During GinaK's release party this past Sunday night, I showed this card as one of my sneak peeks.
The images I used are from Rupa Shevde's new set, King of the Grill. If you're looking for an ALL-guy sort of set, this would be the one. It's not all BBQ-ing images....there's a golf bag and clubs, hammer with tools, fishing pole and fish plus coordinating greetings to go with the images.
I don't know about the men in your life, but my father and hubby love to cook on the grill. Davy loves to stand out in the backyard with a cold beer, standing over his grill, feeling like the king of all things BBQ-ed. And I'm happy to let him because it means I get a night off from cooking (even as much as I love to cook and bake, I do enjoy letting him take over once in a while). My parents live on their sailboat year round and have a small kitchen (aka: "galley" in boat-speak) so they make good use of their grill during the warm months. My mother is usually the one that does all the marinating and prep and then lets my dad feel like he's had some important part of the process when all he does is stand there flipping the food over a few times until it's done. He's quite the social extrovert, so he's usually chatting it up with a friends on the dock with the big grill spatula in one hand and a margarita in the other (which my mother ALSO made for him).
Anyway......all that to say.....this is a great set for me to use for the two most important men in my life. And my parents like to fish off their boat, so the fishing images could also work for a card for my mom.....as well as my grandfather, who adores fishing and always has. My hubby is a carpenter by trade (and my brother-in-law is a cabinet maker) so the hammer and tools images will also work for me. The only thing that none of the men in my life do is golf....but we do occasionally go mini-golfing so I'm sure I can find a use for the club images, too! Talk about an all-around great set that will get put to good use!
I've fallen in love with Confetti White cardstock all over again. For a while there, I forgot that it even existed, never mind that I had almost a whole pack of it in my paper files. How DOES one not notice something like an entire pack of cardstock?
I find that Confetti White cardstock holds up really well to watercoloring images. The cardstock doesn't pill up easily and it holds the water really well.
I stamped my image with Jet Black Staz-On ink and then heat set it. You don't technically have to heat set Staz-On ink, but I'm impatient when it comes to having the ink soak in and set on the cardstock, so I usually hit it with the heat gun for a few seconds.
I then watercolored the image using my ink pad lids. I was recently asked what I meant by "watercoloring with the lids of my ink pads." All this means is that I squish the lid of my ink pad against the pad itself a few times. Then, I open my ink pad and there's a layer of ink that has transferred onto the inside of the lid. I add a few drops of water to the ink on the lid with my paintbrush and that becomes my watercolor paint. So easy and you never have to worry about having an ink that doesn't coordinate with your cardstock and other inks.
When making a guy card, I try not to go overboard with pretty ribbons and other "bling" that guys just don't care about. Using up small scraps of ribbon and folding them over and stapling them onto a piece of cardstock works for a small amount of bling that doesn't scream "GIRL BLING!" I mounted the stamped image on the polka dotted paper (from the retired Cerise Designer Series paper) with pop-dots.
Speaking of bling.....Gina has some amazing "Guy bling" that she's now carrying over at her store.
Check out these awesome Bling & Dazzle Screw Brads!
These brads are the perfect addition to any guy card.....and what's more awesome than having brads that look like screws? There's both Phillips head AND Flat head screws!
I used my 1/8 inch hole punch to punch holes for my brads and they were done. Now, how awesome would these look on a card using those hammer and tool images from this King of the Grill set.
Oh.....and I just thought of something else. They would make a great embellishment on scrapbook pages of house remodeling.
Cardstock: Real Red, Confetti White and Basic Black; Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Real Red, Going Gray, Really Rust, More Mustard, screw brads, black grosgrain ribbon, staples and stapler, 1/8 inch hole punch, pop-dots.