My Hero – Clearly Besotted

Hello – back for day 2 of the Clearly Besotted May release previews and today I’m focussing on a sentiment set for all the men in your life called My Hero.  Steph released a girly version of this last month called Sugar and Spice so it’s nice to have one for the boys!!  I’ve made a couple of cards for my two most important men – my husband and my son.  As you can see I have really gone to town with the stripes this month!  Once I started stamping them I couldn’t stop.  My first card is for my hubs.  I probably don’t tell him as much as I should but I kinda like him!  We’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in July so I guess we must be doing something right!!

my hero 1

My second card is for my AWESOME boy, Daniel.  He makes me so proud and I could not wish for a better son!  He’s clever, creative, handsome, caring, and just a bit cheeky!  He makes a good cup of tea too.  For the background I used the “Laura Bassen smooshing technique” with Spectrum Noir aqua markers.  I took a large acrylic block and a rainbow of aqua markers, scribbled my colours onto the block and then gave it a jolly good spritzing of water.  Then I laid my water-colour cardstock down onto the block and pressed it down well.  When you (carefully) lift the paper up you will hopefully have a nice “smooshed” rainbow pattern like this.  I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to cut my panel (once I’d let it dry obviously) and then stamped the “Son” three times with the various sentiments in between.  I used my MISTI again to get everything perfectly lined up.  I finished off with a few stamped stars from the Blast Off II set.

my hero 2

Be sure to pop back again tomorrow for more teasers and check out the rest of the team – they’re ON FIRE again this month!


  1. Michelle Short says:

    Great cards Caryn, loving both the stripes and the ink blending xx

  2. Your cards are stunning!! I love the way you stamped the stripes and then matted it with black on the white. Really makes the sentiment pop. Your second card is lovely with the background you created. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. ️️Chriss Blagrave says:

    Fabulous cards! Loving the smooshed rainbow with the awesome sentiments!

  4. Fabulous cards, Caryn. Love your watercolor background.

  5. Sharon Hayes says:

    Caryn, both of your cards are beautiful. Lucky son and husband. The watercolored background is so beautiful.

  6. These are lovely! I love the stripes. Now if my husband sees these, he’ll expect similar cards….. 🙂

  7. Two stunning cards Caryn, love how you’ve used this set. x

  8. Oh how funny Caryn, my sample card for today is VERY similar to your husband card…. great mind eh? Enjoy the back holiday, Rebecca x

  9. Louise says:

    Super super cards. The watercolour background looks so good x

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