Fathers Day 2010
Let me apologize now for not coming by the blogs much lately. Yesterday was my son's last day of kindergarten. It was bitter sweet for me as we have decided to retain him so he will not be going on with the friends he has made this year. We officially told him today and he didn't seem fazed at all! LOL! I was expecting something more...but am glad it didn't happen. I hope this is the right decision.
And we are also on vacation!!! So I won't be by any blogs for a while, I will have to block out half a day to play catch up! LOL!
That also means that I will be not be participating in next weeks Stuck on U Sketches challenge. I thought I might be able to get ahead but I was a little too optimistic, so though I will be home that day I know I won't be able to get any scrapping done on time.
Ok so onto today's challenge...our second week so that means no sketch at SOUS but a challenge and the challenge is EMBOSSING! That means dry or wet or any combination of those...
This challenge came at a perfect time for me to do some Father's Day cards for my Daddy as well as for my Father in law. I look forward to giving these to both of my wonderful Dads!
The first card is for my Dad....
This is a gate card as well as a belly band card! Both styles I haven't done in forever so I thought this would be fun!
I took this extra photo to show how the card opens. With the saying panel adhered to one side, making this what is more commonly known as a gate card (like you all don't know that though, hehe)
This card came together in 2 parts. First I saw a project call for ScrapStreet online magazine, asking for projects that have rulers on them. And the second part was in my search for Dad sayings on Scrapbook.com, I came across this saying which connected my want to use a ruler!
Even before this card came to mind, I had been searching online for a ruler stamp. I found some that I liked but was being a good girl and not buying anything. I hate wanting to only get one item and then you get stuck with shipping...that saves me from a lot of online shopping! LOL! So...I decided to take a stab at creating my own ruler. Not perfect but it worked. I also added just a bit of Crackle Accents.
Now for the challenge to emboss! I used my brand new Papertrey Ink polka dot stamps to make this design which I then embossed with UTEE. Giving it a very uneven texture. I stamped once with Antique Linen distress ink (which I did try to emboss but it was soaked so quickly into the paper that the UTEE had nothing to stick to).
And to the top of the card I stamped and emboss only with Versamark.
You know how you start with one idea but things take its own course. I started this with the intention of making my own plaid but once I stamped with Tattered Straw distress ink, I saw the color was darker then I thought, so the plaid would have covered too much of the printed paper. I have no used this all enough to figure out if it's the fact that my clear stamps are new, and that is why the distress ink is blotchy when I stamp with it. Or is it just how distress inks are with clear stamps? This stamp is also by Papertrey Ink distress stripes. I LOVE these stamps and think these are by far the best quality clear stamps I have used!
Last photo shows the inside of the card. All these printed papers come from DCWV Downtown Loft stack. I have to admit that some of the prints are not me, and I am not sure what I will do with them but the other half are really awesome for more masculine projects and I could really use more manly prints.
My next card is the one for my FIL. Paper is from DCWV Generation Tech. At first I was going to use the prints that centered on cell phones but I thought this piece, Our Legend was just perfect so I had to go with the matching prints. And my FIL loves anything techno, so video games were just up his alley!
I embossed the video game text with the Cuttlebug folder, Traffic Jam. I distress that a bit so that it would show up a little better...
There was this super cool print that was all green, graph paper like with lots of different video game controls on it. I fussy cut one and did a few layers of UTEE on it. IRL it looks like an epoxy sticker.
Our Legend was part of a page that had different things on it, all with gloss. I thought this was funny and went well with a Father's Day theme. I layered this against a striped piece, both this and the text print had red foil accents. I popped this and added some photo tabs and brads.
Thank you so much for looking...I can't wait to come back from vacation and see what you all have been cooking! I also cannot wait to come home because with the summer being here, I am really hoping to have a ton of time to just relax and craft! Have a good week all!