7 June 2012

Repurpose your RW+B for a man!!

Good morning all on this damp, miserable day (no, this isn't going to be a depressing post! promise) and welcome to my new followers. OK, so maybe I'm being a bit overambitious here, but I have (almost) finished two projects to combine the following exciting challenges;

Yep, it saves time, but more importantly it fit with what I needed to do, which was...

making my Dad a super card for Fathers Day as he has been an absolute star on so many levels; making another piece for the OH's birthday project; and a new Stampendous stamp set (squeal!!) to play with courteousy of a challenge prize from the wonderful Jill and Ian at The Stamp Man. What better reasons did I need?! So let's show you what I did in more detail.

Menu for the background(s) first. I used lots of Memento Paris Dusk and Lady Bug sponged onto white card and covered in white gesso to make a faded/distressed backing paper. The Union Jacks were created using Ranger Specialty Paper - it wouldn't work with anything else (and believe me, I tried!!) The paper was embossed using my Stamposaurus mask, stamped with Perfect Medium using the Artemio music score background stamp (manuscript one used for the ATC), and then sponged with Paris Dusk and Lady Bug through the mask. Finally I used my wonderful Stampendous balloon stamp and a smaller balloon image from an old issue of The Craft Stamper (Black Archival ink) over the top.

The bunting was cut from white card and stamped with a Kanban Union flag image coloured with Promarkers. DAD was embossed onto three of the flags, and they were arranged using foam pads to help make them more prominent.

So there's lots of red, white and blue, but where's the repurposing I hear you cry (in my head of course!!) On the middle-sized balloon I placed a metal bottle top (bashed flat by my resident strongman - OH) into which I had glued a watch face (stamped onto white card using Black Archival ink, highlighted using CS pearlescent mica paint and covered in a mix of Ranger Crackle Accents and Glossy Accents).

The wings were made from acetate (formerly the front of a Skylanders box from Christmas - not mine of course!!) I used a Kanban steampunk stamp, a mix of Stonewashed and White Mixative alcohol inks, and a heat gun - see TH's Compendium of Curiosities 2 for details of how to do this. Attention then turned to the ATC part of this project (the bit I have almost completed).

More acetate was used to cover the background completely for a reason. When completed, ATC collection for my OH is destined to stay at work with him to provide inspiration and encouragement whenever needed, and it is going to get pawed by grubby hands (manufacturing can be a mucky business you know!!) I didn't want the white to go grey, so acetate seemed a sensible solution. It got another TH technique (see the Compendium again please) and then had cogs - diecut from quiche tin/aged with Black Archival ink/steel wool - and an open brad applied on top. To finish this I intend to add an inspirational saying from one of Sam Poole's recent Arty sets, but they are still in the postal system somewhere and I had a deadline to meet so you'll have to imagine that part. Soz!

So there you have it. Challenges met (almost) and more learned along the way, which is what it is all about.
Thank you for stopping by - hope you like what you see enough to leave a comment - I really appreciate all the lovely messages received over the past few days. They lift the ole soul and make it all worthwhile. Before I get any more maudlin' it's time to sign off!! Hugs, as always, Buttons x


  1. Love these and I'm sure the your dad and OH are going to also!! Love the steampunk imaging mixed with the red, white and blue!
    Reminds me that I need to get started on my Father's Day cards!!

  2. Wow so much wonderful detail on this - I'm sure you Dad will love it. Thanks for sharing the details with us too.

  3. What a wonderfully detailed project Buttons - your dad is sure to appreciate the love and thought that went into this. I particularly like the ATC and the fabulous bunting. Vicky x

  4. ...so loVe this colourway it's bright & fresh & appealing...so much work has gone into this card & it shows, from the stamping & inky work to the cute bunting...superb detail...Mel :)

  5. FAB FAB FAB.. love what you made hun, they are both stunning. So, what's this news then huh? I am intrigued (ok, i am a nosey mare lol) thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper... we have rain here too... boooo, I want the sunshine back again :O))

  6. This card is AMAZING! I love it so, it is fun and inspiring! :D Thank you so much for your visit to my blog, and your kind comment I appreciate it very, very much! <3~Amy

  7. Wow, wow, wow, is about all I come up with - this is stunning on so many levels, all the detail, the colours - wow. I adore balloons and the Union flag so this really floats my boat, as they say! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  8. Absolutely fantastic!!! I love the combination of all the challenges as well. Great step out, and let me just say that clock balloon is brilliant!!!!

  9. Fantastic! Your ambition is inspiring. Thanks for all the encouragement you leave on my blog!

  10. Fabulous Buttons. I particularly like the clock and wings......very inspirational! I have quite a few bottle tops and must try this out. Need to get my skates on too re Father's day card....... so many techniques and stamps to choose from !! x

  11. This is such a brilliant card! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Artistic stamper Challenge.
    Alison x

  12. Fab card lots of details!



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