Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Wabash Cannonball

When I saw that the new challenge at The Paper Players required a masculine card, I thought this would be my opportunity to make a birthday card for my son, who is in his 40s. I went searching for a specific image of a man on a riding lawn mower. I still have not found the desired digital image but I fell in love with this dear old man reliving his dreams from the past. That said, here is my card for the PP248 Theme Challenge.

After downloading The Engineer from Mo's Digital Pencil, I printed it on white cardstock, masked the image to sponge the background, then removed the mask and colored the image. I thought that this man would keep his train polished, so I heat embossed the locomotive with clear powder to make it shiny. I cut the image freehand into two overlapping circular shapes.

The background was sponged on white cardstock and embellished with some stamps. The clouds were sponged using the edge of a cloud die as a stencil. The sentiment was computer generated and both tags were die cut and pierced to include the brad. The tags and the focal image were backed with craft foam and lifted up. The inside was stamped with a few trees using generation stamping.
For great card ideas visit the blogs for The Paper Players and Mo's Digital Pencil.

Techniques: Masking, stamping, generation stamping, coloring, die cutting, sponging, heat embossing, fussy cutting
Size: A7 (5' x 7")

Stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil The Engineer, SU! Lovely As a Tree, Wetlands, computer generated words in Magneto font
Inks: Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, River Rock, Versamark
Markers (alcohol): Spectrum Noir
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy
Dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Rectangles, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts (cloud die used as stencil)
Misc.: Brad, craft foam, SU! clear embossing powder


  1. Wow! Awesome coloring. Love all of the techniques you used...great card!

  2. Beautifully coloured Melanie and I love the glossy finish - that chap certainly looks like he's reliving a mis-spent youth! A great combination of stamps and digi images too. Thanks for joining my masculine challenge over at the Paper Players this week!

  3. What an awesome image Melanie! Your sponging on the background is just perfect and your gentleman on his train is perfectly colored. :)

  4. Oh, Melanie, what a fun card, and I just love the guy on the train...hehe! And I love your coloring and even how you added some glossy accents on the train! Your son is going to love this one. My DH is working on an N-scale train model and having such fun with it. Hugs!

  5. I tried to add a picture to here because it reminded me so much of the card, and the combination of the two of them looks like the same guy on your card. Love your card. I will attempt one more time to direct you to:

  6. Melanie, this is such a fun card! I know your son will LOVE it! Your coloring is amazing! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  7. This is just the cutest image ever, Melanie! Your coloring is perfect...and embossing the train is so clever! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week!

  8. What a charming creation! I noticed you used loads of different techniques! That's a lot of work, but the results are absolutely perfection!