Saturday, March 22, 2014

Enjoy The Journey!

Good morning everyone.
I have a class card to show you today.   This is one of the cards the ladies made in their class yesterday.  I must admit while making this card, I was a bit dubious about the result BUT have totally changed my mind and now I love it!!
I would like to thank Monica, once again for the inspiration she provided me with to make my card.  It was this card that took my fancy.
I turned Monica's sketch on it's side and went from there.  

The base card is Stampin' Up Black, then a layer of Naturals Ivory.  The papers are a combination of a few current and retired sets from Stampin' Up.....Howlstooth & Scaringbone, Newsprint and Modern Medley.
The plaid, check or whatever you want to call it, lol, reminded me of an old travel rug which went very well with my vintage ute.  I used a very old EK Sucess punch for the Tangerine Tango arrows with silver brads through them. The star is SU Silver Foil and once again the punch is retired.  I used the last skerrick of flax and cotton trim to add some texture.  Reminder to oneself to order more. lol

The gear and washer have been anchored together with a silver brad and with a glue dot then attached to the star.  I doubled dimensionals to keep the height of the star level with the image.
The ute has been stamped on to Basic Grey card stock with Black Versafine ink and fussy cut to layer onto Naturals Ivory card stock which has 'Enjoy The Journey' stamped on the bottom, once again in Black Versafine ink.  The ute and wording are from the same Tim Holtz stamp set called The Journey and are clear stamps.  I still wasn't really happy with this card until I decided to sponge all my paper elements with Vintage Photo distress ink.  Voila!!  What a difference!!!

I had proceeded this far when I ran out of puff.  I couldn't think what to put in that last bottom corner to balance the card.   I wanted to steer away from cogs and gears because I had used them profusely on two previous cards with the ladies.  So has to resort to my usual practice, scanning stamp sets and rummaging through stamp drawers. lol
Success......Stampin' Up set called Postage Due.  The little travel post stamp with the vintage car on it.  Perfect!!!
The image corners have been balanced by using old fashioned photo corners and of course, like I said, I used Vintage Photo distress ink for my sponging.

I realise this is a long post but I thought I might amuse you with my card designing troubles. lol
Enjoy your day!!!


debby4000 said...

Fabulous mans card.

Jean McKenzie said...

Love it! Every little element of it!! You have done a great job Leigh! I love the black jalopy on the grey card.

Leslie Miller said...

It's interesting to read the story about how a card comes together. I frequently run out of puff before a card is finished. You do a great job with these guy cards. I read once that the way to make a good guy card is to simply make your usual feminine card, but replace all the parts with guy parts -- colors, papers, stamps, embellishments. You're very good at that, and I am so NOT!