Today is my last post about Depeche Mode-related things I have made. So, until I make some more goodies for fellow DM fans, this post rounds out the collection of DM things I have made in the last few months.
I love meeting new people and connecting with friends, so when I flew to California in August for business, I arranged a “tweet-up” (a get-together of friends who met through Twitter) to meet some of my DM fan friends. In order to make it a little more special, I made little mementos for everyone in attendance. When I was at Craft Warehouse in Oregon last April, I bought several black bottle caps for crafting. I also bought some E-6000 craft adhesive and some really strong magnets so I could make 24 of these:
I drew the latest Depeche Mode “DM” logo (it seems to change with every album) on each magnet with a silver marker. I stowed these in my checked bag and was worried TSA might think they were suspicious, so I wrapped them up with a picture of the DM logo and a letter explaining what they were going to be used for. I also included my contact information. Inside my suitcase was a letter from TSA saying they had looked inside, and fortunately they let me keep my water bottle and my magnets!
When I returned home, I made cards for the friends I hadn’t sent cards to before. I saw a #DMFF hashtag on Twitter and figured it must mean “Depeche Mode Friends Forever,” so I thought it would be fun to make cards with this. I started with shimmery orange-pink cardstock which reminded me of the actual CD in the “For the Masses” DM tribute album from 1998. Then I used some black paint that reminded me of the old puffy paint we used in the 1980’s to make our own (ugly) t-shirts.
Inside the card, I strung together lyrics, album titles and song titles. I enjoy mixing lyrics and songs into my notes like that.
Recoil is Alan Wilder‘s project. Alan was a key member of Depeche Mode from 1982-1995. He started Recoil while he was still with DM but as far as I know, he never toured as Recoil until 2010. I saw him in Seattle October 18th and then in LA, San Diego and Santa Ana the following weekend. To commemorate the special weekend of three shows in a row, I made 78 magnets to hand out at tweet-ups and concerts. I met so many people that weekend and came home with only three magnets left-over! I used my Xyron machine with the magnet-lamination cartridge and then hand-cut each magnet.
Earlier this year I sent a DM friend a thank you card and I don’t think I’ve blogged about it yet, so I’ll add it to this cornucopia of mish-mash Depeche Mode stuff I’m sharing today:
Finally, here’s a card I made for a man’s birthday a few years ago. I think it could serve as a DM-esque card, but the recipient was turning 70, so he probably doesn’t relate the fleur-de-lis symbol to Depeche Mode.
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