Saturday, October 15, 2011

For My Brother

My brother Rob's birthday is Oct. 8th and it frequently falls on Thanksgiving weekend. He lives in Alberta but he always makes sure to come home for Thanksgiving. I think he secretly loves the double celebration, and the food, who can blame him right? He has his hunting and fishing guiding course and is an amazing photographer so this outdoor card was made for him. The fisherman is a Silhouette image and I used a one pennant from a pennant banner to make the happy birthday sentiment. For the background I was inspired by the photo at For Your Inspiration. The way the reds, oranges, yellows and blues all flow so seamlessly together is just beautiful. I used my Tim Holtz distress inks in broken china for the water, a little walnut stain for the ground, and pine needles for the trees. I used my Color Box stamps for the sunset and sky.
My lessons learned: this time I created my card on a piece of white cardstock 1/2" smaller than my actual card and attached it to the card when I was finished. I know a lot of card makers do this because it allows them to attach ribbon and brads without changing the inside of the card but for me it took all the stress out of making a mistake. I was able to experiment with my inks and not worry that I would be wasting a card if I didn't like the look. Luckily I really like the look. I think I created a really peaceful scene. Most fisherman will tell you fishing is only partly about catching fish and partly about being out on the water. My brother liked it too.
I would like to share my card at:
Sentimental Sundays anything goes (plus a sentiment),
Pollycraft Monday Challenge boys, boys, boys,
Make It Monday linky party
Southern Girls Challenge slugs and snails and puppydog's tails
The Stamping Boutique someone special (just don't tell my brother that, you know cause he's my brother, hehe)


Anita said...

A gorgeous card and I love the distress inks. Thanks for playing with us in the Pollycraft Challenge this week.

StephC said...

Lovely masculine card! The background is fabulous. So glad you joined us at FYI!

Michelle said...

I love the way you used the inspiration photo to inspire your background on this card. I can see why your brother liked it. Thanks for joining us at FYI!

Faye said...

Wow, this is fab, I just love the use of colour and all the texture you have created. Thanks for playing at Pollycraft this week. x

Sara Mac said...

This is a beautiful card Barb. I love the way you captured the colors of the inspiration photo. Thanks for joining us at FYI.

Cazza said...

This is a great male card, I love all the colours you've used.
Thanks for playing along in our Boys, Boys, Boys challenge this week over at Pollycraft :o)

dstandard said...

What a beautiful card - love it! Thanks for playing at FYI!

Sandy S said...

Beautiful card Barb! Good luck & thanks for playing with us at The Stamping Boutique!

Sandy :)

Lisa Minckler said...

Your fly fisherman is wonderful! Truly a unique and masculine silhouette card.
Please be sure to add your link to Make It Monday in your list and thank you so much for joining us.
Lisa xx

Merlyn said...

Hi..I am popping from MIM.. You brother will surely like it..Inking is done well..Simple and nice card:)Very colourful:)


loz said...

Fantastic Men's card Barb.. Popped in from Make-it-Monday for a look..Loz

Keva said...

What a great card! I love the coloring. Thanks for joining us at FYI!

Vickie Kertz said...

Perfect manly card. Love the look. I saw it on MIM

Debby said...

Just catching up after a holiday - this is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at FYI.