Lately I’ve found myself drawn to Tim Holtz‘s style of card-making. It’s kind of grungy, vintage and steampunk. When it was time to plan my best friend’s birthday card, I put a lot of thought into what I would do. I easily spent more time planning for, shopping and creating this card than any other, and it was a fun adventure! (click any photo on my blog for a larger view)
I inked up the card with a Tim Holtz sponge dauber and then stamped text using a large Hero Arts brand stamp and my clear VersaMark ink. I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the stamped words and heat embossed them to make them stand out and look shiny. Then I inked over the words again, which resisted the ink, and laid blank newsprint over the card. Using a hot iron, I ironed the card and soaked up all the embossed shininess, leaving the words behind on the card. This may make more sense with a video demo!
When I was checking out Scrap in Portland in June, I found a really cool vintage 1957 magazine. It was 50 cents and it was exactly what I was looking for, for this card! Using my Teresa Collins Stampmaker, I made a custom stamp that resembled the Detroit Red Wings logo (because Stacy loves them!) and stamped it onto a piece of the vintage magazine paper. I used a metal die-cutter in my Cuttlebug machine to make the flower shapes out of the same paper and put the flower together with a brad that resembled a screw. To finish it off, I sprayed a fine mist of metallic brown ink on it and crumpled up the flower layers.
The rest of the card came together with decorative brads, hand-stitching, ribbon tape, cardstock paper cut with my Cricut, a Tim Holz crown embellishment colored with Copic alcohol markers, bronze colored staples, a bronze leafing marker, more stamps I made, and a metal corner embellishment from Close to My Heart.
Here are the blog posts featuring the birthday cards I made Stacy in 2010 and 2009:
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