In the Summer issue of Take Ten I have a few cards published (can never believe how lucky I am). One of the features is “What Fine Gentlemen”.
This collection I had completely forgotten about! When I looked at my notes, it was 2013 they were mailed to Take Ten. Not that it matters to me if it is a quick turnaround or a longer wait, it is just brilliant that they liked them enough to publish them! I had planned to share these with you in time for Father’s Day but as you can see, I missed the boat!!!
Although it is a long time ago when I made them, I can remember how they came about. Amongst some craft goodies I received a set of Rebecca Sower stickers. The stickers were nice in themselves but I saw the possibility of using them as a stamping surface. With their vintage style it seemed they would be well suited to a masculine collection. For some time I had wanted to make a collection featuring Oxford Impressions’ photo real stamps of gents as most times it is the female photo real stamps that I play with.
All of the photo real stamps were stamped onto glossy cardstock with Archival ink and I always use a Speedball brayer. That’s my preference but I know stampers who prefer to use Staz-on.
I know I am repeating myself but I never request the return of any submissions. That means, if I am pushed for time, trying to get submissions into the mail, then I don’t have the time to deliberate over photographs. The colours look a bit washed out here. I used a soft cream cardbase with Caran d’ache NeoColor II, in deep brown, sepia and bronze to create the splatters.
The stickers had a very shiny surface so I used Staz-on, Timber Brown. It didn’t trouble me if the stamped image wasn’t the perfect size for the actual stickers. I wanted this detail to mimic an official mark in a passport or other such documentation. Hello Sailor! Torn cork brings texture.
I wanted all the cards to be relatively flat, the stickers are really the main embellishments but I also wanted texture, the cork suited the purpose as did a piece of torn packaging. He looked the type of gent who would smoke a pipe.The final card – A Man of Learning. . This stamp is without a doubt my most used masculine photo real stamp, inked up countless times since I first got the April In Paris stamp set.
Pen nibs, where would we be without a pen nib stamp in our stash!I dipped into many Oxford Impressions stamp sets for this quartet. You can source some of the stamps at That’s Crafty and of course at the Austen Gallery which is the Oxford Impressions on-line store.
Thank You to Take Ten for publishing this wee collection in the Summer issue and many thanks to you for taking the time to view them.
14 Jul 2015 18 Comments