Hi bloggers! First of all, I want to apologise for the colour issue on yesterday's card. I have been having some issues with Blogger recently. The pic was absolutely fine when I looked at it on preview, so I don't have a clue why it came out so pink (as the rest of them didn't look pink and they were all taken at the same time!) Blogger also sent up a second post yesterday right in the middle of my writing it! I do apologise if you received a second email that did not make any sense! Now on to today's card, which hopefully will be a fun card for the guys in your life. The background was creating using the faux leather technique. There are about a dozen pics below the card pictures showing step by steps for this technique so I will skip it here. I stamped the vintage car from the Going Places set from Justrite stamps using a coffee archival ink pad. I cut it out with the matching vintage Labels and Banner die set. I used a light inking of Antique Linen distress ink while still in the die. I used a pale blue pencil behind the card. Cotton hemp ribbon was wrapped around the card in both directions. I added some gears as accents, stamped a metal edged tag with a sentiment and tied it on with some natural jute twine. Add a suitable sentiment for your own personal occasion and your guy's card is sorted! Finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/2" in size.
You can either trim your edges in a paper trimmer or wrap the tape around the back of the card (that does take a bit longer to do though). You can also rip or tear the edges for an interesting effect. I use scissors to get it started due to the thickness, but it tears easily after that.
Using any colour of distress ink, use the pad directly on to your masking tape. You can use one or more colours with nice results. I started by covering the entire piece with Tea Dye here.
I added Walnut Stain to the edges of the piece to give it a darker shadow. (On the actual card above, I used Pumice Stone distress ink as my second colour.)
Don't worry about how dark it appears as that is only temporary.
Using a piece of kitchen roll, wipe the entire piece down, removing the excess ink.
Next cover the entire piece with clear embossing powder. You will not need to add any other products to get the powder to stick. The distress ink will still be wet enough (yes, even after rubbing it) to allow the powder to stick.