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Friday, February 06, 2015

A card for my dad

Hey everyone,
I wanted to show you a card that I gave to my dad a little while ago. He's always been one of my biggest supporters. I remember making cards to "auction" to him and my grandparents for .10 cents and .20 cents when I was just a little person. 20 years later I'm still making cards. Makes me smile to think about. Continuity :)
I still show him all of my creations and look forward to his always enthusiastic response and critique. I've learned a lot of what I know about composition and design from him. Better yet, I learned how important it is to show enthusiasm. I can hear it in his voice and feel the excitement off of him when he sees something that inspires him. It's wonderfully contagious!
When I showed him this card before Christmas he loved it! I knew from his response that it belonged to him. How could I give it to anyone else when it made him so happy? I guess this post is for him too. Just want to say Thank You dad for teaching me about art, but more importantly for showing me how to get excited about it :) I'm so thankful for your continued influence in my life!
To make this card, I made a background with Dylusions ink sprays. When it was dry I rubbed green Distress Ink through my Maidenhair Fern stencil.
I then coated the background with Golden Matte Medium. That gave it the texture that you can see in the second shot. See the paintbrush strokes?
On top of that I used Versa Fine ink to stamp Selini from my stamp collection. I then used Golden acrylic paint to colour it in. I mixed my colours with an iridescent paint from Golden to give it a slightly metallic look (also visible in the second shot). I am in love with Golden iridescent paints. The golds look like liquid gold leaf!!!
Lastly, I added some crackle accents on the wings to give them some dimension and texture. C'est fini!
Oh! And I should probably mention as well that Selini is coming soon as part of an unmounted sheet. I've decided to put my whole moth collection on a 8.5" by 5.5" sheet. It should be ready mid-March. I will keep you posted!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always love reading your comments if you have a moment to leave me one :)
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!


  1. Stunning card Ryn! I'm looking forward to that moth collection too :D

  2. Absolutely stunning .... Love this Ryn xxxxx

  3. I can understand that your Dad love this, the card is so brilliant.
    Big hugs Anja

  4. Fabulous Ryn, thank you for sharing, it's a real treasure...xxx

  5. This is gorgeous Ryn and love the irridescent butterflies and love the maidenhair fern stencil in the background and all pretty mix of colours. Anyone would want to have this card but it is only right that your Dad gets first pick, especially as he is your biggest fan. x

  6. What a great dad to teach you that enthusiasm is so important in life and in creativity ...
    The card looks great,,,the butterflies look so well on this background Ryn.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice weekend, hugss Alie :-)

  7. No wonder your Dad is proud...your card is GORGEOUS Ryn!!!! Thank you for sharing how you made it!
    Paper Hugs,

  8. What a wonderfull card Ryn, no wonder your Dad likes it.
    In the close-up the wings look almost real.....just lovely!!

  9. WOWZERS! Gorgeous card!

  10. Beautifully done. No wonder your father loves it so much. I enjoyed reading about you auctioning off your cards as a child. Who would have guessed this would become a life-long passion.

  11. The incredible card! It's hard to describe all the emotions that it inspires. A little dark, a little golden glow, a mixture of feelings ... The card is excellent. Cracked enamel as always is the perfect finishing touch.

  12. Hi Ryn, this is my 2nd try at leaving comment, hopefully not a duplicate. I love your gorgeous card with the beautiful colours and textures. It's sweet that you gave it to your father who has shared so much of his talent with you. Have a great weekend, Hugs, Shirleyxx

  13. What a beautiful card for your dad!!! He will be a very lucky man to receive this of his very talented daughter!!!


  14. So beautiful Ryn, I love the gorgeous colours and the iridescence on the butterflIes is stunning, xx Zoe xx

  15. Gorgeous card, beautiful colors!
    Groetjes Karin x

  16. This is just stunning! No wonder your dad loves it so much! Bravo! TFS!

  17. A beautiful card Ryn with that lovely technique! But most of all your words touched me about the band with your father! It's so special and important......I still miss my dad......xxmiranda


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