Tuesday 27 March 2018

A Panel of Colour: Birthday Card

This card was made for a good friend of mine whose birthday it is today!  We are enjoying our regular Tuesday craft session together, so I can share as she has received the card.
Someone recently shared their Eureka moment on one of the Clarity FB pages: using the blank Clarity mask sheets cut into strips to mask off areas of a card.  We have all had problems in the past of masking tape ripping card occasionally when it is removed.  The blank mask strips work the same way as masking tape, but with no danger of the card being damaged.  I don't have any of the Claritystamp mask blanks, but I do have the Tim Holtz versions.  I can honestly say that it was the best tip that I've come across on line for ages.  Thank you whoever you were as I've forgotten who you are!  [Edit:  I have since been reminded that it was Donna Brookes, so thanks Donna.] Having masked off an area of a 19cm x 19cm piece of Sheena's stamping card, I blended Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxides over the exposed piece, spritzed lightly with water, removed the masks and dried the page.
Next, I stamped the clock face from the Clocks and Cogs set by Claritystamp using Versamark ink and heat embossing in gold embossing powder.  The hands were added separately, triple heat embossed each time to make them stand out.  The year and the age of the recipient are hidden in the time shown!
The remaining areas of the clock face were coloured in using the Distress Oxides to match the panel, then one of the sentiments from the Time Machine stamp set by Kaisercraft was stamped and embossed in the same way as before.
An additional cog from the Kaisercraft set was added as a finishing touch.
A small brad was added to the centre of the clock and the panel was matted onto a piece of black card (19.5cm x 19.5cm).
Finally, the whole topper was added to a 20cm x 20cm white card blank.

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