What a day!! The children were quite energetic today with all the St. Patrick’s Day activities. On top of that, I am having a very hard time adjusting to the time change. I keep falling asleep when I get home from school and then I can’t get to sleep until really late so the next day I am exhausted and fall asleep when I get home. Good grief. Well that is what happened again today so I did not make one of my challenge deadlines today. Oh well, I thought I would still share the card.
The theme at Our Daily Bread Designs Blog for their challenge was Leather or Pearls. I decided I wanted to try to do something with the leather. I remembered a technique I had heard of a long time ago where you cover a piece of cardstock with small pieces of masking tape and paint over it with dark acrylic paint. You let it sit for a while and then your wipe off the excess. It settles in all of the lines and edges to create the look of leather. I decided to try this with my ink pads. It came out pretty good but then I decided to add some embossing and that did not show up very well. I think part of the problem was that I needed a more permanent ink in the color I wanted to use. The ink I was using had a tendency to rub off of the tape too much.
I used the “leather” for a layer on top of my dark brown card base and added photo corners. I actually embossed the leather with a Cuttlebug folder but I do not think you can see it very well in the picture. I cut a small “leather” frame using a Spellbinder die, added some darker ink and layered it onto a cream rectangle that I rounded the corner and sponged the edges with brown ink. I used square brads in each corner and a Martha Stewart border punch to create a small dark brown border edge on the right side of the frame and also horizontally across the card behind the frame and rectangle layer. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread and was stamped in dark brown on cream. Again I rounded the corners and sponged the edges with brown ink. The cute fish hook is a actually a sticker that I placed inside the “leather” frame.
This card was entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Happy Birthday
CES Challenge #27 – Men Only
Charisma Cardz Challenge #11 – To Die For (use die cuts)
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge – Make your own designer papers
Flourishes Bring Back the Beautiful – use neutral shades
The Cut Above the Rest Challenge – Use a cut edge (die cute, border punch, corner punch)
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #85 – For the Boys
Ooh La La Creations Challenge #75 – It’s a Man Thing
Paper Pretties Challenge #145 – Masculine Card
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #52 – Birthday or Celebration Theme
Wild Orchid Challenge #19 - Dying to Punch It out