Every week I think the same thing as I start to type this for you all , wow Its Wednesday already, How fast it seems to shoot by doesn't it. I have my lovely son home from Uni this week and Its my girls birthday in a short while so he gave her a special present he got her today which is so nice isn't it, to see your children so close and being friends as well as siblings. It really does warm my soul to see that they get on so well and enjoy each others company.
Well I have no idea what the season thinks it is at the moment, we can go from lovely warm and sunny to almost gale force winds and cold to thunder and lightning and winter cold with torrential rain then back to sunny in a matter of hours lately... so weird... and yet all the blossom is on the trees looking beautiful and lots of flowers have popped up, communal walkways are bursting with crocus, daffs and tulips. I wish it would just stay nice for more than a few hours or a day , I am looking forward to days like that anyway. (Here's hoping anyway... ).
Right today's card is a little different, definitely a little masculine, hints of a travel theme, hints of inspirational quotes etc.
So here is today's card.
So the back ground for this one is the Mystical map stamped several times to make it bigger and give the crease in the map and I used it to my advantage and tore the card on that line and then rolled the edges back as if it was supposed to be there all the time.
I was really pleased how it came out this time as I was trying out my new distress ink spritzer thingy and used a few different distress markers to spritz some colour into the depth of the map.
I then took my Walnut stain distress ink and started to blend in some of that deep brown into the paper I lightly spritzed it with water and rolled back the tear at the top,you don't have to do that but it does make the curl back much more permanent as it dries into its new shape.Once the first layer of brown was on I came back in with a second layer to really deepen the edge sand catch all the little torn pieces that I distressed just a little on this one I wanted it to have the huge tear and just a light look of wear this time. I took a distress ink marker in one of the new colours Fossilised amber and added it in a few places really randomly on a few of the mountainy areas.
I cut out the middle circle with the royal spellbinders circles with its lovely little Fleur de lis pattern stamping out the take risks sentiment in black archival ink from the be happy set of phrases. I snipped out the central at the top little Fleur and I added some of the Bundled sage distress ink and a little of the walnut stain in a dabbing motion as not to break the other shades off.
Once it was done I adhered it in the roll back rip on the map so you can see it peaking through.
I then added some of the bundled sage ink to the map too.
This is the new little puffer tool , I am sure you all saw it come out at the beginning of the year it is fab, you can spritz little puffs of your markers onto your work its great, so I set to work adding some bright colours but really subtly onto the map too.
I then added a couple more layers up on foam to finish the edge off and set aside for now.
I thought I would add a little square of burlap to the bottom of the map piece so I cut and frayed a small piece and added it with glue to let it really dry on there.
I am huge fan of finding things that really work on the items we make that are natural and a while ago I discovered cinnamon, well I don't mean .... Eureka , this brown substance I have found is to be called Cinnamon lol I mean that I was looking for something to make a little bottle look rusty and with the right things used with it it can really work like a charm so in my stash I keep this little bottle I got from the supermarket for days where texture or rust or dirty looks are key on the project for that day. So this time I used it like you would with your quickie glue and glitter and tipped off the excess, once dried into place I added the tiniest dab of the treasure gold classic gold colour to the Cinnamon and it highlights the texture just enough and smells good too haha...
I stamped on a random piece of spare milk care some words from the dream inspire imagine set but I just inked the main words not the descriptive part. Once they were all stamped I cut them out and inked the edges added foam to the back and added them to the card too.
Next was just to decide what to add as finishing touches, I chose metal Tim Holtz flowers and bolt tops , also I have lots of tiny watch parts which I chose several pieces to add along with a sparkle piece for the top of the royal circle where I snipped out the Fleur DE lis and a couple more metallic sparkles for the centre of a cog and a flower.
Here are all the added piece I thought looked appropriate on this card. You can see the mini Eiffel Tower along with the burlap also some random stamping with the same stamps over the map with Walnut stain, I held the stamps just flexibly in my hand on no blocks so I could capture images of the stamp and not the full stamp.
The top left with its little cog and sparkle with the watch parts.
Here is the top right with the close up on the tear which I added ink and treasure gold too, I also added some drops of sepia ink and some of white ink heated and made bubbly so I can again added the treasure gold to the texture ( not heavily just enough to bring it to life) also some random stamping again in places, mostly 2nd generation stamping though to keep the faded effects.
The last item I added was a silver circle on the bottom right with North,South,East and West on it as you would have somewhere on a map, as most of the embellishments are gold I used my treasure gold again to change the silver to gold let it dry and buffed it a little.
Ok the fabby stamps used on this one were just three sets this time.
So there you go the three stamps used to make an entire card/picture. This is one of my favourite things to do, allow yourself just a few stamps and walk away , your not allowed to add anymore and make a card with those and what comes to mind. I find I have so many more ideas that way then if I am handed a whole file of stamps and I can use as many as I like , it can be a little over whelming. Especially with Visible Image cos they are all so very gorgeous.lol...
Ok folks thank you so much for answering last weeks question in your comments I really enjoyed reading your answers it was lovely to see so many of you still here I hope you are having a good week leading up to Bank Holiday, what are you all doing for this one?
I am enjoying having us three together and having this week off work which is just fabulous.
See you all tomorrow
Love as always