1 June 2014

Artistic (in a manly way)...

Hi everyone. I know, five posts in three days, it's ridiculous! and yet all necessary. Thank you for bearing with me and leaving such lovely comments for; Get Some TextureSaturday Step by Step - Repurposed Packaging, Field Notes, and Flaming June.


You can imagine my delight at discovering I'd been honoured with a Designer Spotlight win by Simon Says Stamp Monday for my Richly Floral Card. Thank you so much to May, Tracy and the team for choosing me to stand alongside Katy and Marie this week.

As their current Monday challenge, 'The Artsy Stamp' sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, draws to a close and another one begins at Country View Challenges, 'Only Men Allowed' sponsored by Country View Crafts, I find myself in the lucky position of having created something that fits beautifully with both themes. How often does that happen!!!


Inspired by Ashli from the Simon Says Monday DT to go routing through my scraps and offcuts box. Believe it or not this card was created almost completely from coordinating bits and pieces I found in there! Then Emma and Dan (from the same amazing DT) came up trumps with their inspirational use of the Brett Weldele designed stamp sets - I reached for The Chemist on this occasion.


Using paint to act as a resist in combination with a stamp is a favourite technique, and here I used the cogs stamp with white paint before applying a blend of Distress Inks. Finally I added white embossing paste through a stencil and brayered Distress Stains over it.


The Chemist himself was stamped on Specialty Paper, coloured 'Wendy Vecchi style' with Potting Soil Archival Reinker and Distress Markers. The die cut frame had Tarnished Brass Distress Stain applied to the edges, more complimentary stamping and some gorgeous Remnant Rub-ons.


The embossed/die cut cogs and gears were coloured with Alcohol Inks and the Distress Paint tag had some Chit Chat stickers added to it. A scattering of watch parts completed the technical look to a card for a special family member. 


Right, that's it for now. Nothing planned for a couple of days here blog-wise so I can catch up with visits you you all. There's so much going on out there to inspire and recharge my rather limp creative batteries.
Take care and have a great week everyone. Jenny xxx

31 comments:

  1. He's brilliant - I adore the gleam of coppery gold from the cogs and gears, and the added watch parts are so cool! Glorious colour contrasts, textures and layering - fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges - how serendipitous!!
    Alison xx

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  2. Stunning card Jenny, I love the combination of the copper and the gren/greys. I also like the white embossed background which adds interest whilst keeping low key allowing your eye to focus on the chemist and front layers. As usual so well thought out. Mo x

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  3. Wow Jenny, this is the best of scraps and off-cuts I have seen! Love the Chemist and love your beautiful card. Another winner I think Any Father would be thrilled to receive this. Anne xx

    Huge congratulations on your win too, richly deserved...

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  4. Hi jenny...that's the best scraps card ever...amazing and big congrats on your win too...hugs xxx

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  5. Stunning work. Love your creation!

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  6. Well I wish my off cut box look as good as yours, can I come and have a rummage lol? Love the gorgeous patina colours with the contrasting metallics and wonderful background techniques and fabulous layers. A truly rich and vibrant man's card Jenny. xxx

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  7. Hi Jennie, Wonderful card, love the framing of the image against the white embossed background.
    Congrats on the Designer spotlight win.
    Avril x

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  8. Interesting off cuts and scraps you have!! This is a great male card and each time I see these stamped images I know why they are on my wish list. Hope you manage to recharge your batteries.

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  9. Wonderful Jenny a real stand out piece of artwork

    Love Chrissie x

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  10. Good evening Jenny,
    Another stunning creation, love everything about it.
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  11. Hi Jenny, wow...this is beautifully designed using great colours! I love the paint resist background, it brings it together perfectly. I would never have guessed that you used scraps...and congrats on the spotlight win at Simon Says.
    Dot x

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  12. Love the copper and also the various textures.
    I want to run my fingers over this stunning creation.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  13. Congrats on your spotlight last week! Love your entry this week! He looks so perfect framed out and the colors are fantastic! Cool bronze details too! Thanks for playing along with us this week in the Artsy challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  14. Fabulous card, love the green and copper together, gorgeous...and from scraps...Wow!

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  15. Absolutely SENSATIONAL!!! That embossed background, the cogs, the framing, the no.1, the sentiment..all blend wonderfully for the challenge and upcoming holiday.
    Lisa x

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  16. This is GORGEOUS Jenny, what a corker! Love the layering, colour choice, eveything! Brilliant! Chris xxx

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  17. What a nice and truly manly card.
    I always find it rather difficult to make a card for a man. This one is amazing. Love the copper details.
    Greetings from Veerle

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  18. Gorgeous card Jenny! Love all the layers, metal, frames. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

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  19. Wow... this is such a fantastic creation, Jenny. I love those beautiful metal embellishments and your great stamping. Congrats on your winning of the designer spotlight on Simon Says Stamp. :)

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  20. Fantastic project Jenny! Love the steampunk vibe! The embossed detail looks amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Don't you just love bit boxes Jenny. Beautiful make and congrats on the designer spotlight.

    Warm hugs from Shirl x x

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  22. Fantastic card Jenny ! The design is brilliant, as usual, and I love all the embossing.

    Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts too. Sue C x

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  23. Love this Jenny! what great colors and layers - wonderful stampings - I've got to get me that guy stamp - he's kind of spooky but you made him look like a nice dad (well, sort of!! LOL)

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  24. So cool, a breathtaking project with wonderful details.

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  25. Love every bit of it. When I visit your blog I learn something new each time. Thanks

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  26. So pretty, Jenny! Love the Industrial look! And congrats on your designers spot at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Hugs, Sandra

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  27. So awesome!! I love how you did the gears and everything! :)

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  28. Another incredible work of art, Jenny! Congratulations on the well-deserved showcase from Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Darnell

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  29. Very cool mix of metals, stamps, paper...
    Nice choice!

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  30. Congratulations Jenny, loved this as soon as I saw it....and thank you for taking the time to visit and leave such wonderful comments on my blog tonight, so kind Ruth x

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  31. Congrat's on your win Jenny, well deserved, it's gorgeous! Chris xxx

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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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