Friday, 22 June 2012

Mustaches for Father's Day

Hi All!  Tonight I thought I'd share the card I made for our Dads for father's day. I'm late because I didn't want to post this before I mailed them and me being me I mailed them at the very last second.   I was originally going to make a card specific to each, but since they are all current or former 'mustache men', and I loved this card so much, they each got one.

I started with the stamps.  I was looking at stamps online when I was getting ready to make this card and I was thinking that I wished I had a mustache stamp or some patterned paper.  Then I thought, why don't I carve my own stamps?  Problem solved!

The stamps didn't turn out perfectly, but I think that's part of the charm.  Once I had the stamps, I started by choosing the card stock, some coordinating ink, and some Bazzill Basics newsprint paper that I must admit I've been 'saving' for a special occasion, lol.

On a piece of cream card stock I stamped a series of mustaches with the orange and beige inks, using the smaller stamps.  I cut all of the papers down to the size I wanted and inked the edges of everything with either shade of ink.

I stamped the larger mustache in black and cut it out.  I assembled the background panel, including the newsprint, added twine, and adhered it to the card front.  I assembled the smaller panel, added the handwritten tag and some mini brads, and adhered it to the card front with foam squares.  The big mustache was adhered with more foam squares.

For the center I just added an inked piece of cream matted with orange, and one of the smaller mustaches stamped in black in the corner.  Simple and lots of room for hand written sentiments. :)

I used the following supplies:

Cardstock:  Recollections Kraft, Stampin' Up! Dusty Durango, Very Vanilla, Basic Black.  Bazzill Basics Antique Newsprint.

Stamps:  Hand carved mustaches.

Ink:  Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink  Creamy Brown, Tangerine.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam squares.

Embellishments:  Recollections mini brads, hemp twine from stash.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, sponge, Stampin' Up! Large Tag Punch.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
  1. Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges - Use 3 of something.  (3 mustache stamps, 3 ink colours, and I wrapped the twine 3 times around the card front).
  2. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges - Boy Attitude
  3. Simon Says Stamp and Show - A bit of brown


Candy C said...

Very cute Father's Day card and great ingenuity!!! If you can't find the mustache stamp you want, carve your own!! I like your layered design on the front and the bits of wrapped twine really compliment your card's already masculine feel. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Janis said...

How in the world do you carve your own stamps? That is way cool. I saw your card and the first thing I thought was, "I wish I had a mustache stamp." Then it was, "Oh look, she's got mustache background paper. Where did she get that?" Then I was FLOORED to learn you carved the stamp. Do you have instructions somewhere on your blog for that? You have GOT to do a video for that for one of our challenges. Okay, you don't HAVE to, but that would be so cool! You are sooooo talented! Thanks for entering this into the PDE Challenges this week. Hugs!! :) Janis

The EmBellished Card - Belinda said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! I love that you carved you own stamps. I have done that with potatoes and simple (checkerboard, stars, etc.) designs, but to carve mustache stamps??? That is just so cool!!! What is the carving medium? You are very creative. Glad you are on the PDE Team!

Cathy Clouston said...

There is actually a video already from the Frugal Crafter which I linked to on this post:
Its a lot easier than you think! :)

Cathy Clouston said...

Thanks Belinda! I used a linoleum cutter and Speedball Speedy-Cut, which is a block of white rubber that is really easy to carve. It is a touch crumbly though and I've read that that Speedy-carve is supposed to be better for stamp carving. Speedy-cut is just what my local art store had. When I am finished with the block I have (you can get a ton of stamps from it!) I think I will order some of the speedy-carve online. Its really fun!

Monika Reeck said...

really cute fathers how you made...home made stamp wohooo very creative...good luck with the challenge :)

I am also joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, my creation is number 181, would you mind to see it in my Blog :) Many thanks before :) hugs, Monika

Boots And Bling Time said...

Wow...this is awesome! Mustache paper....wood carving...awesome!

Wendy Fraser said...

Wow, what a fun card! No wonder you wanted to make a few. Lovin' you handmade stamps too. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy xxx

mum of two said...

Cathy, it is CRAZY how awesome the mustaches look! You are gifted. I love this card! Thanks for playing with us at Pause Dream Enjoy this week. Hope to see you again soon :)


Expressions By Elaine said...

WOW, that is awesome!
Your card & background paper is fantastic!

Thanks for joining us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge:)