29 January 2013

Going Underground

Got you Jam fans singing yet? Well break out your sideburns and get ready for another masculine card using one of the London Underground poster images from Nicecrane Designs.

I kept this relatively simple in design so the poster and background could get the attention they deserved.
The image came from the following set which can be found HERE;

A few close up shots for you to show the details;

The background panel is one of those I created using Silver Ferro texture paste. Once embossed it was distressed with a combination of all three metallic Distress Stains. They were dotted around randomly and then rubbed into the dried paste with my digits (oh yes, never happier than when I'm covered in ink!!) Both panels were layered onto textured gold card and edged with a swipe of Rennaissance Treasure Gold.

Then for the clever(?) bit. To add a touch more interest I wanted to add some stamping. To do this I stamped Indigo Blu cogs onto tissue paper using black Archival Ink. Then a mix of Wild Honey, Pine Needles and Faded Jeans Distress Inks were mixed onto the back of the tissue with a spot of water and a lot of care. Once dry the tissue was torn roughly and applied to the background with  matte Glue n Seal (one of my crafting essentials).

The poster image needed distressing so I used a trick I saw on Brenda Brown's superb blog - having given it a couple of coats of clear UTEE I popped it in the freezer. It didn't take long to harden and at that point was ready to bend and crack randomly. Then I rubbed Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain into those cracks and let it dry. Finally I gave it a layer of that Glue n Seal to stop the UTEE peeling off completely.

A simple sentiment and a few cogs were all that was needed to complete the card which, I'm sure you will agree, is just perfect for the man in your life.

I'm entering it into the following challenges;

Hope this has 'tickled your tastebuds' to take a look at the three sets of digital images available in the Underground series. They are real gems for use on cards for men or women alike.
And whilst you are surfing please take the time to go and see Anne's latest project 'Children in the Victorian Age', an absolute gem of mixed media work produced by a wonderful crafter.
Thanks for dropping by, hugs Jenny x


  1. Love your card - all the detail in the background and great tip about cracking utee. It's 150 years of the London Underground so it's very apt!

  2. Love the industrial background and cogs, and the distressing of the image is fantastic!
    Alison x

  3. Great Card, love all the distressing... and those gogs! just tissue paper! wow!
    Thank you for joining us at MMM
    Suzi B xx

  4. Another stunning card with a great background .I love it a lot Jenny.

  5. Fabulous image and I love the vintage look. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

  6. yes singing the song!! love the card, the grungy background and the cracked UTE very cool! musty try that! hugs trace x

  7. Wow, I am so impressed with what you manage to do with these Nicrane images! Super male card this and love all the different techniques you have included!

  8. Its very nice - love your tag/atcs on the previous post too - nice to hear that you have got a melt pot! I love mine - try dropping some diecut shrink plastic into the UTEE - great fun!

  9. Hi Jenny, like Elaine above says, it is a very appropriate choice with their anniversary! I love that image so much but also love the background you created, really need to invest in some Ferro... Thank you so much for the shout out, very kind of you indeed, I love so many of the Nicecrane designs.... Hugs, Anne x

  10. Elaine beat me to it! Happy 150th, LU :-)

  11. Great work and thanks for joining in my challenge this week over at Allsorts
    x catherine

  12. Wow Jenny - that image genuinely looks like a poster from the archives! Brilliantly done. I can't believe you stamped the cogs onto tissue and then coloured them etc - how dedicated is that?? Fab card ... now how do I get that song outta my head??? Nicola x

  13. Fabulous man card for sure. The link to the posters didn't work for me and I would have loved them.

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

  14. A great man card, really good design. Thanks for playing at Allsorts. xxx

  15. Gorgeous card Jenny with some wonderful techniques. The main image is perfect and I love how you've treated it.
    I saw the Jam many moons ago in Leicester - your title brought back memories for me!

  16. Fabaroonie! Love the cracked UTEE And how you anchored the sentiment with the gears.

  17. Love the textured background and what a fab idea to place the image in the freezer to harden.

    Brilliant image looks even better with techniques/inks applied.

    Love the Jam !!!!

    Crafty hugs Annie x

  18. Love nicecrane design images... Boy you have made a fantastic card, Love the crackle effect & Brilliant embossing.. Hugs May x x x

  19. This creative collage became a gorgeous card Jenny...g r e a t!!

    greetings Alie :-)

  20. I really love these images, and with the cracked UTEE it looks gorgeous. The background is fantastic, the ferro looks gorgeous. A beautiful card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  21. Fabulous Jenny, I love this image and how you've distressed it. I goes perfectly with you gorgeous textured background xx

  22. Love, love, love it and the texture you have manged to get is terrific.
    I would never have thought if using the cogs although now I see it done it is so, so effective.
    This is what I love about looking in on other Blogs I see things that I would never have thought of doing

    Patricia. XX

  23. I really love your embossed and so stunning background......OMG,,,,and the vintage effect you aply to my London Underground pict,,,,,,,what a creative idea,,,,,I adore the steampunk effect,,,,,,,,hip ,hip hurra for Jenny.

  24. What a great card and all your attention to detail really lets this poster tell it's own story, lovely

  25. Superb card Jenny full of vintage textures and that fabulous image. Love the whole design of this one.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  26. As soon as I read the title post I was singing - not ideal at nearly 10.30 p.m.!!!
    Wonderful use of the image, really I love the colours and imagery. So fabulous.

  27. Fantastic card Jenny, lovely choice of image

    Sam xxx

  28. I love your design and the cracked poster looks perfect with your embossing. I think of this as a work of art instead of a card. Fabulous!
    Hugs Kelly

  29. What a brilliant image - just love it and thanks for giving details of how you achieved the various effects. Definitely suitable for a male but many ladies would like it too I'm sure.

  30. That's a party I'd love to go to! FUN!!! Awesome manly card!

  31. Stunning background, love the cracked glass technique.

  32. Fabulous card, love the industrial background, it has a great finish, as do the cogs.
    Avril xx

  33. Absolutely fabulous card Jenny and guess who's still playing catch up!
    The image is gorgeous and love your wonderful textured background.
    Thanks for joining in with our MMM one for the boys challenge.
    Fliss xx


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