This card is for the Technique Challenge and also the Fan Club Monthly Theme (blending)
My eldest step son has his birthday three days before mine and we are both either on or very close to Mothers day, in fact Andrew was the first baby born on Mothers Day back in 1981.
All the males in our family like beer and the boys / men really like designer beers.
Not sure what sort of beer this is but I'm hoping he will like it, we are all going out to lunch today.
The first challenge is the Technique Challenge to do a background using the the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique first introduced by Tim Holtz using distress inks, Susie aka susie australia also has a version using al-foil and spray starch which she calls the Slap and Squirt technique (uniquely susie lol) This technique is one of my favourites and if you look in my gallery you will find many cards using this technique as back grounds. I have started using baking paper over my craft mat to lay the inks down which is much easier because you just screw it up and through it away once finished, just make sure you don't have any clear stencils in amongst it, lol.
I have also found that using a mini mister to get a fine spray / beading is much better. For this card I swiped some SU inks (and yes they work just as well as distress inks, I have both lol) diagonally across the baking paper sprayed it then plonked the paper into it, lifted it straight up again, let it dry a little about two minutes and then re did areas with the remaining ink to get full coverage. Because the paper was still fairly wet it blended nicely, then I let it all dry while working on the beer mug image.
The Fan Club challenge for this month is blending, anyone would think I was nominating the challenges for this week/month as they are two of my all time favourites, so a blended background and copic blending of the beer mug.
I have used my DecoArt Snow Writer to give the head on the beer some dimension and I have popped up the mug and also the banner on some craft foam. White heat embossed the banner outline and in hindsight I think it would have been better in black but never mind, next time maybe.
Registered: June 18, 2011 Location: Big Island Hawai'i USA Posts: 4742
Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 5:12 PM
Wow, spectacular beer! Your family sounds like our family - we LOVE beer, specialty beers. My favorite is a hefeweizen, icy cold, with a big dripping head down the sides of a frozen mug. Hmmm. I think I need a beer now.
Registered: January 20, 2010 Location: Brampton, Ontario Posts: 19393
Fri, May 11, 2018 @ 1:15 AM
I too am a big beer fan! I love the head you've created for your mug of liquid sunshine! :-) That background is spectacular. I think I need to revisit that technique and practise some more. Wonderful card!
Registered: February 3, 2005 Location: Delray Beach, FL Posts: 34513
Fri, May 11, 2018 @ 11:57 AM
Oh, Marg, happy birthday to you and your step-son Andrew! And Happy Mother's Day! What a fabulous card with this wonderful mug of beer - I LOVE the foam on top! Brilliant, and what a beautifully blended background and a wonderful blend of Copic markers and Distress Inks! Enjoy your weekend, sweet Marg! Hugs and love! xoxo