As I made a mistake over at CCM with the challenge dates I have decided to extend Challenge 92 Tri Shutter Card until Sunday 9th June, but we also have a new challenge today so you have the choice of two, or you can enter both.
So onto today’s challenge, which will run until 16th June.
‘As it's Father's Day here in the UK on 16th of June Feebsy would like to see anything you've created for or have been inspired to make by an important male figure in your life. It could be anything from a card, a scrapbook page, a knitted scarf or a piece of altered art. It does not have to be specifically for Father's Day ( I don't want you spoiling a surprise for anyone) but let us know the inspiration behind your work.
Now Feebsy wanted to know the influence behind our project so this is mine.
I made this card for my SIL, as he is the most important male figure in my life since he took over the role of protecting, nurturing and inspiring my beautiful Daughter. Sadly she didn't have the same fabulous male influence that I had in my own Dad, and until Steve (my SIL) came along she was actually a bit lost. He completes her and I am so happy they found each other. He collects Native American Art and figures and so I put a lot of effort into creating this card for him.
I started with the Dreamcatcher Element of the Card by stamping onto some gorgeous bronze handmade paper this lovely native american chief. I then die cut it with a spellbinder die, and then matted that onto black card. The whole thing is matter onto another layer of the bronze handmade paper (which has a consistency much more like card anyhow and was quite sturdy. To the back layer I added beaded feathers, like you see on the Dreamcatchers available to buy. I made these myself by firstly making some paper beads from some bronze handmade paper that had a gold design on it. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures at that stage, but basically you cut a very long thin triangle of paper and roll it from the thick end to the thin end, securing with glue at the tip only. Into those beads I threaded feathers, which I had first stitched bronze thread into the top of so I had something to secure them to the base of the Dreamcatcher with.
The base of the card was created by stamping with a sticky inkpad onto the same black card that I used for the layer in the Dreamcatcher element and then embossing with Stampendous Stamp’n’bond embossing powder, which is one of the products brought to us here in the UK by Woodware, our sponsor. It’s a fabulous product because it means you don’t have to gunk up your stamps with any of those flitter glu products and once heated it becomes adhesive. I then spread guilding flakes over the stamped area and buffed it off until all the detail of the stamp was revealed.
The scrolly stamp I used has a distressed feel to it. But I have used the stamp’n’bond on very detailed images with excellent results.
I matted that layer onto the same card as I used in the Dreamcatcher and then that layer was matted onto some equally gorgeous handmade bronze paper/card with a fabulous bark feel about it.
I added the Dreamcatcher layer so that Steve could remove it if he wanted to and add to his wall.
I am entering this into the following challenges:-
Brown Sugar Challenge - #44 Masculine Birthday
Country View Crafts - #4 Die cuts
Crafting Musketeers - #2 Use A Stamped Image
C.R.A.F.T. - #209 Male
Glitter ‘n Sparkle - #35 B (My handmade beads)
Ladybug Crafts - June : For the Men In Your Life
Paper Crafting Journey - Masculine Cards
The Artistic Stamper - Makes For Men
The Crafting Cafe - June : Here Come the Boys
Sweet Pea Stampers - May : Birds of A Feather