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 firstname.lastname@example.org All for now, Sue x