Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Helen Broxap

Friday, 31 August 2012

Seaside cards for the men using Clarity Stamps and ProMarkers

I know it is always a bit difficult making cards for men. Since I've invested in some Clarity seaside and lighthouse stamps the cards I've been making have seemed to go down pretty well! I've also been developing my promarker style and love using them for moody backgrounds, landscapes and seas and have really enjoyed using them in a bit of a different way to what we normally see on crafty cards.  Some other examples can be found here and here. To me they are just another medium to exercise my love of colour blending to achieve depth and atmosphere.  Let me know what you think - would love to hear your comments...

Anyway, here's the first - a 60th birthday card for a friend who loves messing about on boats!
Decorated with a bit of faux suede cord tied in a reef knot (can you tell I was a girl guide!) and a little punched and stamped 60.

Close up of the colouring. Having just got back from Anglesey, the sky and sea are pretty accurate - not exactly Mediterranean blue in this climate!

The second card is for my cousin who moved to Anglesey last year and being a rocky island there are plenty of lighthouses around the coast.  So Barbara's lighthouse stamp was perfect!  I wanted to achieve a bit of the stormy atmosphere around the lighthouse that we often get there so lots of dark blues and greys.
There is a lighthouse just of Penmon Point (one of my favourite places on this enchanted island) which really inspired me - wonder if Barbara has been there too?!
Not sure if he's got it yet but hope he likes it!

Would to hear what you think of these cards. I know I don't have many followers but I do appreciate everyone who takes time to to look at my little creations.

Helen x


Karen said...

These are absolutely gorgeous Helen. I love your fab colouring with the PM's. Your skills are amazing. No matter how much I practise I will never be this good - they really are something special, I especially love the lighthouse below K x

Anonymous said...

I love the lighthouse and how did you find the real one to compare it against?! LOL xxx R xxx

Helen said...

It's either a photo Lindsay or I took when we were there. It looks a bit arty so it was probably Lindsay's! And Karen - you put yourself down too much - your colouring is great. H xxx

Tamara King said...

Helen these are lovely. Your colouring is gorgeous ... you need to give me a lesson! x