Stuart's 30th

Stuart’s 30th

Well, that’s it! I am officially old :(. Well, having my ‘baby’ turn 30 makes me feel a bit that way.

It had to be a special card – even though he won’t appreciate the effort that went into it, I know that – but I had loads of fun making it so I guess it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t ‘get’ it!

This card came about via Tim Holtz – one of his 12 Tags this year was metallic and distressed (of course!) and I loved the idea so I did my own version. It started with a piece of heavy card onto which I glued the wooden numbers and laid some plasterers’ joining mesh here and there. I then cut up some random pieces of aluminium tape which I ‘borrowed’ from my husband’s workshop. 😉 After covering the whole piece of card I burnished it down well and then used a small embossing tool to draw down the mesh and make it stand out more. I scratched lines, pressed dots and pressed a ballpoint pen into the metal tape to add texture and interest. Once happy with that I painted the whole panel with black acrylic paint and then rubbed it off again before I coloured it with alcohol inks. I also rubbed over the raised areas with some purple rub ‘n buff.

I cut some Gadget Gears from black plastic (reclaimed from some old folders) and again from the metal seal off a can of coffee – nope, I don’t ever throw anything interesting away! These metallic ones were coloured with alcohol inks too. I used the same black plastic to make a layer which I embossed with Texture Fades, I extended the embossing by carefully lining-up the pattern and running it through the Grand Calibur a second time leaving the already-embossed part sticking out of the machine so it wouldn’t get flattened.

The card base is an 8×8 so plenty of room for all the layers: a lovely textured green paper stuck to some more of the black plastic and trimmed using my Perfect Layers tool. The ribbon was put top and bottom of these first 2 layers before it was stuck to the card base (he likes skulls!) and then the embossed piece laid over and under the ribbon borders.

This finished card is soooooo heavy, it’s a good job it doesn’t have to get mailed anywhere! I am really, really pleased with this masculine card – maybe I shouldn’t say that myself but….why not? 😉

Plain, heavy card with the mesh and numbers attached

The start

The tape was cut in random shapes and stuck all over the card.

Metal tape

Burnished; distressed, inked and buffed.


You can see both black and metallic layers here.

Gadget Gears

Just another view of the metal work.

30 – Yikes!

The card is full of texture.

All done!

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