Another Monday and another challenge over at the Kraft Journal. This weeks challenge is “It’s a Guy Thing”. Not only are guys hard to shop for there not exactly easy to make cards for either. I’m soooo sick and tired of all the mass marketed cards featuring decoy ducks and golfing scenes, so naturally I couldn’t wait to dig into this challenge. All the DT designs are fantastic but I was particularly inspired by Audrey’s layered card featuring a vintage image. After seeing her card the wheels started turning in my head….I knew I just had to have the perfect vintage image to use as a jumping off point for my card.
I have an extensive collection of vintage books that I have squirreled away for occasions such as these. In fact I had recently struck gold at a tag sale a few weeks ago when I found this vintage driving instruction manual. Since teaching me to drive was probably the hardest thing my father has ever had to do I figured what better way to thank him on Father’s day than to include some vintage images of the days of yore. Plus, the book title is oh so fitting “Let’s Drive Right”… he still says this to me 15 years later.
I photo copied the images I wanted to use than tore them out and distressed them with Ranger “Tea Dye” and “Antique Linen” Distress Ink. I wanted to make a wall since signs hang on a wall usually right? Instantly, my Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folders came to mind. I knew I had one with brick so I fished it out of the melee that has become my studio.
While I was down there I came across the “Hanging Sign” Die and another embossing folder “Wood Grain” all from Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I embossed some cream-colored cardstock in brick and then distressed it with “Fired Brick” and “Brushed corduroy” Distress ink. I layered the embossed cardstock on the Kraft paper background and added two strips of patterned card stock on top.
Unfortunately, I got so engrossed in putting this card together I forgot to take photos of my process so I will do my best to explain how I got from here to there….
Ok so here’s my finished product. I layered the vintage images over the background. The stamped image is from…again…Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous “Curious Possibility” set. I stamped the image in “Black Soot” Distress Ink and embossed it. The lined paper I stamped on is one of my most prized crafting possessions. I have a whole pad of it which I use ALL the time. It’s retro paper from the 80’s and is aged to perfection…no distressing required…well maybe a little but just around the edges I hand wrote the sentiment…er…song lyrics “Signs, signs everywhere the signs…” which my Dad used to sing to me often while teaching me to drive (I had a bad habit of not noticing Stop signs and Red lights back in the day…whoopsie!). The cursive I had to practice on scrap paper quite a few times, my penmanship has gotten a little rusty since I’m usually typing as opposed to writing.
Next, I die cut the hanging sign from Kraft card stock. I used the wood grain folder to emboss the sign portion and went over it with “Weathered Wood” and “Brushed Corduroy” Distress Ink. I edged it with “Black Soot” just to make it pop. The hanger portion I wanted to make look like rusted wrought iron so I went over that with “Dried Marigold” and “Black Soot” Distress ink and then embossed it with “Black Soot” embossing powder. I created the chain with some patina jump rings from my stash.
The “Dad” letter stickers I had originally bought to use on my card for last weeks challenge but that project took a different direction as I went along. They are “Wild Saffron” from K&Company. The letters matched the patterned paper I used so well and I was quite happy to be able to put them to use. The bubble letters are golden oldies from my stash.
I mounted the sign on foam to give it some depth and added the screw top brads for extra masculinity and finished the whole thing off with some vintage buttons at the corners.
Thanks for coming by! I’d love to hear what you think of my masculine creation.