One of my new favorite stamp sets is Mixed Drinks. It has so many fun elements to design delicious, “Summery” cards. What’s even better is that I can use this set for both feminine and masculine cards!
We have a friend that is so generous to our kids. He is constantly showering them with gifts. Recently, he gave them both money … my son for graduating from college, and my daughter to spend on accessories for her new car. Someone this thoughtful and generous deserves a seriously special thank you card!!!
The challenge for me is that our friend is a guy, and I don’t have that many supplies for masculine cards. I seem to always struggle with this. For ladies, it’s no problem, break out the flowers and butterflies. But, for guys … umm I feel like my cards are frequently boring, and I really didn’t want this one to be boring. I wanted it to look like I put in EFFORT!
Our friend is a bachelor and likes the night life, so I thought this stamp set would work well. My concept was to design a line of fun, vibrant drinks in bright colors.
I stamped all the glasses and most of the elements with Basic Black Archival ink on watercolor paper. I even stamped the sentiment on watercolor paper so it would match.
To paint, I mostly chose colors in the Brights family. That way, I knew everything would coordinate. I threw in a few other colors, such as Lemon Lime Twist (for obvious reasons) and Crushed Curry for contrast on the lemon.
I used an Aqua Painter for all the watercoloring by squeezing my pads to pool the ink. Tip: For drinks, remember that you’re painting both the inside contents and the glass itself. So, first I painted the contents leaving a border where the thickness of the glass exists. Then, I used Pacific Point ink to paint the glasses themselves going all the way out to the edges.
Lastly, the upper section of the background is also watercolor paper. I used Pacific Point ink to paint a watercolor wash there.
Supplies used on my card: