Sunday, January 24, 2016

Group challenge

One of my cardmaking groups is having a whole week of challenges again and it started yesterday, today I am sharing the challenge I had for everyone to try.  I decided on this challenge without even trying it first and I don't think I will do that again.  I had a really rough time with it but I guess that is what makes it a challenge right :)  I must have done 7 of them before I finally came to these two that I liked for masculine cards I need for the beginning of February.

I had a rough time with this challenge as I tried this about 7 times before I came up with the two I finally made into cards.  I only ended up with two colors of ink and I found that after running the embossing folders through my cuttlebug they still didn't have the coverage I wanted so I spritzed them with water and the colors then bled together nicely.

Here is a link to the Photo tutorial if you would like to give it a try yourself.

Darcie-- Steampunk embossing folder w/ Rusty hinge and  vintage photo distress inks
Spellbinders -- Labels 8 die
Stampers Anonymous -- The Journey embossed w/gold embossing powder
DCWV -- metallic stack paper
EK success -- 1" punch
Our Daily Bread Design -- mini tag sentiment stamp set

On this one I tried stamping the train in silver first, it wasn't dark enough for me so using the Misti I tried again using London Fog ink and it still just didn't stand out enough against the kraft cardstock so I applied black ink to the stamp before cleaning it off and it just applied around the edges, I thought that effect looked neat but my husband didn't care for it.

Darcie-- Steampunk embossing folder w/ Rusty hinge and  vintage photo distress inks
Technique Tuesday -- All aboard stamps
Gina Marie stamps -- birthday words
Enamel accents -- black

Please let me know if you try this technique, I would love to come and check out your results.

Hope you a wonderful Sunday and if you are out East that you are able to dig out from all that snow.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today.



Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Two great cards, Connie after all the angst these are keepers, well first one best. Stamping can be tricky often EP isn't what it ought to be.
With the design a trial is prob a good idea first as so often things look easy which aren't!
Shaz in Oz.x

handmade by amalia said...

You are an artist, Connie. These are so pretty, they remind me of the great age of exploration and travel.

Leslie Miller said...

Techniques like this hardly ever turn out for me, but the two cards you're sharing today look fabulous! Super great embossing folder for the two images you used. These are perfect masculine cards, Connie!

Kim said...

Oh that foil paper is lovely. These two cards are perfect for a male's special day. Again, you have managed to pull it all together and produce clever art work, Connie.

Anonymous said...

Connie, I love the gear backgrounds! Very steam punk! Great job!

living from glory to glory said...

Hey,that is a great card and it is always a challenge to make a card that is more manly in design, and you my friend have made a really nice one!
I would love to belong to a card making group! I just bought a few things to work on some cards for Valentines Day!
Blessings, Roxy

Debbie said...

these challenges sound interesting, i guess they are common in your card making groups.....i guess you have several groups. the cards are perfect for men, i really liked the color combinations and techniques you used. it makes them really special!!!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh cool Connie! Your hard work paid off : ) I do like the final effect of the train after re-inking the edges. Very cool steam punk cards! Nice layers. Great results~ Karen O

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic masculine cards Connie. Love the dry embossed background on both... the sponging adds a nice touch.

Daniela said...

Thank you so much, my dearest Connie, for another inspiring post, putting me in so high spirits, you've truly made my day !
Have a most beautiful week,
with gratitude and esteem for your art