Haha, it'll be fine.
Yesterday was a sad day. Whilst I craft I listen to the radio generally, and radio 6 had so many amazing tributes to Bowie. I didn't really care what was on TV, or going on at the CHA. The radio just suited my mood to mourn a great loss for art and music. Today they are playing more variety - but thankfully there's still alot about Bowie on there - it feels just right. And crafting was more pleasurable today.
A lady on Facebook (sorry, I've gone and forgotten who posted the request!), asked me about making cards for men. This is something I haven't touched on. I'll do a series of them - I think. As long as I don't get bored.
The first card I have made for chaps, started with this lovely little wooden bike and a piece of cream card:
I stamped the word Dad
And then tore the card. I wanted quite a controlled tear, to I used a water brush and ruler to create a line of water, which allowed me to tear the paper with ease and control
Next, I embossed a scrap piece of cream card using a Tim Holtz Alterations folder
I almost left it like that, but wanted to add a bit of colour. I used a couple of colours in different blue tones. I had a sponge dauber, which I dipped into the paint, and slammed down onto my card. The slamming makes the paint splodge out (technical terms again). I love this look. The one that hadn't splodged enough, I took a cocktail stick and dragged some of the paint out
I then took the end of a cardboard roll (old Christmas paper tube are good for this) and dipped it into the paint.
I added a few circles of paint onto my card
I was really trying to not fall into the normal trap of matting and layering - or just not being able to stop adding "stuff". It's really tricky to keep a card quite plain, and I do love the effect - but just find myself adding and glittering! I did allow myself to go round the edges with the paint
I then added my embossed card into place. At this stage I decided the splats were to low on my card. To late, was the cry. Nah, just chop the top off your card.
I wanted to staple the ripped paper onto my card, but the left side obviously can't be reached by my regular stapler, so I added the staple to the paper, and then glued it to the card
I stapled the card at the right side
And then clued my little bike in place
Couldn't help myself, I did a little bit of doodling on the Dad card
Finished. It's a nice, simple card. Pretty happy with it.