Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Love You Grungely

Happy Birthday to my husband! I made him a card inspired by sistersandie at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2469397?&si=cc460 . I'm not sure if he'll like it 'cause he's a "what is that?" kinda guy. He likes high realism when he looks at pictures. I'm sure the verse inside and the "Love You" will win him over. Besides, it's the thought that counts, right? LOL! Here it is.

Stamps: Close to my Heart "Happy Forever", Stampers Anonymous/TH "Bitty Grunge", SU "Happy Birthday" (don't know which set), miscellaneous larger heart stamp
Ink: SU really red. 
Paper: SU whisper white, generic dark gray CS
Other: black and white acrylic paint, palette knife, pop dots, brad, black Sharpie.

Of all the shades of ink that I have, I do not have grey, so I tried something new and used acrylic artists paint to stamp. The thickness of the paint changed the look of how the stamp created the image. Notice the textured look. I randomly mixed the paint so that a marbled mixture was created. The shade variations don't show as well as I would have liked in the photo. The red blotches are created with SU ink. I edged the white panel and words with the black Sharpie to add a little more definition to the edges. I think the tiny hearts are nestled amongst the splatters nicely. I didn't want the card to appear too feminine. With leftover paint, I "grunged" another panel to use for an additional card sometime. 
Hints: I mixed the paint on a margerine lid and you only need a black dab less than the size of a dime. Use more white than black to create the grey shade. Don't mix thoroughly to create a marbled effect. Cover with a wet paper towel or plastic wrap to keep moist in between uses within an hour's time frame. 

Thanks for visiting! Comments are welcome and appreciated. 

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Crafting By Design Birthday Challenge - theme Birthdays

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  1. This is gorgeous! Love your color combo and layout. I'm sure he is going to love it. We sure are happy you could join us here at Loves Rubber Stamps this week. Thank You and please come again.
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

    1. Thank you very much for your positive comment, Dangina! I will go back to Loves Rubber Stamps for sure.

  2. oh this is so pretty, love the fabulous colors and the great design. The brad is the perfect touch. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!!

    1. thanks very much Holly. What kind things to say.

  3. What a lovely creation in my favourite colour combo!
    Thanks for joining the Crafting By Design Birthday Challenge!
    Do join us again!
    Rene DT Team

    1. thanks very much, Renee! So glad I was able to please. I will be back again to a site where there are such friendly people. Yeah, Crafting By Design Birthday Challenge.

  4. this is really a great technique, Just loved your Project, super cute,Thanks for Joining on the fun Use Metal Challenge for Loves Rubber Stamps, DONT FORGET our Fabulous Sunday blog Hop for Blog Candy~ Larelle-Susanne D

  5. Thanks for the comment, Susanne. I will be sure to check out the blog hop. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. Love the artistic spray of paint across the design. I am sure he will love his card! Beautiful design! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

    1. Thanks very much, Suzanne. It's fun to get out of my comfort zone a little bit.