Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Simply the Best Father's Day

Hello all!

I'm back to share my card as the Guest DT for  Papertake Weekly. This week's challenge is Dads and Lads. I don't know about you guys but I struggle with making masculine cards. I mean, come on, no ribbons, no rhinestones, what are you supposed to put on it?!

I decided to go with a technique I haven't used in awhile to make my Dad card a little less hum drum and a little more that's cool :)

I started by stamping the car (Hero Arts, Going) on a piece of white card stock. I cut it out with my circle die (nestabilities) and inked up the background using antique linen. I did add some brushed corduroy to just the edges. Next I colored in the car using stormy sky distress ink and a H20 pen. For the "chrome" parts I really wanted to use my metallic silver gel pen but that pen covers up any kind of ink and this image is too detailed. Instead, I used black soot and a lot of water. To add some shine I scribbled my silver gel pen on a piece of scrap paper and before I painted the image I would pick up some black soot then dip it in the silver. It picked up enough of the metallic without covering up all that great detail. To get the cracked vintage look I inked up the entire circle with versamark then heat embossed with UTEE (Ranger). I did about 5 layers before setting it aside to cool. Once the UTEE is cool crack until your hearts content :) To really highlight the cracks I rubbed some walnut stain on top.

Here is a close up

The rest of the card was really simple. Aren't masculine cards always? I used Basic Grey Manila papers for the background. If you don't own any these really are great staples to have. I added some inks to the grid paper: antique linen, brushed corduroy, and walnut stain. That blue strip is from the same paper pack I just changed the color with stormy sky and edged it in walnut stain. For the main image I cut and embossed a dark brown mat which I adhered flat.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Simply the Best, stamped in walnut stain. . I did a little masking to get a stacked sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you do find the time to play along with us at Papertake Weekly!


  1. Love your card. Love the layout and the cracked effect. Perfect male card !

    Thank you for joining us at Papertake as our Special Guest.


    Jo x

  2. WOW, that is one fabulous card. i'll have to try that technique sometime, i just have to find UTEE....what exactly is that anyway??? TFS this great card...www.justwordz.ca

  3. Kelly, this card is gorgeous!!! I love the car image and behind the crackled glass it looks fabulous!!! Love, love, love it!!!!
    hugs, Sharon

  4. I totally struggle with masculine cards too! I always reach for stickles or gems, which aren't super male-friendly!

    Love the cracked glass — super cool. UTEE is now on my "to-buy" list!

  5. Love this card! Great technique and simple is often then best with men's cards I find....they don't like their bling as much as we do!x