Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Retro Rubber November Color Challenge--Thinking of You Masculine card

 We are announcing our second challenge over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  The rules are simple:
  • Use older stamps. We suggest stamps older than 1 year. 
  • Follow the challenge given for the time period.
  • Post your creation to your blog or online gallery.  If you use an online gallery, please use the Keyword  RRBC02
  • Link back to the blog post using the InLinkz by the November 28th. 
  • Enter as many times as you like.

Our Top Five Favorites - The Fab Five, will be posted on Sunday, November 30th.
Our Winner will have the option to play along with a future challenge!







This color challenge had me thinking masculine card ideas so I created a card for the husband of a dear friend of mine who is battling stage four-breast cancer.  It is important to remember those travel the journey along side those who are fighting this horrendous disease.  I hope this card will brighten his day and let him know that he and his entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

I also spied a retro supply sitting on my shelf just calling to be used in this challenge.  The center image is stamped on a piece of CoMotion Almost Leather in light brown, a nice masculine touch.  I also recently stocked up on Darice embossing folders that have the masculine vibe . . . so this card came together with both old and new supplies.  The tree stamp is circa late 90's, the sentiment most likely has about 2 years of languishing in my stash.

This is the second version of the card . . . the first was OK, but lacked something so I changed a few things around and added a bit more embellishment until I liked the final result.   


Supplies:  Halcraft Value Pack card size 5" x 6 1/2"; Coordinations dark brown textured card stock; CoMotion Almost Leather light brown; Tsukineko:  StazOn Forest Green, Timber Brown; Darice:  Crackle embossing folder, craft thread, hemp card; Creations Unlimited Tree image; Stampendous Happy Messages-thinking of you image; Sew easy: green floss; Misc. cream card stock, heat gun, acrylic blocks, sanding block, aluminum foil, three small brads, adhesive, dimensional foam adhesive, Cuttlebug embossing machine and plates.

 
How To:
1.  Stamp tree images around perimeter of card with StazOn Forest Green and Timber Brown to create a background border.  Place scrap paper under the card and stamp off the edges.  I inked the base of the tree first then the needles.
2.  Trim CoMotion Almost Leather light brown to 2.5” x 2.5”.  Heat with a heat gun for 20 seconds, it will change appearance and curl slightly, then press inked stampinto surface; ink edges.  I think the image does look like embossed leather.

  

3.  Trim cream card stock to 1 7/8” x 3 1/4” and stamp sentiment in StazOn Timber Brown and ink the edges.  
4.  Trim 2 pieces of Coordinations dark brown textured card stock to 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” and 2 1/8” x 3 ½” and pressure emboss with Darice Crackle embossing folder.  Sand with sanding block to bring out cream-colored core.  Distress the edges by sanding .
5.  Crumple a piece of aluminum foil and lightly distress sentiment section with StazOn Timber Brown.   
6.  Dab StazOn Forest Green on 3 brads to match the colors of the card, I picked each brad up by the prongs to maneuver the top in the ink pad.   
7.  Trim 10” of craft thread, green floss and hemp cord.  Tie in a square knot around the bottom of the sentiment.  Attach brads to left edge of sentiment.  Adhere with dimensional foam dots to crackle brown background.
8.  Assemble card and adhere.
    
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16 comments:

  1. What an nice masculine card for a guy in your life! Great use of the the challenge colors!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, it will be in the mail soon!

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  2. Great techniques and perfect for those days when we need the one for a male. Thanks for sharing with us at Mema's Crafts. Good luck in the challenge and we hope you play with us often.

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    1. Thank you for the invite, I will be back!

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  3. Great card, love the mini tutorial and the great techniques - stamping on to Leather?! Amazing. I am sure that your friend will love it. Cx

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  4. Love this card, reminds me of nature and the Grand Canyon

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    1. It reminds me of much of the West Coast of the US, so many evergreen trees! Thank you!

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  5. A perfect masculine card (which I am not good at at all) and I think your friend will appreciate it!! Thank you for joining us at "The Shabby Tea Room" for our "Grateful" challenge!!

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    1. Thank you, adding the twine and brads is what finished the card . . . and helped fit the challenge at TSTR.

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  6. Perfect male card. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Crafts. PenyRae DT

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  7. Awesome card, full of fabulous techniques!! I love the trees! Thanks for joining us @ Red Rubber Inspirationals!
    Drea DT Host Inspirational #147

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    1. Very versatile tree, perfect for scenes as well. Thank you!

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  8. Fabulous masculine card, love the stamped background! Thanks for sharing it with us in The Shabby Tea Room.

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    1. Thanks, repeating a motif is a great way to build a background.

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