Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Surfer Birthday

I was so excited to see this great surfer stamp, Extreme Surfboard, when it came out in the current Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog. I have two surfers in the family, my son and my nephew, and both are sure to receive a birthday card made with this A La Carte stamp. Sadly, this stamp is retiring on June 30th, along with the set used for the greeting, All Holidays. Now is your last chance to own these versatile stamps.

This card was inspired by one made from another Stampin' Up! demonstrator whom I greatly admire. The waves were created by using a direct-to-paper technique, meaning that you swipe the stamp pad directly on the card stock. This is a lot easier than it sounds. This was my first try at it and I think it came out OK. Just use one edge of the stamp pad and swipe it in a curving motion to make the wave. Do it several times in the ink colors listed, below (except black), for an oceanic feel. The surfer was stamped in Pacific Point ink, then colored over with a black marker. I used a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to assure he was placed exactly where I wanted him. The white specks of water were added with a white Gel Pen.
Stampin’ Up! products used:
Stamp sets: Extreme Surfboard, All Holidays
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink pads: Basic Black, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery
Markers: Basic Black
Tools: Stampin' Sponge, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Accessories: Neutrals Brads
(Note: these items are available in limited quantities so order soon!)


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