Brick & Beer Retirement Card!

Welcome to the August 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month we’re going to “Cut It Out”. Participants will feature projects with “cuts” from punches, dies, Framelits, Edgelits, or Thinlits.

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Brick & Beer Retirement Card! Inker's Workshop. with matching envelope

Most of us look forward to the day we no longer have the daily grind of a 9-5 job!  Retirement is one of the biggest milestones in our life, and it’s cause for a bit of celebration!  This Brick & Beer Retirement Card would be perfect for the new retiree who loves ’em some suds, don’t you think?

Brick & Ber Retirement Card! Inker's Workshop 2017

I don’t drink beer, but I love those little pubs and coffee shops that have all the exposed brick on the walls and the industrial lighting… I could spend hours in those places!  That’s what this card reminds me of…comfortable surroundings and being with good friends, something we all look forward to doing more of once we retire!

Brick & Beer Retirement Card! Inker's Workshop 2017 Beer Mug

How adorable is this little mug!!  It’s stamped on Crushed Curry card stock in Black Archival ink. After fussy cutting the mug, I colored in the handle and edges with a Crumb Cake marker, and added more ink with a Sponge Dauber to make the beer appear darker at the bottom. A Basic Black marker was used around all the edges to help define the shape. I stamped another mug on Whisper White, and cut out the “foam” by hand (also colored with Crumb Cake) and then layered it on top with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.  HINT: If you slightly off set the white foam, it will add more dimension. When finished, the mug was layered onto a circle cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits…I think those little stitches add so much detail to any project!

See that greeting?  It’s made using the Classic Label Punch.  Stamp, emboss and punch out your greeting.  Punch out a second label, cut it in half down the center (vertically) and glue it to the back side of the first label, extending the ends out past the original to get this layered look!  HINT: if you use Multipurpose Liquid Glue here, you can move it around to get perfect placement.

That brick background is a happy accident!!  It’s dry embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder on Whisper White Thick card stock. I tried to experiment and rub Black Archival Ink all over it so the “grout” would stand out (I do this all the time, but have never used the Black Archival Ink)…what a mess I had, ink all over me and big circles on the brick where the dauber landed, not such a good look.  So,I spritzed it…gasp!  This is not what archival ink is meant for….this must be what living life on the edge feels like…lol!

We’ve been told over and over that the Whisper White card stock will pill and not hold up to water, and it’s true, I’ve had it happen. However, with this experiment, I broke the rules and it worked!  Remember, the bricks were already embossed on the Thick Whisper White, so I made sure not to soak the paper, and I did not rub it at all. I lightly sprayed it, holding it away from the main force of the water, and I got a great result! It smoothed out those weird circles and there are some pretty green and purple hues of color seeping out from the black ink. I laid it upside down and put an ink pad on top to keep it flat, and when it was dry… it looked great!  I roughed up the edges, tore down one side and then inked the edges in black and Crumb Cake. It’s layered onto some black card stock (with torn edges) and more ink splats were added to finish it off. It’s fun to experiment, don’t you think?  You never know what will happen!

Love me some ink!

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Brick & Beer Retirement Card! — 24 Comments

  1. WOW…WOW…WOW!!! Soooo darn clever! I just love it when I see cards like this and just smile from ear to ear! SUPER FUN and oh so unique!

  2. Karen, this card is so cool! I love your “accident” with the brick 🙂 and the sentiment layers are just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is so awesome! That brick wall is to die for amazing!!! And your mug of fun is perfect!!! The best though is how you layered the sentiment!!! Awesome all around

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