Fast forward to May 2015: I have re-launched and re-named my blog (See original post here: Blog Re-launch and a Masculine Equestrian-Kind Birthday Card for my Uncle) and am crafting each week. My perspective is different.
Historically I maintained the perspective of a well-seasoned, former, corporate marketing executive who has been expected to produce big results with high intensity. I felt rushed, trying to do too much at once...and there was no joy in that. Now, paper crafting has become truer to what it should be--an artform...one in which I have been able to release an improved and more special product. The lack of self-imposed pressure has (finally) made this hobby on of a higher level of enjoyment as well.
Below, please find a list of challenges to which I have submitted my card. I have also included my card's recipe (ingredients and process) afterward.
Mojo Monday #396 Contest and Giveaway
Simon Says Stamp Wednesdays Let's Get Sentimental (Feat. Tim Holtz)
Cuttlebug Mania We Love to Stamp (Feat. Manual/Cuttlebug Embossing/Die Cuts)
Penny Black and More Die and Punches
Creatalicious Challenges Embossing Wet or Dry
Papers: Crystal Clear Shrink Film (Shrinky Dinks/K&B Innovations), Silver CS (Recollections/Michaels), Vancouver Dark Grey Textured CS (Bazzil Basics), Rich Razzleberry CS (Stampin' Up!), Black CS (Recollections/Michaels), Silver CS (Stampin' Up!).
Inks: Tinted Emboss (Top Boss), Jet Black (Staz-On), Silver Powder (Stamp Affair), Bold Black Detail Powder (Stampin' Up!), Silver Ultimate Metallic (Encore/Tsukineko), Silver/Black Foil Smootch Spritz (Stampin' Up!), Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!), Going Grey (Stampin' Up!).
Stamp(s): French Market (Tim Holtz Visual Market/Stamper's Anonymous), Carte Postale (Stampin' Up!), Urban Grunge (Tim Holtz Visual Market/Stamper's Anonymous), Artistic Etchings (Stampin' Up!), French Foliage (Stampin' Up!).
Punches: Fleur-de-Lis (Martha Stewart), 1/4" Hole (Source Unknown), 1-3/8 Hole (Stampin' Up!), Small Oval (Stampin' Up!).
Cuttlebug/Big Shot: Fleur De Lis Emboss Folder (Cuttlebug/ProvoCraft),
Cricut: Sophisticated (Teresa Collins/ProvoCraft), Accent Essentials (ProvoCraft).
Embellishments: Fleur De Lis Cabachon w/Bling (Jolee's Boutique/EK Success), Silver Tassel (Spare Parts/The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby).
Layout: Mojo Monday #396.
Base: Folded to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".
Layer 1: 4" x 5-1/4", two types of CS cut diagonal. Embossed w/Fleur De Lis folder through Cuttlebug. Rolled emboss ink onto CS and added powder to heat and create enamel finish in contrast colors. Adhered to card.
Layer 2: 2-1/4" x 3", black CS. Stamped "Carte Postal" image (Tim Holtz, not Stampin' Up!, despite the set's name) and enamel embossed. Two overlays of argyle from Cricut; adhered and spritzed, then glued to panel.
Layer 3: 1-3/8" grey circle (punched); stamped in two colors with different images (argyle and French script), adhered to larger black CS circle base and spritzed as a single unit.
Layer 4: Small oval stamped w/sentiment and sponged w/complimentary color along rim. Layered onto circle w/dimensionals.
Layer 5: Paris postmark created by placing a small heap of silver emboss powder onto CS and heating it from underneath. Carefully pressed postmark stamp into melted emboss enamel and allowed to cool for a few seconds and pulled up slowly. Cut out post mark and adhered to "Vancouver" grey, stamped circle.
Layer 6: Two-part fleur de lis using punched image, sponged with Staz-on ink; added emboss powder and melted; done three times. Sprinkled a few grains of black detail emboss powder and re-melted; then allowed to cool to create a weathered look. Glued fleur de lis sticker on top. Used dimensionals to add to argyle layer and overlap circles.
Layer 7: Cut top loop of tassel and frayed it. Created charms using stamped images onto shrink film allowing for a loop above each picture. Used frayed strings from tassel to tie the three charms to top of the unit. Glued entire thing to top of card.