Vintage male wedding

December 18th, 2013

So chatting with a male colleague on Monday afternoon, I found out he is getting married *this* Friday.  As I drove home I mentally cast my mind over colour schemes and images that I had handy, and then spent about half an hour assembling materials before I started.  This was an interesting challenge – I think it is the first time I have made a card for a male where I have known nothing about the female involved, not even her name.

This is what I ended up with:

Vintage male wedding

Vintage male wedding

I used some Graphic 45 papers, left over from when I made my Great Gatsby mixed media piece.  I trimmed around the clothing, the couple, and the text remnant, and then edged in Vintage Photo distress ink.  These were then layered on stripped paper which had been distressed and edged with Vintage Photo, and then layered onto kraft cardstock (also edged with ink).

Two white flowers added to the top left, with a bronze pearl added to the centre of each.  A Prima wooden heart has been stained with Cosmic Copper brilliance ink then fastened to the front.

I don’t have a scan of the inside, but I used my EK Success Slimline Edger punch in lattice – I only have two border punches and this is the non lacey one!  It is no longer sold by EK success so I can’t link to it but it is a double diamond pattern.  I edged it in ink, then stamped my Happy Wedding Day stamp (PSX).

The envelope was edged in ink, and had a flower with a bronze pearl as on the card.

Everyone in the team signed it (Mel said I ‘nailed it! hehe), and we gave it to him today as a surprise.  Given I didn’t know about the wedding until 3 hours before I made it, I was really happy with how it turned out.


Death Microbes

September 30th, 2013

This is a steampunk style card I made using the Graphic 45 ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ papers.  Was for a male friend, and I was really happy with the final result.

Death Microbes

Death Microbes

Cream A5 cardstock folded to A6.  Background stamped with honeycomb pattern and also crackle stamp in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  Two images cut out from the Old Curiosity shop paper pad (Apothecary and Deth Microbes) and trimmed closely then edged in Aged Mahogany and mounted on gold paper.

Background paper is from an A3 sheet I made using cold pressed water colour paper, various water colour sprays, and stamps and background text.  I selected a portion that had the colours and types of images I was after (flowers to go with the apothecary theme, as it they were used for the contents of the jars).  This was distressed with a distressing tool, mounted on gold, and then mounted on the cream cardstock.  The two vintage images were placed on top at various angles.  In the left corner I placed a dye-cut cog and flower, with a burgundy gem at the centre.

I don’t have a scan of the inside, but there was more crackle background and distressing.  I really like this, I want to track down a set of the Apothecary bottle stamps from Hampton Art (which were released to go with the papers).  Of course by the time I tried to look for them, they were all sold out, so will need to keep an eye on ebay I guess.

Victorian gentleman

April 14th, 2013

I made this when I was playing around with vintage photo distress ink before Christmas (when I was waiting for my order of stamps to arrive).

Victorian gentleman

Victorian gentleman

Base white card edged with vintage photo ink, then stamped with script stamp.  Gears stamped in top and bottom corners.  On a separate piece of card, colour sponged lightly over base.  Image of man stamped in the centre, then edged with ink.  Layered on gold, then onto striped paper, and then onto base card.  Two gears dye cut onto cardstock, stained with vintage photo ink, and then when dry inked with cosmic copper ink (to give a rusted look).

Overall I think the monochrome feel worked well.  I think it would be a good male birthday card, or any occasion really.

Victorian gentleman

March 25th, 2013

This was for D’s birthday.

Victorian gentleman’s fashion

A piece of Graphic 45 ‘Race for Time’ paper that has been crumped and swiped with distress ink, then flattened again. Edges have been distressed with a distressing tool then swiped with distress ink.  Mounted on white textured card which has been distressed with ink.

Sponged aged mahogony distress ink onto white cardstock.  Stamped male mannequin, pocket watch, cogs and top hat from Kanban Crafts unmounted clear set Jasper Stamp 9039
in Vintage Photo ink.  Stamped card edged in vintage ink, and boarder strip of penny farthings layered on it.  Card layered on gold paper, and then onto the Race for Time paper.

Embellishments:  Bird cage topper layered on gold paper, edged in vintage photo ink, and layered onto stamped card.   Stack of dye cut shapes:  medium cog, medium tattered flower, small cog, small tattered flower, edged with vintage photo ink, and topped with a copper gem.

Airships and South America and Mad Scientists Oh My!

October 10th, 2012

This was for the male half of Bengela, who had his fancy dress birthday party on the weekend.  The theme included mad scientists and South America, so I used that as my inspiration to some extent.

Steampunk balloon

Images stained with antique linen vintage ink and cut out carefully.   Card used for laying has been embossed with the Tim Holtz steampunk embossing folder and sanded back.  Tattered flowers layered in the corner, edged with ink.  Layer all onto white cardstock.


Steampunk revisited

March 11th, 2012

This was for Daedalist’s birthday, which is today

Airship birthday

Steampunk airship

It took around 2 hours to make, including the interior (torn white linen paper, edged in raisin, shadow block in 2nd impression tea dye, ‘Happy Birthday’ in raisin, pocket watch stamped randomly around the edges.  Given I am still learning how to use my embossing machine as well as experimenting with the steampunk style, I am very happy with the results.

If you want to find out how I did it, and see the envelope, read on . . .


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