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MAN-day Monday: On Yer Bike, Son! (& an undeciphered critter)

Bonjour tout le monde! Hey, guess what!? Summer has arrived!!! Yeaaaay!

Oh boy, i’ve been busy. So much to do these days, but its all bags full o’ fun. Speaking of bags…look at this cutie that i picked up last weekend!!

Isn’t it the cutest!? I think its a foxy. Craig thinks its an owl. Who knows what critter it is supposed to be, at least i know its cute! I hope all my junk will fit into it as its much smaller than my current bag.

Today is Monday. That means its time for MAN-day Monday, and here’s our masculine themed card for today!

This card was a bit of an experiment. I first thought of my daddy when i saw this bike. He was a bit of a bicycle geek, collecting and restoring old bikes until his habit got a little  out of control. I find it hard not to associate all black bikes with him. This line of thinking then gave me some inspiration to make a masculine card using this bicycle stamp.

This card is all about the masking! I stamped the black bike first, then masked it with some copy paper and some repositionable glue. It was a little fiddly, but worth it. Once the mask was in place, i stamped the grey bikes with pumice stone distress ink. I dithered over whether to use another colour, but i wanted to maintain a boyish look (so happy i stuck with grey 🙂 x ).

To make sure the background bikes were straight, i used my stampamajig to position them perfectly.

Once all the bikes were stamped, i trimmed the card and distressed the edges with the pumice stone ink and a blending tool, just before removing the mask.  I coloured the balloons with colouring pencils and added glossy accents to give an enamel look. This added dimension to the balloons and also they look really cool when the light shines off them. Its hard to see in the piccys tho.

To finish, the greeting was embossed in white embossing powder and then i smeared the card with black ink, before cutting into shape and adding to the card.

 

Oh, i forgot to say, the stamp is from one of the Unity Stamps kit of the month packs. x

 

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