Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Global Design Project #234 - Tropical Oasis - A Good Man

What I really enjoy about entering a design challenge is that it gives you a focus for your cards and pushes you in a direction you perhaps had not thought of going.  I think layout sketches are my favourite because the content really is up to you.  

This week's challenge from the Global Design Project - #234 - is just that.  Below was the inspiration sketch.  If you would like to see what the GDP team and other entrants came up with then head on over to their post by following the link below:

Global Design Project - GDP #234

I knew I wanted to play around with some of my DSP for the some masculine cards.  I had a small amount of this Tropical Oasis DSP from my sample pack and wanted a reason to use it.  I think it screams Hawaiian shirt to me and I remembered this image from A Good Man stamp set with the guy relaxing in a deck chair.  It looks just like my husband and how he would sit on holiday or in the garden in summer.

The main layer is simply a 10cm x 14.4cm piece of the DSP, I then cut a 4.5cm x 10 strip which I flip over t the other side for the Soft Suede textured design.  This I passed through an embossing folder, a similar design can be found in the new Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, but I used an old one that I have.  

The image of the man is simply stamped in Momento and coloured in using Blends, but you will notice the pattern detail on his t-shirt?  No I did not colour that to match the DSP is the DSP.  Grab a small scrap of the DSP and stamp in Momento on the top of it - you want the lines.  I only need the t-shirt itself, so it did not need to be a large piece.  I then carefully cut the t-shirt out making sure that I cut outside the black lines to keep them in place.  It then fits perfectly on your original stamped image to form the t-shirt with a matching design.

I love this effect and how it draws your eye to the image.

Take a look at how I mixed up the papers again with the same layout and design.  It can be as versatile as you would like it to be.  Here I added some Gray Granite ribbon and I didn't emboss the banner this time as the DSP had plenty of pattern going through it.


I hope you have been inspired to dig out your DSP with a masculine theme and play around with a simple design like this get some cards made for those guys in your life.  They are always trickier to make I find, but once you have a sketch like this to work with, it's easy to switch it out for all sorts of stamp sets.


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