Saturday, April 30, 2016

All About You (Masculine)

5/04/2-16 Update: This card was in the Top Three at AHSC157!

Another masculine card - they seem to becoming my specialty. I guess that's to be expected when you've been raised with three brothers and a father who were active in aviation and sailing.

When I was earning my Pilot's License in the 1960s, a friend of my father took me flying in his 1930-era British-made Tiger Moth bi-plane with the open cockpit powered by the famous de Haviland Gipsy engine. The owner gave me a leather helmet with goggles to wear, as well as a leather jacket with a scarf. (It did not make me feel like a WWII Flying Ace.)

When I first saw this stamp set, I was reminded of the fun I experienced in that bi-plane. The pilot performed all kinds of loops and other aerobatics, much to my delight.

To make this card, a panel of cardstock was texture embossed and adhered to a black card base. Additional panels were cut, corners rounded, matted and adhered to the embossed panel. A die-cut cloud was ink dusted and popped up with craft foam on the card front. The plane was stamped on white cardstock, colored with markers and fussy cut before being backed with foam tape and popped up on the cloud. A sentiment
was stamped to create a banner. Two additional banners were grouped with the sentiment and backed with foam to adhered to the card. An enamel dot was added. A strip of black cardstock was added to keep with the sketch design and then three black candy dots were added to balance the black color. The inside was stamped with an image of the plane using a stamping off technique and then the Happy Birthday was stamped over the plane image.

The design was based on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #157. Be sure to take a look at their blog for some clever creations.

Techniques: Stamping, ink dusting, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2 (4/25" x 5/5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp sets: Sky Is the Limit (airplane), Birthday Blossoms (banner sentiment), Watercolor Words (inside sentiment)
Inks: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz; Stampin' Write Marker in Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, Candy Dots (Basic Black), Zig-Zag TIEF

Other Materials:
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
DSP: Lawn Fawn
Die: Memory Box Marshmallow Cloud (large)
Misc.: large enamel sticker (black), Judikins Ink Dusting Brush


  1. I love the light blue and green shades on this card and the background pattern really catches your eye. The plane is awesome and setting it on a cloud makes it almost surreal. Such a handsome card (I really want to say beautiful but it's masculine...) Definitely going on my Pinterest collection of favourite masculine cards for future reference!

  2. I love this Melanie! Great design and perfect colors, your fussy cutting skills are outstanding and I love your triple layered banner. So cool that you got to ride in an old biplane, I'm sure that it was awesome! :)

  3. Great card. The texture and layers are perfect without being too overwhelming. Thank you for joining us at AHSC.

  4. Love your card, your story. Did you get your license?

  5. Awesome! Love this! Great colors and love the shape instead of the circle. Very cool!

  6. This card is perfect! The colors, setting the image on the cloud, the beautiful! Love the story with it as well. Isn't it marvelous when we can use special memories to create new things? Beautiful job. Thanks for linking to AHSC this week :-)

  7. I love the colors, textures and the masculine nature of the card! Your story was great too! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).


  8. Wonderful card. I love the colouring / shading of the plane, subtle yet perfect. I really like the colours you chose! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC