Manly Card Monday #5 – Lager Top Card

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I felt like making a fun, punny card for today, so I dug out this beer stamp and got to thinking what sentiment I could make out of it.

The obvious was ‘Happy Beer-thday’, which I knew would go in the middle of the card. While thinking up puns, I started to stamp and colour my beer-jug image.

Lager Top card

Using Tombow and Whispers Strokes markers, I did a tiny bit of shading with grey on the foam and coloured in the jug with a sort of ochre colour that I think works quite well for this stamp. I also brought in orange for some dimension, but in the end I mostly used the yellow and kept layering it on to make it darker in the shaded areas.

Just using scissors, I cut around my images, leaving a white border so it looks as if they’ve been die-cut. (I didn’t feel up to messing about with that space between the jug and the handle, so that’s why I decided to leave a border.)

My sentiment had come to me at this point. Using Milo’s  ABCs from Lawn Fawn, I assembled ‘Lager Top of the Morning to Ya’, and stamped this not once, but twice, in the same place so that I got a slightly messier, almost distressed look.

After adhering the beer jugs, I took a ruler and a normal ballpoint pen and drew a simple border around my card. As it’s just a regular writing pen, the lines didn’t go down perfectly, but I felt this added to the less-than-perfect look I was going for so I was pleased with that.

Lager Top inside

Using the same alphabet stamps, I stamped “Happy Beerthday” inside the card and drew a second border around that too. (I’m sad that there’s no hyphen in this stamp set – I’m a grammar Nazi so it was hard accepting that I had to spell it that way!)

Products Used:

Beer jug clear stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/papercraft/stamping-and-embossing/clear-stamps

Whispers Strokes brush markers – http://www.littlecraftybugs.co.uk/craft-supplies/stationery/pens-for-adults/whispers-strokes-dual-tip-brush-marker-rich-pink.html

Tombow markers – http://www.tomboweurope.com/abt-dual-brush-pen-en.html?category=painting-and-drawing

Milo’s ABCs – http://www.craftie-charlie.co.uk/lawn-fawn-clear-alphabet-letter-stamps-milo-s-abc-lf559.html

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“Sorry You’re Leaving” Tag

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My friend is leaving work this week and I haven’t felt up to making a card. So I decided to make her a tag to go on her leaving present instead. After cats, her favourite animal is an octopus, so I put Lawn Fawn’s “Critters in the Sea” in the spotlight.

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Firstly, I stamped the octopus on stripy pink paper from the Let’s Polka collection. I heat-embossed him to make him nice and bold on the patterned paper and got to work fussy-cutting.

Then I die-cut one gift-tag from plain card and one from patterned vellum. This vellum has little swirls on it that are almost like seashells so it worked well for this ocean theme.

The waves are stamped in Distress Ink, but this can be a bit full-on so I decided not to put it on my project until I had already stamped it on some scrap paper off to the side. Next, I took the “just waving hello” sentiment as well as Milo’s Alphabet stamps, and stamped only the ‘just waving’ part, spelling BYE underneath.

I cut the vellum into a banner and foam-adhered the octopus. Then I hole-punched some leftover patterned paper and stuck the white tag on top, so I could cut around it to make a border. Lastly, I threaded yellow baker’s twine through – I love the pink and yellow together.

I also stamped “Sorry you’re leaving” on the back in those same alphabet stamps, but I didn’t think to take a picture – sorry!

Products Used:

Gift tag die –
http://www.averyelle.com/die-gift-tags-elle-ments/

Let’s Polka paper pad –http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/Lets-Polka-6×6-Paper-Pad/p/33128625/category=10168036

‘Just waving’ sentiment, octopus and waves stamps –http://www.lawnfawn.com/products/critters-in-the-sea

Alphabet stamps –
http://www.lawnfawn.com/products/milos-abcs

Baker’s twine –
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/251823245054?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

Decorative edged scissors –
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiskars-Pinking-Paper-Edger-Pink/dp/B000MARFWO/ref=sr_1_4?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1424200971&sr=1-4&keywords=fiskars+scissors+decorative

Distress Ink “Peacock Feathers” –
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=107249&c=0