Hello, crafty tribe! Today I’m sharing a fun card that’s perfect to send to any outdoor-loving guy in your life. I used a brand new stamp set from Catherine Pooler, Fly Daddy, and it’s a great addition to your stash – especially if you struggle for masculine-themed cards. And, not just for Father’s Day, you can send this for birthdays, too!
Let’s get started.
I started off by cutting a piece of Neenah Solar White Card (80lb) to be 4.25” x 5.5” and used a cloud stencil (turned upside down!) to create the waves, but you could also use the CPD Melon Edge Die for this technique and it would work just as well.
To get the offset on the wave, I first used Peacock Feathers. I made sure to use a light pressure and keep close to the stencil (we aren’t really going to blend as such so just enough to give the effect of lighter wave crests.) After I got a bit of color down, I moved the stencil just a touch below the first and then went in with Salty Ocean. I used a bit more color and went further away from the stencil. Don’t go too far because I found it best to start my next wave line right as the darker blue was ending and the card was mostly white.
After you have all your wave lines, you can go little areas that seem a bit too white and blend the color to suit.
To finish off the front panel, I used Versamark Watermark Ink to stamp the all various bait and tackle (included in the set) to create a subtle background. (So subtle I could hardly get it to show up in the photos!) I then used Versamark Onyx Black to stamp the sentiment and fishing pole, masking the (fishing) line with Post-It Tape since I would draw in my own line later to make sure everything lined up properly.
To get the scalloped window to line up exactly to the card base (100lb Neenah), I placed the scalloped oval die on the cover panel where my fish would hang, then placed that on top of the card base (keeping the card base open!) and ran all of it through the die machine together. It didn’t cut through the card base, but did allow me to know exactly where to place the die since it made an indentation in the perfect place.
INKING INSIDE THE CARD
To match the waves, I simply laid my stencil down on the inside-right panel and closed the card so I could line up the waves on the inside. I like the depth the waves give when the card is open! I didn’t worry about making it too exact but I ended up doing almost exactly the same placement as the cover panel anyway!
SPINNING FISH ELEMENT
The last thing to do was to stamp the longer, symmetrical fish two times using Distress Oxide Iced Spruce on Neenah Solar White. I fussy cut them out and used Brutus Monroe Glitter Pen to give them a bit of (manly) sparkle and set them aside. Then I cut a bit of clear fishing line and black elastic thread for my fish to hang from and spin on. I attached the black at the top and the clear at the bottom using a thin bit of Scor-Tape. Make sure to press down really well and even fold the thread over and tape again if possible so it doesn’t loosen up over time. I applied Tombow to the rest of the fish and glued the two together so that the stamped side was always facing out.
Then line up the fishing line to the cover panel and do the same technique to adhere – definitely making sure to fold over to keep the line tout after lots of spinning around! Now, simply line up and glue the front panel to the card base. Last, using a black pen, draw the fishing line in from the rod to where the black elastic line meets.
Watch the spinner in action over on YouTube here!
And, that’s all there is to it! Do you have a fishing fanatic in your family? I know I do so I’ll get lots of use out of this fabulous stamp set.
See y’all next time!
Find These Products:
STAMP: CPD Fly Daddy
DIE: CPD Melon Edge Die
MARKERS: Brutus Monroe Glitter Pen