I hope you have had a good week. This week’s project is dedicated to my Father-in-law who is a naval veteran of World War II. Last week hundreds of British D-Day veterans were in Arronmanches, Normandy for a series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the greatest military invasion in history. On Friday 6th June he was interviewed by Chris Evans for Radio 2. This will be the last reunion that he will attend as his sight is failing and travelling is becoming difficult. He has three sons, three gorgeous daughters-in-law (I’m biased) and seven grandchildren, we are all very proud of him. This September he will be 90 and we are planning something very special to celebrate.
As soon as I saw the Nautical Stamps that Sam Poole had designed I knew I had to do something special for Grandad. This page started life as white 12” x 12” piece of card. Blue and white is so nautical and blue is his favourite colour. To get the stripes even I used masking tape and I covered the whole sheet edge to edge to get the spacing right. Then I removed alternate stripes. I used a blue Distress Ink to ink all over the page. If you look carefully the inking has a bit of texture, this is residue from the masking tape. If you don’t want this, use an Anti Static bag all over the page before you put the masking tape down and this should prevent it from happening. I used the 'Netting Stamp' and 'Perfect Medium' to stamp randomly over the page and them I heat embossed it alternately with a 'White Detailed Embossing powder' and a 'Clear Detail Embossing powder'. To finish the whole thing off I inked around the edges with a dark blue Distress Ink.
I stamped all the nautical stamps ('Light house', 'Just for You', 'Ship in a Bottle' and the 'Lantern' along with the 'Father' sentiment) onto white card with Colbalt Blue Archival ink this was then heat embossed with a Cosmic Shimmer Embossing powder with a blue tinge. They were all cut out by hand except the Just for You where I used a Spellbinders die. I made frames for the photo, map and sentiment using my Spellbinder dies and using a plain rectangular die on the inside to create a frame. Finally I printed the word Grandad on the computer and I cut another Spellbinder die in a matching colour to mount it. The whole thing was stuck together with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.
When Sam showed this on Create and Craft, I’d put a note on the back to explain the page to her, she read it out for everyone to hear I was very touched by this. My plan is to put the page into a frame and give it to him on his birthday. He always loves the the cards I make for him, as he is loosing his sight I try to give them texture and shape.
I want to add to this post the card I made for my Mother-in-laws birthday as it features poppies it seemed appropriate.
For this I used a Sweet Poppy stencil with Distress ink. Then I covered it with Translucent Paste and finally with Microbeads. The Happy Birthday stamp is by Sam Poole and comes with a set of useful sentiments. The poppy die is a Spellbinders die.
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