May 14, 2008

Airbrushed Hawaiian Shirt

I'm just getting back to those male cards we were talking about last week. Today I'm using Karen Lockhart's Hawaiian Shirt image. It's one of those images that once you actually stamp it, the detail comes to life. If you look closely, you can see that I colored in surfboards, tropical flowers and palm trees with Copic markers. What a fun image for guy cards. I tried and tried to get Eric to wear Hawaiian shirts back in the day but no luck....he's just not a Hawaiian shirt kinda guy. I always liked the casual look of a fella sporting a fun Hawaiian shirt, Khaki shorts and strappy sandals....but not my guy, he's a KU tshirt, Nike shorts and tennis shoes man. Oh well!


For the main image, I airbrushed it with two Copic colors (which do not show up well in my photos today for some reason). I picked two colors that I used to color the main image and airbrushed while leaving the Spellbinder's Nestabilities Die Template still over the cut image. I didn't mask my stamped image, I was just careful to not go over it much with the airbrush.

I also decided to stick my airbrushed image back into my long Nestabilities die and make an outline with a Copic Multiliner. These are FANTASTIC little markers. I use them all the time to make horizon lines, little squiggles around flowers, etc. They come in lots of tip thicknesses and the barrel is constructed of a nice metal which gives them a nice weight while working with them.
I assembled my card and added an AMuse sentiment to a narrow oval which was cut and embossed and then layered onto a larger scallop narrow oval. I love adding sentiments to cards that are generic in nature. I can use this card for my Father's Day stash and if it doesn't get used, I can move it over to my male birthday card stash. I keep the inside of the card blank to keep it's intended use flexible. Now see where my finger is pointing to? I thought that area was a little unbalanced after I finished my card. What to do, what to do?
I thought another sentiment might be fitting but couldn't find anything suitable. Then I found the tiny little *Father* sentiment from Papertrey's Mixed Messages. I stamped it on a little strip of cardstock and it was the perfect touch.
Here's my finished card. It feels so good to finally have some nice guy images to use!! And don't be afraid to use ribbon and little scallops on male cards. The secret to keeping the card looking *buff* is to keep it tailored enough that it doesn't turn into a fru-fru card. By keeping the ribbon flat and NOT adding tied bows and keeping the scallops small, I think that both elements work well on this card. Patterned paper that is suitable for males works well too. I use a lot of Crate Paper because it has wonderful male colors, stripes and has a nice distressed look. Hope you enjoy!!

Other Supplies: Copic Sketch markers, Copic Multiliner Pen, Copic Airbrush System, Spellbinder's Die Templates....available at Ellen's online store.

16 comments:

Otter said...

you are amazing!! i love the father's added to the bottom!!

Karen said...

This is a perfect man card. I just love coloring the Lockhart stamps. They are so detailed and they do just come to life when colored. I live in Portland OR and some of my friends and I took a trip to Seattle a few weeks ago. I picked up a bunch of her images there. You do her images justice. Thanks for sharing

Michelle said...

Wow, this is just amazing! What a cool card.

Charmingdesigns said...

Love what you did with the air brush!! Laurie

salusa63 said...

Very cute. thanks for another idea for a masculine card - those are the hardest for me!

StamperSharon said...

LOL, Michelle -- I got this shirt specifically for my hubby's Father's Day card (his standard attire outside of work) . . . you'll see it soon! ;) Love the little Father sentiment you added and your airbrushing is a wonderful touch to these manly papers!

2stampis2b said...

Wow, your work continues to amaze me! Another great project...

cruzinkellster said...

Beautiful...I Love your Cards...
I'm still trying to get better at my airbrushing...

Diana said...

Great "guy" card. I'm so interested in these copic markers you use. Sounds like they are fun to work with & versitile, too.

leenda said...

Excellent!!

jenstamps said...

Finally a card for my dad! He doesn't golf, or fish, or like old cars. I so have to order this stamp!!!

I am so glad I stopped by your blog today! This card is awesome!!!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh how cool is this??!!! I love that design and a Hawaiian Shirt is so great for a masculine card!! And WOW!!! An Airbrush system looks waaaaaaaaaaay coool!!!!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Great card! I love it!!

DeeDee said...

WOW, I love this card Mish!!! Perfect Dad's Day Card!!!!!

KooKie said...

These are all amazing but that father's day one is tops!!!

Wave Shoppe said...

Sorry about the late post, I saw this post a few weeks ago but the 15th was my b-day and I have been goofing off since then. Nonetheless I wanted to say that I loved the Fathers Day card.

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