Sunday, September 28, 2014

Every Life Has a Story

This card was made for a swap.  The theme was "heavy metal".  I went crazy with everything silver and gold that I could think of!  It was fun trying to figure out different textures to use on the metal.  The dots and harlequin design on the background of the card were stamped with silver and gold Encore pigment ink

For this part I used a flat washer from Home Depot.  I stamped a clock design onto it using Staz-On ink and attached it with a brad.  The gold square was cut from a piece of a metal sheet that I got at Micheal's.  I used a mold from Ten Second Studio to put the design on it.  

I used a different mold to put the dots on the silver piece of metal and then used metal punch letters (purchased at a tool store) to put "HAVE FUN" on the little gold rectangle.  You can see a portion of a gold frame in this picture.  It is a frame stamp that I embossed with  gold embossing powder

The metal pieces used here were lock washers (I think that's what they are called) that I found in Home Depot.  I added a little key charm.  Tombow Mono Metal glue held them on and worked through the mail.  

The stamp is from Paperbag Studios.  There was so much texture on the card that a flat image didn't look right.  I stamped the image once onto watercolor paper and once with Encore silver ink on black paper.  I colored the boy using Tombow markers on the watercolor paper.  Then cut out the two sides of the image and mounted it onto the black one using foam tape to give it dimension.  I did a search to see if the stamp is still available but couldn't find it.  There was one for sale on Ebay though.  The heavy metal theme would work well with any masculine collage image.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Black linen
Stamps:  Paperbag Studios: Every Life has a Story, Dotted background stamp, Harlequin background stamp, clock stamp, Live Well stamp
Ink:  Encore Pigment ink: gold and silver, Memories: black, Staz-On: black
Markers:  Tombo markers: brown and skin colors, Pilot silver marker
Miscellaneous:  Gold and silver metal crafting sheets, metal molds, gold and silver embossing powder, assorted washers, brads, key charm, metal punch letter set 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a creative, happy week :)


  1. What a brilliant card Janet! You've added some great details that you've made from hardware store buys (DIY stores in UK. Do you call them that too?) I especially like the stamped washer such a great idea. Lots of different techniques on this card which are just fab.
    Hope you're well and having fun crafting :-) Debra x

  2. Hi Janet. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments you left me, you're so kind! To answer your questions, the cupcake image is from a pad of ready coloured images which are ideal for a quick card and often have enough space around them so they can be die cut except the new xl Christmas ones where there are two images to a page. These are too small to easily die cut. I have a Pinterest logo on my blog which will take you to my boards and the one with my cards.
    As for the Man Tree stamp, I'm going to a craft show on the 19th of October where they'll have a stand so I'll get you the stamp whilst I'm there. I'll email them to bring one to the show and put it on one side for me.If you email me your address I'll pop it in the post for you as a gift from me to you for being a lovely person!. My email is:-
    Anyway take care and have a great week. Debra xx