I often get visits to my blog from countries other than the United Kingdom so in honour of my blog buddies worldwide I wanted to create a card as a bit of a thank you and to say hi to all of you lovely folk.
I am truly grateful for each and every visit, wherever you are from.
It’s weird and humbling to think that people from other countries are reading and enjoying my little slice of the internet.
I only really write this as a bit of a hobby so the fact that you all come along, read, and often comment gives me such a happy feeling as I know that I am in good company.
Anyway, so I said that I wanted to create a card to celebrate this fact and so I did – here it is :)
Ok, I think that I may have also over compensated as there are quite a few photos, but hopefully they will give you a better insight into the creative process (at least that’s my excuse!)
Anyway, waffle waffle waffle, I’d best get on with it.
To kick this card off I rifled my stamps and found the perfect set that would create this card.
I used a sentiment from a set – sadly I can’t tell you who the manufacturer is as I have ditched the packaging and totally forgotten so if anyone recognizes it, I’d love it if you could let everyone else know in the comments box at the end of this post (pretty please).
I also used the “All Aboard – Map” stamp from docrafts and an aeroplane clear stamp from cArt-us.
First up I stamped out the sentiment.
By the way I used the coffee coloured Archival inkpad to stamp this out.
I then wanted to give it a little shade of colour but didn’t have a mask so made one from a circular die. I actually created several at this point as I was (miraculously) thinking ahead and was also going to shade the map later on.
Anyway, crazy moment over I did then use the mask to ink over the sentiment.
I grabbed an eight inch square white card and drew lines from each corner that intersected in the middle and used these lines as a guide to stamp the map in the centre of the card, like so *wafts hand towards picture*.
Using some distress inks (Tim Holtz obviously) and blender brushes from Clarity stamps I gave the edges a haze of blue.
Earlier on I had planned to see this world map through an aperture so I put this to one side and got another eight inch square card and again drew lines from the corners across the card and used this mark to centre the circular cog from the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear.
I then laid down the die that was going to be cutting the aperture and used this to gauge how far away the aeroplane needed to be.
I added some tack n peel to my paddle and then inserted it into the cog and picked up the stamp.
The die was removed next before I started to stamp.
Using the coffee coloured Archival inkpad I then used the shadow stamping technique to do a complete circuit of the cog with the aeroplane stamp. (shadow stamping is as follows – ink the stamp and make an impression, make a second impression in the next notch on the cog BEFORE reinking and doing the same again).
This image of the completed circuit should make it clearer…
Ok, so I got the eraser a while ago but as I am taking part in Movember I thought that it was worth mentioning; also it’s my favourite eraser!
Now, aeroplanes fly through the clouds and not snowdrifts, which is what this looks like right now, so I created a small mask from three small die cut circles stuck together and began blending off the mask onto the card to give the impression of clouds.
Here is the result of the first circuit.
Now, up to this point I had been planning ahead but I suddenly decided that because the aeroplane was a vintage bi-plane that I wanted this to have a very heavy sepia feel so I urgently reached for a whole bunch of browny coloured distress inks, the blending brushes and my blending mat and got to work.
Some people might say that I over did it, but I really liked the finished result.
Using the circular Spellbinders dies I cut the aperture in the centre of the aeroplane design.
If this were a movie, this bit would have been a montage!
Instead, quite a while later, I alighted on an idea to just create a simple strip with cardstock and then add a chocolate box type of bow (from the same cardstock) and putting the sentiment in the middle of it.
Pure and simple, so I went ahead.
(Oh, by the way, I had also layered the aeroplane design onto the map that I had stamped earlier).
Finally the sentiment topper went on but at this point I didn’t think that it was “finished”.
I didn’t want to use gems or glitter as it had quite an antiqued feel and I thought that this wouldn’t have worked so I had another poke through me stash and found some Dark Bronze and Black Pearl Cosmic Shimmer pearlescent PVA glue, tried it out on a bit of scrap and thought that it looked a bit like the rivets on the aeroplane image – so used those to finish the design off.
To be honest I wish I was flying out to each of the countries that visit my blog and doing a crafty road trip but sadly this won’t be happening anytime soon – I can but dream.
Well, that’s it for this one.
Thanks again from reading and I would love you all, no matter where you are, to leave a comment below to say hi to other countries and tell me/them which country you are from.
Any questions or comments can also go down there in the comments section as ever.
Take care of yourselves.