Happy Birthday to my sweet husband today! This card is for him. :)
I almost always show a new card to my husband...he likes to see what I spend my time in here doing and always has good things to say! I notice that he especially likes the cards with a lot of texture and bright colors...also his favorite colors are red and black. I threw in a couple extra colors on this project, but I don't think he'll mind.
For the background on this card, I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I mixed some Cherry Cobbler ink into a small amount of embossing paste, then spread it over the cardstock using the brick stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Have you used embossing paste yet? If not, you can visit My Gallery and use search words like "video" and "embossing paste" to see it in action!
Next, I stamped images from the Marquee Messages stamp set in Basic Black ink onto a piece of watercolor paper. I used ink from the lids of Real Red, Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise and Pear Pizzazz with an Aqua Painter to watercolor the image. Once it was dry, I fussy cut it out.
Before layering the focal piece over the bricks, I wanted to make the background just a little darker so I sponged some Basic Black ink over it...I mostly wanted to have less of the Very Vanilla color showing, but I also wanted to add a little black over the bricks. This technique always makes them look more "real" to me. Once that was finished, I layered it onto a Basic Black card front.
I had some leftover black rhinestones from the Holiday Catalog (I'm sorry these aren't currently available!) which I used on the arrow, and then I adhered the marquee image over the bricks using Stampin' Dimensionals.
I think he's going to love it!
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