Here's my mid-month Masculine themed card to hopefully inspire and encourage you to join in the fun.......
7 x 4 ins piece of watercolour canvas (or for a different texture use watercolour paper)
8 x 6 ins blank greeting card & contrasting card to frame the artwork
Oriental Lattice Stencil
Clarity Stencil Brush
Paperartsy Acrylics - Zesty Zing, Beach Hut, Inky Pool
Pebeo Patinating Wax - Empire Gold
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Tropical Fish & Coral stamp set
Small fish from the Harbour Scene stamp set
Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens - Kingfisher, Bud Green, Sunflower & Meadow
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Aquamarine
Used lolly stick
Gathered Twigs & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
White Pen & Fine Black Sharpie Pen
Short length of garden twine & a brad
Start by sweeping the Paperartsy Acrylics randomly across the piece of canvas - small amounts at a time to give a watery effect. I used my fingers for this - lovely & messy!
Next place the stencil where you want it and tape it down to the canvas. Using the stencil brush and a small amount of paint at a time, brush through the Inky Pool acrylic paint sweeping it lightly round the outer edges. I then used a light touch of dark blue Distress Crayon to add definition in small areas, worked in with my finger and did the same with the wax to give a luminescence.
Stamp the fish in Archival Ink, wait for the ink to dry fully before colouring in with the Spectrum Noir Aqua pens. I also highlighted parts of the fish with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Snap the ends off the lolly stick and use the middle piece for your sign. Wipe it onto the Distress Ink pad for a variegated colouring to the wood. Once dry, write "Gone Fishing" with the white pen.
Tie a knot in each end of the twine and glue onto the sign. Once the glue has dried, make a small hole in the canvas with a sharp point and use the brad to attach the sign in the corner.
After assembling the card, when I was drawing on the bubbles with the black sharpie, I scribbled on what I thought was the scrap paper underneath to check the pen, but it was the edge of the main card!
All was not lost - I guillotined the edge off the card and using Peacock Feathers Distress ink, used the fish stamp and added his tail down the inside edge of the card. Works ok I think......?
Hope you like it and don't forget you have until the 30th June if you haven't already entered the competition to showcase your artwork and win yourself a £50 Claritystamp voucher.
If you're stuck for ideas, check out the other Design Team artwork for some inspiration.
Good luck xxx