Would you mind pretending you haven’t seen this card? I’m joking, of course, but I was a bit naughty and used new-to-me supplies that I’m planning to do a haul video for, and I haven’t filmed that video yet! But I couldn’t resist using these stamps, dies and inks for my Watercooler Wednesday card for the masculine themed challenge. It just seemed the perfect choice.
I started by creating my mangrove tree. I used the Color Layering Mangrove Bundle that includes an ink set. I was originally going to use all four colours from the set but I felt the Butter Bar ink was a bit too yellow for the lighter layer of the tree trunk. I instead decided to use Caramel for both layers of the trunk, with the solid layer being stamped using second generation stamping, whilst the top detail later used first generation (so full strength) inking.
Next I created the canopy of the tree. This time I did use both the colours from the ink set. I used the lighter Green Apple for the background layer and darker Forever Green for the detail. I also used the darker green to stamp the four vines/aerial roots that are part of the set, but ended up not using them.
I used the coordinating dies to cut out the tree trunk and canopy, then worked out how I would want to position them on my card. I used that as a guide to stamp the water ripples at the base of the tree, using Altenew Ocean Waves ink.
I felt the scene looked a little bare, so I decided to add just a hint of ink blending. I used a make-up sponge that I’d previously used for blue ink and without reinking it I added colour coming from around my stamped water marks. I did the same with a green sponge for where the canopy would sit.
I pulled out a simple birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Super Script to add my sentiment. I decided to stamp with the Forever Green ink because I felt black might be too harsh as there is no other black on the card. I used my MISTI to stamp it, then added my tree using Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue.
I felt the card still needed something but I didn’t want to detract from the clean and simple look. After some consideration I added a subtle scored frame around the card, which finished it off.
I’m quite pleased with this card and I think the elements came together nicely. I’m glad I made the decision to not use the Butter Bar ink this time as I do prefer the more muted colours. I did keep the trunk I had stamped with the Butter Bar though, and will see about using it in future. Perhaps it would work well with a more Autumnal looking canopy? I also have a crazy plan for one of the other stamps in the set, but let’s see what happens about that!
A Blog Named Hero – Birthday Cards
Dies R Us – Birthdays
Inkspirational Challenge – Birthday
Paru’s Card Making Challenge – Birthday
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – Anything Masculine Goes
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)