17 July 2012

Metal Magic

Hurrah!! My laptop's back!!! Oh, I've missed it, and now I can sit here in comfort on the settee (before heading out to do the school run/go to work) posting the next birthday card in a series for my boys. This one is going to be entered into The Sunday Stamper challenge - Bits and Pieces and the Frilly and Funkie challenge - Make My Metal Altered. Please, if you get the chance and haven't visited either of these, give yourself a treat and take a look at the fab artistic work created for both by some uber-talented crafters.


This is the second in a series of cards for my sons' birthdays; this time it's the turn of the eldest. To sum him up - a mature and resourceful young man (who'll be driving my car v. soon!!! :0) who's passions in no particular order are science/manga/badgers.


The background to this very personal card has been created using metal foil tape with liberal splodges of Butterscotch/Stonewashed/White Mixative/Copper Mixative alcohol inks, further topped off by random drops of the alcohol blending solution.


Now anyone who has seen my posts before knows that wherever possible I love to create my own embellies, but I must admit I have become a huge fan of the wooden ones from Crafty Emblies as you can easily alter them and it would be difficult to make anything like them personally. Take the 'test tubes' which blend Faded Jeans thru' Pine Needles into Wild Honey DI - what magic! And what about an oversize magnet?! I loved that these embellies could become 'science-themed' as it's not a regular craft theme.


Other metal elements included the aluminium file label and the Badger bottle top (heartily flattened and covered in Crystal Lacquer).


The bit I'm most proud of is the artists pallette. My eldest finished his GCSE Art at Easter and I wanted to represent this in some way, but how? So, cut an oval of white card and reshape, colour with brown pigment ink (mottled with water) add dots and a squiggle of PVA glue (Cosmic Shimmer is great for this) and when dry colour with Promarkers. Et voila! A blast of Silver CS Shimmer Mist ala Finnabair and my work here is done! Right, time to disappear for the day. Thanks for dropping by and for all the lovely comments.
Hugs, Buttons x

PS: Thanks to the team at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for putting my oriental card in the top three - that truly is an honour:))

16 comments:

  1. We do miss our items of modern technology when we are without them for even a short while don't we?? This is a brilliant and as you say very personal card and I'm sure he will absolutely love it - so imaginative.

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  2. Like the card you posted the other day, I love all the personal details on this card. The badgers look most amused at all the science gadgetry around them!! The artist's palette is a work of art in itself. Love it!

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  3. WOW Buttons ! This is fab, so much to look at with all the embellies and creative layers. Just love your palette .......genius x I am sure this will be treasured. Good luck in the challenges x

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  4. I love how you personalised your son's card to include some of his passions.How cool the magnet is.
    One of the animals that I really wanted to see in the UK was a badger but it wasn't to be - perhaps another reason to visit.

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  5. This is gorgoeus - love the colours in the background and all the sciencey bits and bobs. Bet your son will love this!!

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  6. Hi ...love all the different elements! Your work is just amazing and gets better (if thats possible) every time! Suzanne :)

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  7. First off, well done on your win over at FSC, even I was excited when I saw your name in the top 3! Many congrats. This is a stunning piece of work, love the test tube and magnet, you have done them beautifully. I love the whole thing and it is going to be a real treat for your Son. A x

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  8. Fabulous card, great embellies but I love that background.

    Sam xxx

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  9. What a gorgeous card! No doubt he will love all the care and attention you've put into personalizing it. I on the other hand, just love it on looks alone! Wow, wow, wow. The curled corners were my favorite part until I found your artist's palette. Amazing! So glad to have you with us at Frilly & Funkie today!

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  10. Metal madness marvelousness!!!! Love all these layers. What a unique and fun project! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!

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  11. Gorgeous collaged mix of metal & imagery.

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  12. That palette is genius! LOVE this... and am sure your boy will too... good luck with the whole driving thing, you are braver than me letting him loose in your car lol Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper hun x

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  13. Great blog! Love the card, you've put so much thought into it, he's sure to love it. Off to catch up with your archives now XX

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  14. Very cool indeed! Love this and the altered metals are incredible! Wonderful collection of embellishments! Thank you for joining in the fun at Frilly and Funkie!

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  15. You so should have gone to Japan - amazing on so many levels. Saving to go back!

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  16. Oh my, Buttons, this is just crazy cool! I too am a fan of making my own embellishments so I really appreciate what you have done here. There is so much to see and absorb on this card. And I'm glad you explained the badger because I couldn't figure it out. Absolutely sensational. So great to have you joining in the fun with us this time around at Frilly and Funkie!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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