Sometimes card can be created by pure chance. Circumstance can deflect you from your original goal and move you onto a new design. Some people call this ‘fiddling’, on this occasion, I call it luck.
When I first started thinking of what to do for this card, I didn’t have the theme of luck in mind to be fair. I was just playing around with the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear and trying out some new layouts.
Here’s a shot of my craft desk whilst I was in the midst of that experimentation.
… and here are a few of the layout ideas that I created during that session.
The rough ideas that I fleshed out were ok but I kept hitting my head against a brick wall when I came to the overall theme so I turned to the stamps that I was using as inspiration.
They were the ‘Elegant Suit’ stamps from Inkadinkado. They were obviously themed around the suits from a deck of playing cards.
I began snow-balling ideas and finally felt that ‘Good Luck’ would be most appropriate.
After a quick cup of tea and a clear down of the craft desk (it needed it!) I began putting the idea into action.
Grabbing an A6 piece of cardstock and laying it on top of a large A4 sheet of white paper I secured it in place with a sticky note, which I’d also intended to use as a mask for the lower six centimetres of the A6 cardstock.
I then got hold of my Inkadinkado Stamping Gear wheel and paddle. Mounting the stamp at the largest end of the paddle and right in the centre. I also chose a Momento Tuxedo Black inkpad to work with – the name seemed appropriate somehow.
Here’s a picture of where things have go to.
It is a little difficult to see in that photo whereabouts the white cardstock is so I have taken a photo from above and super-imposed an approximation (of where the A6 card is) on top so that you can get a better idea in case you want to try this for yourself. You’ll also be able to see that the North and South markers on the Stamping Wheel are located on the vertical axis.
Almost everything was in place to start creating the design however before stamping anything onto the paper I had to create some masks. I created these by stamping (with Stazon ink) onto some scraps of masking film and then cutting them out.
There were about 16 in all (I didn’t need them all for this project, but they are there for next time at least). TIP: if you are using this type of masking film, it is easier to stamp on the papery side of it – if you choose to stamp on the glossy film itself, you will need light pressure and a VERY steady hand.
Next I made my first stamp impression at the ‘north’ point of the Stamping Wheel, applied one of the masks on top of it and then stamped an impression either side using the open basic method (i.e. skipping one notch and going into the next one). I repeated this, working in pairs around the wheel.
In the next couple of photos you will get an idea of how this built up.
Once I had completed that (to the point that all impressions would overlap the sticky note) I then masked off the central area and stamped into each of the notches on the wheel that I had not stamped into already. In case you were wondering, I did not mask any of the second set of impressions.
These next two images will show you the before and after of that step.
Looking a right mess now isn’t it?! Thankfully it is supposed to :) Phew! *mops brow*.
Now it was time to start the ink blending so I removed the Stamping Wheel and got out a Black Soot Distress Inkpad (Tim Holtz) and a blending brush (a shaving foam brush for 60p from Wilkos – it tends to shed a lot but what a bargain!).
Using the blending brush and Distress Ink I added a little colour all over the unmasked area before I started removing any of the masks. Working with opposing pairs I began removing the masks (in reverse order, starting with those nearest to the sticky note) and blending some more ink each time I removed a pair of masks.
The idea behind this method was intended to (hopefully) result in more ink being applied to the areas that have been unmasked the longest, so by doing it in stages I would get a gradual tonal shift (sounds right fancy doesn’t it? Lol).
Anyway, the result was this.
It worked well (in my opinion) but I was half expecting a chimney sweep to pop out and start singing something from Mary Poppins, but this excitement didn’t happen :( so I carried on with the card.
The rest of the construction of the background and frame were fairly straightforward.
I removed all of the remaining masks, including the sticky notes, and then matted this onto red and then black cardstock. I got a nice slim edge on the layers by using the 1/16th increment on the Perfect Layers Ruler.
To create the centre piece I first added a strip of black cardstock across the middle, just under the shaded and stamped area. Cutting some circles, using Spellbinders dies, and layering these together gave me a nice frame to add an embellishment to.
Ah, Ok, I’ll fess up at this point, I hadn’t really considered the embellishment until now. I thought that I would like to use a few playing cards but this would mean finding them on the internet, downloading them, printing and then cutting them out. What a cafuffle!
I therefore went on the hunt around the house. Turfing out boxes of this and that to try and find something suitable. All of a sudden I stumbled upon some mini playing cards (that I had ‘won’ from a Christmas cracker a while back) – what a stroke of luck – perfect! (and also a little ironic mayhaps?)
Anyway, I obviously whizzed back to the card and added these to the circle frame, using a little Pinflair glue gel to hold up the corners of the playing cards.
This is what it looked like at this point.
Sentiment, sentiment, sentiment. I rummaged the peel off pile but felt that the gold that I had wouldn’t be appropriate so I whipped out the big guns (the Cricut Mini) and quickly cut a sentiment in black cardstock.
Anyway, that’s about it really – a couple of hairy moments, but it was finally done. Here’s a shot of the finished thing.
What do you think? I’m actually quite proud of this one :)
Have you had any good luck lately? Have you had reason to wish someone ‘bonne chance’?
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