Special Day

Well, yet another special birthday in the family – this time it’s a Brother-in-Law who has a special one (maybe I’d better not broadcast the actual number 😉 ). This card is another very heavy one with all the layers and metal bits on it but I’m happy – again –  with the way a tricky, masculine card has turned out.

I started out with an 8×8 card base and stamped some steampunk images in silver all over the front. These images are from Chocolate Baroque’s Punky Romance stamp set and there are a load of lovely stamps to chose from on the sheet.

The focal image is my current favourite framed wing from LaBlanche which, after stamping and heat-embossing with silver, I ran through an embossing folder and lightly inked the raised bits to highlight them a little. This was die cut with a plain oval Nestie, layered on a black oval and then mounted onto a panel made from embossed metal tape and heavy card. I decided to make this into a little extra opening bit on the front and used some hinges which I’ve had for a long time and rarely use (note to self: New Year’s Resolution – I will use my stash!).

Behind this front door I did question the age of this relative – not sure where the years are going to but they’re flying by for sure! The pocket watch was stamped, embossed and cut-out by hand; raising it on 3d sticky pads helps hold the inner paper in place.

The long strip embellishments are made from some metal cable ties (zip ties for our US friends) which my husband doesn’t like for his DIY purposes. I can’t resist a challenge so I decided that I would find a use for them somewhere. They are black so I ‘silvered’ them a bit with alcohol ink before gluing them as shown with a few dragonflies for extra interest. As the card is so heavy and likely to topple forwards I made a card stand so it can lean back happily, I used a Spellbinder rectangular die but forgot to take a photo!

I’ll post a few close-up shots below.

This shows some of those lovely stamps - the card is textured which is why some of the impressions are not perfect.

Base Card

Framed Wing

Shhh, don't tell my husband! ;)

Tape

The piece of card took 3 widths of tape to cover it, it's heavy card - necessary with these folders as they impress very deeply and can tear a  thinner medium.

Embossing

Not the clearest photo - sorry - but you can perhaps see the diamond pattern embossed on the oval?

Focal panel

Ooops, does this give the age away?

Inside

Sorry, the photo is terrible but you can see a bit more detail on the cable ties - I've got dozens to play with!

Cable Ties

The card does stand up - if you're careful - but it is a little 'top heavy' so I made an easel for the back to use in case it wants to fall.

Completed

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