice project! Thank you for joining us this week at Allsorts Challenge

Mummylade said...

Very nice project! Thank you for joining us this week at Allsorts Challenge

Mervi said...

Fabulous creation. Thank you for sharing at Allsorts.
Welcome again;-))m

pinky said...

Love your card shape and the gorgeous scene you have created! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.