17 June 2012

The Travelling Man

Good evening everyone and welcome followers old and new. It's been a busy day here at the madhouse, but I've squeezed in some crafting time and managed to create 3 pieces for entry into 3 challenges (oooh, feeling slightly smug right now - that usually means I've forgotten to do something important!)

One card, one card topper and one more ATC for the OH's birthday project (well, I was on a roll and fell in love with the colours! what can I say?!)
Many thanks to the following challenges who have co-ordinated their themes beautifully (though undoubtedly unintentionally);

Loads of techniques to these, so I'll start with the background: white card with Laurel Leaf, Split Pea and Mountain Lake Versa Color smooched around and rubbed together; text and postmarks embossed on top using Snowflake tinsel powder with green and gold mica powder; quick run through with a postcard embossing folder and the resultant impressions highlighted lightly with copper ink. The background paper is from the K&Co Life's Journey set.

You know how sometimes it just works? That's why I did two smaller versions of the background too.

The tag got covered in a mix of walnut vintage ink and Umber Versa Color - love the way that stuff makes everything chalky and soft. You can then restamp over it with the original ink (in this case with my old favourite manuscript background stamp) and it gives a subtle texture. The black embossed sentiment is a Sam Poole Arty Phrase - these are a must.

I'm quite proud of the fact I matched the stamping on the tag with that on the main card - it took some doing, I can tell you! To finish - a couple of strands of blue baker's twine (thanks Anne!) coloured with Pine Needles, Wild Honey and water.

The 'faux suede' was fun: take the non-shiny side of some thick brown paper, scrunch it up and then reflatten, rub over first with that Umber Versa Color and then with copper ink to highlight the raised areas and hey presto! a perfect vintage surface for stamping on with black Archival ink (feels good and tears well too). Had to use my Stampendous steampunk balloon from The Stamp Man for the card.

The card topper and ATC used a mix of Kanban, Dimension Fourth and freebie stamps on the 'faux suede'.

The filmstrip (Dimension Fourth) was stamped with black Archival several times on acetate, coloured with black Promarker and further stamped with various travel/time elements.

Finally, for both the card topper and the ATC another Sam Poole Arty Phrase stamped onto K&Co Life's Journey paper, distressed with walnut vintage in and mounted on antique gold card. Really enjoyed doing these and (believe it or not!) I resisted the temptation to throw more embellies at all of them. So it's now time to sign off as my bed calls. Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you again soon, hugs Buttons x


  1. Wowee you have been busy Buttons. It is great when you start on a theme and it rolls on into another creation and then another. Must say I do like adventures when there is a little comfort at the end of the day!

  2. A great collection. Love all the stamps and techniquest used together. Thank you for entering our Scrapology challenge.
    Lynn x

  3. Hi Buttons these creations are brilliant. I love the stamps you have used to create this fine vintage theme. The embossing folder you used is one of my favourites x looking forward to seeing OH's completed project x

  4. Gosh you have been busy and what great projects. Brilliant use of the brown wrapping paper and some great sentiments and other elements.

  5. love the card and tags and especially the phrases you used on them!

    greetings from vienna,

    die amelie

  6. Love your creations! I really like the way you have stamped the card and flying ship off the tag and picked it up on the card base, it gives a great look. Like the faux suede too, looks fabulous. Good luck with the challenges. A x

  7. Oh Buttons they are fabulous - you know I was looking at them thinking how well the tag was matched with the main card, when you wrote about it. Love that faux suede it looks very good.
    Cannot believe the number of techniques you have used - Mr Mojo certainly paid you a visit! Cx

  8. Woohoo Buttons, you have certainly had fun creating those beautiful pieces of art. I love the colours you have chosen. Hugs Rita xxxx

  9. Great creations, love the colours and elements used.
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapology this month :)
    Linda x

  10. Gorgeous collection love the colours & the rustic nature of the design.

  11. LOVE this card and especially LURVE the sentiment, tis fab... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper and the Scrapology one too! x

  12. Wow Buttons, stunning card ! So much to look at, will need to go back for another look ! Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man. Sue C x

  13. Mmm... must check out DM's stamps as I love the man in the Pith Helmet. Love the backgrounds you have done on this work of yours and yes, a gold star for perfect matching of that image on the brown and the background. Well done!
    Hugs, Neet xx

  14. Hi, just doing a catch up. This is a great set of ATC's love the Faux Suede technique.
    Also, great Fathers Day card in the previous post.
    Avril xx

  15. Fabulous projects Buttons love the colours and my fav has to be the ATC's - I'm addicted to these little works of art.



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