Sunday, 21 July 2019

…liquid quintessence of concentrated sun-beams

Sharing a male birthday card featuring three of the stamps from the Wine Blueprint set by Tim Holtz.

Well, part of three of the stamps because I’m playing along at Less is More, where they want to see small images.  Small being defined at less than 2".  Not sure if cropping down larger ones counts but that’s what I did and I really love how it turned out.  The middle circle is 2", the others are slightly smaller.  Each of the stamps were stamped in Antique Linen, except the wine glass, I did that in Tumbled Glass, and then water coloured in more Distress Inks.  A touch of white pencil for some highlights and I’ve got to admit these are my fav water colourings of all time.

For the layout of my card I’ve followed the current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, it gave me those fab circles to play with and fit my small images into.  It also went really well with the inspiration photo over at Time Out.  I’ve taken the colours from there too and the old wood in the small bits of designer paper.  Picking up the colouring of the signs in the picture I coloured my Make it Crafty chippie in Tumbled Glass and mounted it on its shadow coloured in black.

Now male cards aren’t always that easy to do but Tim sure does help with his stamps.  This is going out to my manager who is a wine lover so hopefully it will go down well.  Have to say, even if it is masculine in feel, I love the old ship rustic look of it, even if I’m no wine fan myself!

Chalks & Powders etc
Ranger UTEE ~ Clear
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies ~ S4-116 Standard Circles Small
Make it Crafty Single Layered Word Chipboard ~ 2" cheers
Inks & Paints etc
Derwent Coloursoft Pencil ~ C520 Dark Brown
Derwent Pencil ~ Burnisher
Prismacolor Pencil ~ PC938 White
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves & Tumbled Glass
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Bazzill Monochromatic Cardstock ~ Aqua & Brown
Bellbird Paperarts Cardstock ~ Cotton Blend
Lili of the Valley ~ Antebellum

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love the way you cropped these down. You can still see what they are but it's so dramatic! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  2. Your watercoloring is lovely- those grapes! They look good enough to eat (or to press, lol). Fabulous job with the sketch. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  3. That's a very fun sketch to use and still leaves white space which we love at Less Is More! :) Fun way to crop down images too. Thank you for joining us at Less Is More!

  4. Love your idea to crop your images. Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More.

  5. Wow! Who can resist a lovely glass of wine! I can't! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  6. What a fun wine themed card. Love how you used partial images. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  7. Great card for a wine-lover! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!


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