Saturday, July 28, 2012

Masculine Encouragement Card with the Deconstructed Sketch

My mind is still thinking about the wonderful times we had taking the grandchildren to the ocean for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Something about watching the waves continually roll in and seeing the water going as far as the eye can see gives me an appreciation of the immense power of God. There's also something soothing to the soul to hear the unstoppable rhythm of the waves, puncutated by the occasional calls of birds.

I wanted to work with an image of the sea, so I decided to use this lovely lighthouse and matching papers from Clear Dollar Stamps, "Sheltering Lights." I chose a sketch from the Deconstructed Sketch #62.

I printed the papers that accompany this digital image on 4x6 Colonial White cardstock, instead of the 8.5 x 11 that was the default size. The way you do this in Photoshop is simply to change the image size. That made the stripes and waves a great size for a small card. I wanted the card to be 4.25 x 5.5" so I can eventually send it to Stars and Stamps Operation Write Home. I also tried to keep the embellishments rather flat so it's easier for the service men to mail.

The blue ricrac is under the image instead of over it, but I liked the way it resembles the theme of ocean waves. I chose yellow for the photo corner on top to resemble the light given by a lighthouse. I added streaks of glitter glue as an extra source of light and embellishement.

For additional encouragement, the inside uses one of the verses that comes with this set of images:

"I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12 

May God's Word be a source of encouragement for you as you make decisions and may He comfort as well as guide you during difficult times.

Challenges for this card:
The Deconstructed Sketch #62
Stars and Stamps Operation Write Home - encouragement
Crafting for All Seasons #32 - Splash Me
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #24 - The Sea
Alphabet Challenge Blog -  M - for Men
Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge #128 - Beach/Pacific Coast Highway
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Challenge - Water


Diane Vander Galien said...

Very Pretty!! Great color combo!!! Love the pops of black accents!! Great texture and layers!!! Thanks for playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments, Diane

paperfun said...

This is a wonderful masculine card. You thought out so many details and all of your attendtion makes really special.

Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.


Erika Clark said...

Pretty card! I love the little touch of glimmer, and your wavy ric rac. The scripture is the perfect addition! Thanks for sharing it with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments! Erika

pinky said...

A very uplifting card and post. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.

cotnob said...

This is a great card, fab image and I love the way you have used the ric rac.
Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

Bev said...

Always enjoy seeing cards with a lighthouse. Love all the texture.

ebeth9267 said...

My oh my this is a gorgeous card. I love the rick rack and how it resembles waves. Beautiful! Thanks for being a part of this week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Smiles, Elizabeth

inkedx2 said...

Great card with lots of eye appeal. Your coloring is fabulous and all the elements really make this a WOW card. Thanks for playing with us this week at HSS.

Donna Nuce said...

Beautiful card and sentiment. TFS

Lesley said...

Lovely card! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet's "Men Only' challenge xx