Updated February 15, 2018 with the removal of the link to the challenge blog, Without Words as it was closed down after the December 2015 challenge.

    Hello!  It’s the first Monday of the month which means a brand new monthly challenge over at Without Words. I am so honored to be invited over as their guest designer for this month!  The theme is For The Boys.

    For my Guest Design card, I am making a birthday card, using this handsome little pirate call Pirate Adventure, part of the A Random Fan rubber stamps collection.  Isn’t he adorable?

    I framed the image using Spellbinder Classic Rectangle die frame and sponged the edges with distressed ink (Vintage Photo) to give that “old world, pirate-vintage” feel.   I carried through with this look by adding stripes of old world map designer paper from my stash to the base card and again, sponged up the edges of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment tag.


    Copic Color Combo:

    HAT: N0, N4, N6, N8, RV25, R46, R89

    HAIR: E31, E33, E35, Multi-liner pen 0.05

    SKIN TONE: E0000, E000, E00, E01

    TOP: RV25, R46, R89, B000, B32, B34


    SWORD/BOAT: E30, E42, E44, E84


    WATER: B000, B32, B34


    A quick tip on how I colored the water.

    I first colored in the entire area with B000 (lightest), then working from the boat outward, I added strokes of the darkest shade (B34). Pull in B32 (mid-tone) at the ending tip of B34 and work outward. Finally, blend B32 into B000 by pulling from the ending tip of B32 outward with B000.

    I hope you can come along and join us for this month challenge fun over at Without Words. While you’re there, please don’t forget to check out the gorgeous creations from the Word Birds DT themselves!


    Copic markers/multi-liner pen
    Rubber stamp: A Random Fan’s Pirate Adventure
    Sentiment: Happy Birthday wooden block – from Stampin-Up!
    Ink: Momento Black, distressed ink-vintage photo
    Dies: Spellbinders Classic Rectangle and Classic Squares
    Craft scissor
    Copic X-press blending paper
    Cardstock – cream
    Old world map designer paper – from my stash

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