Sunday, 8 January 2012

Carte Postale

Hi crafty friends!  I am trying to mix it up a bit this month for you.  This card was done using Sam Poole's Carte Postale stamp set.  I just love this set as they let you get really messy and have a bit of fun with them.  If you like them, Sam has them in her online shop too.  The background was stamped on Kraft card with a black archival pad using the various stamps in the set.  Then I crumpled the card and brought out the lines by taking the Tea Dye Distress ink pad (direct to paper method) lightly over the top of the card.   I used my scissors to distress the edge of the card even more then added some ink to those edges.  The smaller background piece was achieved by using the  heated pearl technique.  If you have never tried this, it is quite fun and a bit messy.  There is a section on it on my DVD, but to give you a quick rundown, you need to apply a layer of dries clear glue to black (I use glossy) card.  Next step is to cover the glue with a layer of mica pearl powder all over it.  Use an old brush to tamp the mica in to the glue a bit, then heat it until it bubbles.  It is best to do that from underneath so as not to blow away your mica.  It always comes out different each time but it is a great background for a multitude of things (especially guy cards!).  I stamped the postcard on ivory card and cut it out, distressed the edges with my scissors and inked it lightly with Antique Linen to age it even more.  I used a Tim Holtz memo pin to hold one of his tickets and added a few of his sprockets and gears for another bit of interest.  I mounted the entire piece askew on to dark brown card, distressed the edges a bit more, added a few more worker stamps to the edges (those little stamps on the sets that aren't really large enough for a focal element, but are great for this sort of thing)  and voila, finis!  I love doing this kind of card as well as "my usual" and if you like it, I will show you some more scattered through this month's posts. 
Another winner today!  From yesterday's post (Jan. 7th), I have randomly selected number 10 which was the comment left by Crafty Mop!!!   Congratulations!!   Email me to claim your prize americansue1@gmail.com    All for now, Sue x

126 comments:

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
I like this card, not my style, I have not got into this so far!!!! Have seen this idea on your DVD and have been tempted.
Thank you for sharing all your wonderful cards.
Patricia xx

Claire said...

Gorgeous card and I love that background technique, I'll have to give that a try.
Claire xx

CraftyLoops said...

Well you know Im gonna love this card!! Anything with cogs or wheels and Im in love. Ohhhh Ive never heard of this stamp set (am I living in the dark ages??). Ive been looking out for a stamp with a postcard and these stamps look perfect. Thanks so much for showing this card Sue, I love it. Lee x

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
Love this card. I also love the fact that you are showing us more styles of cards. Thank you for all the inspiration. I am going to have to get some of the kraft card as i do like the crumpled effect with the distress ink on top.
Sue

melanie said...

Great card melanie

inkypinkycraft said...

Fab card, I love these style of stamps!!right up my street ! Trace x

Knerten said...

Such a perfect card for a gentleman ! I like it :-) TH and vintage = great !
Do you do anything inside the card as well , may I ask ?
Have a nice Sunday.
Brgds
T.

mags said...

Great card Sue. Quite vintage and a bit different. Suit a man perfectly. Must admit these style of cards are a bit out of my comfort zone but will definitely have to give them a go. Looking forward to seeing more.
Mags
x

Герцогиня said...

Such a perfect card for a gentleman ! I like it :-)

SusanneJ said...

I love this card!! great for men Sue xxx

Lydia Jordan said...

Hi Sue

Not tried this type of card before but the glue & mica method sounds fun will give it a go.

Lydia

Linda said...

Its always difficult with men isn't it! I am going to try the pearl technique today. Brilliant card Sue.
Linda x

Lelly Jelly said...

My style of card Sue. A winner! x

Anonymous said...

Love love this card I have your DVD and have tried this method and love the effect, like you said it is different every time. This card is right up my street and Sam's stamps are amazing. I watched the Creative Expressions shows on C&C yesterday and Julia did a 'Sue' technique (faux batik) so you see Sue you are influencing everyone lol

Heather x

Shelley said...

Lovely card, great for a man. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue , I for one would love to see more of this style of cards mixed in with your other cards.Yvonne xx

Lynnus said...

Perfect card and not a spellbinders in sight, yesterday no ribbons, are you feeling ok? Lol - this is a really lovely card xx

Clare said...

I love the distressed look of the card. Great for a men's card.

Clare x

Maggie said...

Ooooo a card just up my street full of techniques and messy inky fingers at the end - heaven...love it Sue will give this a go this is a stamp set I don't own ..yet...its on my list of needs!!!lol.

Maggie :-)

Julia Watts said...

Love this card. I'm a big fan of this stamp set too. Julia xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, fabb card yet again. Lovely idea for the men. I'm going to have to buy these stamp sets. yet another item in my long list of must haves.
Lots of love. Jenny L.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

Another great card as usual.

SC

ang said...

fab card love these vintage stamps angxx

Ayelet said...

Great card!

sheila said...

this is a must for me to try

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I would love to see more of this style card as well as your usual. Usually your cards challenge me to come right out of my comfort zone, but this was like coming home, messy, techniquey, not a girly ribbon or flower in sight, I even get to play with my heat gun (as Dean from C&C would say 'the science bit'). With love & light Theresa. H

AnneRD said...

What a great card for the men in my life. I have your DVD but not tried this technique yet - am just mastering the buttons and bows!
Anne x

marg said...

Hello Sue
A lovely male card .....or add a ribbon and some gems its a female card I love Vintage colours
LoveMarg

Vee Cassidy said...

Dear Sue
I love this card and you could show as many of this kind as you like! Love my Kraft so never too many uses of that either! I think you should mix it up a bit. These kind of techniques are how I first saw you on C and C. Still want lots of spellbinder lessons though! Vee x

Anonymous said...

As said before - "Great for a man"

She

Ger said...

I've been hoping you'd get inky again! I love your Spellbinder cards but really miss the gorgeous things you used to show with distress inks and alcohol inks. Ger x.

joy said...

Hi Sue
Love this card i love all your cards.
like i said yesterday you are a very talented lady.
joyce e

hazel said...

Morning Sue love the Sam Poole stamps youve used in this card hazel xx

Uta said...

Beautiful card and the stamps are great.

Hugs, Uta

fluffycat said...

A totally different style of card with not a Spellbinder die in sight! Not sure if this is quite my thing but it certainly looks interesting and a great idea for those oh so difficult men. Will definitely try the pearl technique.
Frances

Debbie said...

SUE NICE CARD FOR A MAN
IT IS HARD WORK DOING MENS CARDS
FROM DEBBIE

Vicki Sharkey said...

I saw the technique on your DVD and am dying to try it out but haven't got any black glossy card yet. I love to get messy, its half the fun of crafting!!
Love the card Sue,
Vicki

Carole said...

Great card for a man! Carole Z xx

Anonymous said...

Great card, cannt wait to try this technique! Terrie

Bea said...

great card Sue - love the heated pearl effect.

Sue J said...

I like the heated pearl technique. I have never tried that before, but can see a session of experimenting coming on. Thank you. :)

Redanne said...

I just love, love, love Steampunk so this card is just up my street. Saw the shows on C&C yesterday which were great, your colleague certainly loves to get messy too. Thank you for showing us this card Sue. Regards, Anne Rx

Ann said...

Beautiful card ideal for the men, but I don't think I would be able to create anything as good.
I will have to look into the techniques and work at my technique,please dont stop the spellbinders cards tho. Hope everyone has a good day.

baconbits said...

Congratulations to yesurdays winner.

Not a Spellbinder, ribbon, bow or flower in sight - just another fantastic card. Brilliant for mens cards.
TFS
Hugs Amanda x

Olga said...

Great card Sue!Vintage is what I haven't tried yet.

TimeOut2Create said...

Happy Sunday Morning Sue and all.
I'm not one for messy crafting...LOL, but i love your take on this card and for the 3 special men in my life, i'm game!!!

(Linda-Lyndyloo, l left a message for you on my blog,check the comment section)
Hugs Bim x

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Just love this style of card-more steampunk whenever you like!

Eileen x

Pam Swadling said...

Great man,s card Sue. I haven't tried doing vintage cards yet.

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, another great card. I must try the mica and glue tech, very me!Lol! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Vie Carter said...

Great man's card - although not my style

Find mens cards very difficult so this would be fine

Vie
x

Pinkers said...

Great male card,xx

Sandra F said...

Another great card Sue.

Elizabeth said...

Good morning, I love the idea that you are showing us different styles of cards. Although this is not my style, I do think it is a lovely card. Who knows I may get tempted in the future.

Elizabeth
x

occasionali said...

Love this card Sue. Will have to revisit your DVD and start getting a bit messy!!!!

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic male card. Looking forward to seeing more of these.

gwen70 said...

Not really my style but a great card anyway

Helen O said...

Love it, an excellent Man card, Very different from your regular style, but just as inspirational, thank you Helen O xx

jan said...

hi Sue,
another great card Sue, love the vintage look
love Jan x

Bee and Dee said...

Great Card Hugs Bee

lion_tamer said...

Love stamping so just loving all the stamping on this card xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I've been away for the holidays and loved getting the cards on e-mail. I wouldn't know how to produce a card like this, but is it different from your usual style and interesting to see thie change.
elaine J

Kate's Cards said...

Lovely grungy card Sue!
Have just had a sort out of my stamps and am just off to play. Happy crafting!!
Kate
xxx

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
Wow! it's different again. I like this style of card as not everyone is into the 'pretty' look.
Lovely card Sue..(I don't like the yellow of teastain...good to know, I won't get that one :D)
Thanks again for sharing, it's great for inspiration, but also to see what we do want and don't, in the way of the products, so thank you :D
Sue xx

Hellma said...

Wow Sue tottaly diffrent for you again, which is great to see.

Sonia said...

Hi Sue, this card looks great but I'm always apprehensive of trying new things. It looks great fun to do though. Maybe I should give "messy" a go instead of being "precise". New Year's resolution? Thanks again for your inspiration.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Sonia said...

Hi Sue, this card looks great but I'm always apprehensive of trying new things. It looks great fun to do though. Maybe I should give "messy" a go instead of being "precise". New Year's resolution? Thanks again for your inspiration.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Love this one, i have a card to do for my brother in-law so he will get similar to this one, just going to get the stamps on Sam's site. Thank you,
Lizzie (serial copycat)lol xx

Sue Parish said...

Yes Sue, I think the answer is we WOULD all like to see a sprinkling of this type of card too, as even the ones who prefer your usual style were full of admiration for this one. Like yesterday, I loved all the techniques explained - some I had learned from your DVD, some I already knew, but one or two I'd forgotten I knew!! (must be an age thing!)- so it's always good to revisit, as I think Barbara Gray said on tv this morning. Enjoyed Julia's Creative Expressions shows yesterday. Congrats to Crafty Mop (wish I'd thought of that name, with my long hair!) Hope you are doing ok, Sue. Sue x

Anonymous said...

A very different card for you Sue but I like it!! Ann W

kittyuk said...

I usually like swirly, flowery cards, but this one is very different and I love it!

Maryann said...

A really great card Sue, and it´ll be perfect for a male too. I´ll have to rey this technicque too, as it´s all new to me, but I like the way this background looks here. Awesome job here again hun.

craftysue49 said...

I just love steampunk style cards and the grundge look ...you have just got this right Sue I love it ..x

CraftyJo said...

This is lovely - a great guy card (which are soooo hard to do!!)

Lexie said...

Fabulous card for a man. We all struggle with those!

Luanne said...

Very lovely card! love vintage looks.

Lisa M said...

I can't wait to try this technique you've described! I hope and pray it turns out any where near as cute as yours. Wonderful card. :)

lorraine (classylady) said...

very different from your usual, I love playing with inks card etc and seeing what I end up with

you will be bankrupt with all these winners, it's your own fault for making such beautiful cards that we all want to see....LOL

lorraine
xx

Sandra Riley.... said...

I really must get more into the 'distressing' technique, I absolutely love this Male card, i am going now for a sneeky peak at Sam's site for a bit of shopping! I already have the ticket stamps from Sam and I love it!
Thanks for a different look Sue,
Sandra Riley

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue, a great card, I do like steampunk cards and have quite afew of Sams stamps which are great for the steampunk cards.
Janet xxx

sandra(misty) said...

Another great card dont know how you keep coming up with different ones

Anonymous said...

What a nice change. It has given me another idea to use the spellbinders sprightly sprockets dies I have purchased this week.
More please,
Carol at Henlow

Capsgrammy said...

I love this card. It really speaks of foreign adventure and travel. I have some pictures and mementoes of a trip to Rome with my sisters and love the mica idea to highlight those special tickets to the private tour of the Sistine Chapel! Thanks for constantly giving us new ideas!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

well wasnt so sure about this card, but more i look the more i like it. Love mica and did some ladies when i started crafting about year ago. Time to go back to it i think. The colour is amazing. Really like the cogs too. Thanks for inspiring me.

Born again spellbinder
Nadine
x hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Janet said...

A good one Sue, we need variety to appeal to all tastes.

Jane said...

I don't like getting Messy LOL, but this looks a good man card.

Jane xx

mgq said...

i need to do a male travel card this is so perfect. i will just have to adapt with the stamps i have. thank you for the inspiration.

Ita said...

Hi Sue , a very different card, I will have to learn about stamping,and the other methodes you use thank you for the inspiration
Ita

Jenny, said...

Another great card, thax again Sue for the share :)

PaulineC said...

Another very different card Sue and I love it. I do not remember that background technique on your DVD so I will have to revisit that.

Ria said...

Hi Sue
Another great card, this style really does make male cards so much easier to make.
I will have to have a go at the background using the glue and mica powder.
Ria

jean.phillips1 said...

I love this card Sue, I am just getting into messy crafting, so will have to look in Sam's shop and get these stamps.

smag53 said...

Hi Sue,
Absolutely love the vintage/steampunk cards.More please...... x

Elaine said...

I like this one , I am a fan of the vintage/streampunk cards. Nice one Sue.
Elaine W

violetclouds said...

Really really love this steampunk & 'messy'inky style! Just had a sneaky peak and Sam has designed a great range of vintage stamps.

JULIEMCRANE said...

Hi Sue

I love this card,i like the steampunk look.
Keep the cards coming....thanks

Julie x

Kazbomps said...

A very different card. I love the the idea with the mica pearls and I will have to give this a go myself. Karen x

Star said...

Not my style of card but wow does it look good. Often stuck for mens cards will have to try this. Thanks Sue

yorkshiresue said...

This card is ideally suited for an older gentleman I know.
He would be delighted with the colours and the theme.
Keep sharing your stunning cards with us
Thank you and Love To All
Sue XXX

Eileen said...

Fantabuloso Sue x

yorkie said...

Hi I love checking in on your blog and I love the card looking forward to the next one
:-) :-) T

lockedinmycraftroom said...

Fabulous card Sue, My cards are usually very feminine and I get stuck for male cards, so I may try doing one in this style.
Chris

pinky said...

This card really is a dream Sue, love the vintage colours and feel.

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card.

Victoria said...

I've only been reading your blog for a few days, but I love seeing all the different styles of card you have been showing. It's really inspiring to see what you have been up to.

jemet said...

Hi Sue

love this card, not something i would do but good idea for a man. thanks for sharing

Jean

sheila said...

Very different style, thanks for bringing new techniques, I enjoy messy crafting

Craftychris said...

Thanks for sharing the heated pearl technique, I have never heard of it before. I must buy your DVD! I really like this card - its nice to have ideas for the men in our lives - thank you xx

Lorraine said...

OH WOW WOW WOW This is fabulous and i am so jealous i have wanted this set since the launch but not yet have this one i will get it eventually im sure but in the meantime im just so grateful for the inspiration so thanks Sue xx

Tracy said...

Great - love the steampunk/vintage look
Tracy x

Fiona said...

Good to get ideas for male cards.

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
WOW WOW WOW This card is wonderful and just my cup of tea, I love this technique its fab.
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, more techniques for us to try. Love the card all works so well together. All the best Suzie B xx

allylovespaper said...

Hi sue, i love the smaller background piece, another technique for me to try.I especially love the messy ones. Another great card
allyneed

CathyinMN said...

What a wonderful card for the men in our lives! I don't think I've seen the heated pearl technique used; I really like the effect.

Barbara Phillips said...

Just love these style of cards. I am collecting Sam Pooles stamps and especially love her vintage/steam punk sets. Love what you do with them Sue!

Lindyloo said...

Sorry Sue, I am very late posting my comment again.
It's funny but I was only just saying to one of your followers (Bim) on her blog, that I see in your cards alot of my life's experiences. Whether it be things I've heard, seen or simply learned, something in your cards always seems to inspire me, except of late. My fault, not yours of course, my mojo was away on hols!! Well Sue, this card has started it off again, but as I've used so many words already, I'll be short (yea right! I hear you saying, LOL...).
Imagine an enormous, dirty old Post Office, something almost futuristic (in a steampunk way) at the turn of the last century, postcards & letters strewn across the counters & floor. The walls textured with age, everyone dreaming of better... It is the adaptation of Terry Prachett's book 'Going Postal'. Now you have 'your card' in my head.
I do hope you will keep mixing up the cards. I, like all your followers, love to see the variety of cards and techniques.
All the best Linda

Ms. Petersen said...

Sue, I love how I can always count on you for inspiration. I have been in a rut lately so I've been going for a Tim Holtz-style card, but it doesn't come easily to me. I made one that I like, but a gazillion that I've thrown away! So I was very excited to see yours today. I can't wait to try your mica pearl background. I LOVE to try new techniques, so I have to thank you for posting how to do that one!

And yes, you've convinced me that perhaps my weirdo name wasn't the problem.lol Hugs, Reva

Becky Dunham said...

Great card Sue! This technique looks really fun - will definitely want to try it some day :) Right now, I seem to have very little time for crafting but hoping things will settle down soon. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Like all your creations, I love this card. Anything that smacks remotely of Steam Punk and I love it. The small background is great. I love sludgy, grungey colours. Keep 'em coming

Anonymous said...

I really love this card

Clai01 said...

loving the vintage designs!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely love this card, the car image and cog's look fantastic
Lindsay xx

frances joy said...

beautiful card!! :) love the image and paper :)

Elaine H said...

will have to have a go at this one just love it sue, love nattyboots

KimberleyG said...

Love the metal embellishments.

miislucky said...

I am really loving this style of cards lately. I've been wanting to do this kind of card and now you've given me so many different ways to work it. You are awesome!!! Hugs Mimi