Distress Ink Watercoloured Retirement Card

So after pondering for 12 months my Dad has finally decided that the time has come to retire. I think this was hurried by my own battle with health last year, which made him question alot of things. But of course retiring amid a global pandemic means that normal send offs are out of the question. So I thought a card may be nice to at least mark the occasion. 

I am entering this card into the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which this week is Big Celebration themed Full details are here

My dad is a very family orientated man so I decided to use this stamp as I could chose the sentiments that are in the signpost. For this I chose Home, Love, Happiness and Adventure and stamped the sentiment 'Life is about the journey not the destination' which I felt was meaningful at retirement.

As always a video tutorial is available on my YouTube Channel Mrs H's Crafty Corner

What I used

1 Piece of A4 Cardstock in Olive by Papermania
1 Piece of White Card 5 3/4 Inch by 4 Inch
Black Ink Pad
Stamp Easy Stamp Press
Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps The Great Outdoors (free with Ossue 82 Creative Stamping Magazine)
Watercoloured Brush
Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs and Bundled Sage
Dovecraft Lost and Found Paper Pad cut to 4 1/2 Inch by 6 1/4 Inch
Dovecraft Embossing Ink
Papermania Black Embossing Powder
Score Board
Double Sided Tape
Paper Trimmer
Heat Tool


On a piece of white card measuring 5 3/4 Inch by 4 Inch I stamped the signpost, tiny footprints and the sentiment. I chose the words happiness, love, home and adventure to go on the signpost.

Using a watercolour brush I first applied distress ink in brushed corduroy to the entire signpost. I used Gathered Twig to shade areas and soothed Brundle sage under the signpost to give the appearance of grass

Using a piece of paper from the Dovecraft Lost and Found Paper Pad I cut a panel which measured 4 1/2 Inch by 6 1/4 Inch. The watercoloured image was adhered using double sided tape

The olive A4 card was cut to 10 1/4 Inch by 6 3/4 Inch and scored at 5 1/8th Inch

The image was then adhered to the front using double sided tape

Inside the card Happy Retirnent was heat embossed using black embossing powder

Thank you for reading

Happy Crafting

Mrs H xx


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