Monday, June 15, 2009

Never give up!

Happy Monday! Hope you had a nice weekend! I was glad to be home after a week on the road for work.

A few weeks ago, Ellen Hutson posted a tutorial in The Classroom about a technique called ghosting and I thought I would give it a try. The technique involves stamping with white pigment ink, then inking over it to accentuate the stamped image. The white stamped image will resist the ink, leaving a ghost-like effect. I used a wood grain background stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms, stamped with Ranger Snow Cap Pigment ink on a regular shipping tag. I sponged some Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood around the tag to accentuate the wood grain.

Once my tag was complete, I stamped the fly fisherman and sentiment, also from Cornish Heritage Farms, in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Both were cut out using Nestabilities dies (I cut out the fishing line section first, and slid the die under it in order to keep it from being cut by the die) and sponged with the Distress Inks while still in the die. I assembled the card using the Card Architecture Blue Print #1 sketch that Ellen provided in the Ghosting post.

My background paper is a wood grain pattern from Basic Grey's Granola collection. On top of that, I layered my ghosted tag, then a couple of strips of blue papers, also from Granola, then my main image and the sentiment. The sentiment was topped off with a couple of Papertrey Ink's Rustic Wood buttons and twine. The end result is a nice masculine card.

Next week is my one year anniversary of blogging and I'll be giving away some goodies to celebrate, so be sure to check back!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!


Silke Ledlow said...

Awesome masculine card - Robin!!! I love the colors you chose for this card :)!!!

Glad you made it home okay :)!!! Hugs ~S~

Karen said...

STUNNING cards Robin, all are fantastic.

Love Karen x

Janine said...

Hi Robin

Hope all is well with you!! This is such a great card... I have looked at the ghosting technique too but haven't tried it yet...
Have a fabulous day!