I combined this challenge with a project collecting cards for children in the hospital. Looking to make a boyish themed card, I turned to My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Viking stamp set. I started by coloring my Viking, incorporating the theme colors. I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. As for colors, you can see, It feels like I used them all.
My idea for a background was to put the Viking in front of his fort. This lead to the question, what did Viking forts look like? According to HeritageDaily.com the Vikings built ring forts. Trelleborgen is a partially reconstructed ring fort in Sweden. It is built with turf and a fence made of wooden stakes. The pictureof Trelleborgen sparked an idea of a technique I wanted to try. I saw the technique on Maymaymadeit YouTube channel, ink cube dragging.
I cut a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of Neenah Solar White 110 card stock. Using my scoreboard I created random width strips to mimic stakes.
I then picked three colors of distress ink; pumice stone, hickory smoke, and black soot.
Starting from light to dark, I dragged the ink cube from top to bottom, sometimes restarting in the middle to provide a wood textured look.
I now turned the ink cube dragging piece into a fort by cutting the tops into spikes. I created a banner. I embossed the sentiment in Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder. I added a blue sky for the background. Photography and blog post done, it was ready upload to the challenge page and send off in the mail.