Wednesday 24 June 2015

Up In The Air

     We have a new challenge over at The Male Room this week, our theme is 'Up In The Air' but No Birds Allowed!
      Sometime ago I bought a set of stamps  from Chocolate Baroque called Steampunk Travel. I rather liked the play on words for some of the designs, like this one, it's called a 'Skylight'!
     To keep it masculine I decided to raid my stash and dig out the metal sheets I have from Walnut Hollow. I stamped on to a copper sheet using Stazon, then I used some of the metal work tools to trace around the design outlines and work from e back to stretch the metal and give the design dimension.
     The stippling around the design is done using a small ball tool to make tiny dents.
      Once all the metal work was done it was time to add some age. This was done by dabbing Distress Paints on to the metal and allowing them to dry. Once dry the metal was buffed with a tissue to remove some of the paint and bring a shine to the raised areas, leaving colour in the recesses.
      The background started life as a piece of Kraft card, it was embossed with a cogs folder before adding gilding waxes.
     I have used three colours of wax to build up the worn look, Teal, Chic Pumpkin and Autumn Bronze. These are dabbed on at random and allowed to dry off before being buffed up to a nice shine with a tissue.
     I haven't added much in the centre of the card as this will be covered by the main image panel.
     I like to make mildly grungy items, especially for men and I love the gilding waxes because of their gorgeous colour and the sheen.
     The copper sheet has been stuck down with red line tape on to a black mat layer. This layer has been stuck with red line tape again on to the background. Red line tape is ultra sticky so it's great for metal and other slippery surfaces.
     The word 'Skylight' is stamped on to black card and embossed with copper before being die cut using a small label die.
     Both the design layer and the label are attached with tiny copper brads before the background was mounted on to a black mat.
     I tried this on a Kraft card but it looked too dark so it has been mounted on a cream card blank. I apologise for the photographs but it's tricky taking a good picture of something shiny.
     I do hope you come and join us at The Male Room, we have lots of inspiration from the DT to get you started, you have the next two weeks to join us with your creation.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash - For The Boys
Cardz 4 Guyz - Use a Die or A Punch  (Label)
Clear It Out - Your Style & Favourite Stash Item ( Gilding Wax)
Card Mania - Use A Metal Embellishment (Copper Sheet & Brads)
Crafty Cardmakers - For A Man Or Boy
Get Creative - For The Boys / Father's Day


  1. A fabulous male themed card. Your Hot Air Balloon image is lovely and looks spectacular embossed into the copper metal sheet. I also love how you have aged the metal with paints and your embossed background matches wonderfully. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.

  2. Your cards never fail to amaze me, Rocky, you are such a talented and creative crafter. Love it!
    Louise xx

  3. A fantastic embossed card. Great result with the different colour gilding waxes. So pleased you joined our fun at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz

  4. This is cool! Love how you did the metal focal point! :)

  5. I am totally in awe! You worked magic with that metal sheet & wonderful image!

  6. Rocky this just is sooo amazing! I just keep going back to it! The guy who gets this card is one lucky boy!

  7. WOW! Am totally in awe of your creativity and the fantastic techniques you know about. Just AMAZING!

  8. Fabulous card, love the embossed metal and the great techniques you have used

    Thanks for joining us at cardz4guyz this week


  9. Wow Rocky, this is just incredible!! I love the layers of metallic and the embossed patterns are really amazing! Such a gorgeous piece, thanks for the process shots! Love your work, I'm your newest follower! hugs :)

  10. This is fantastic. Thanks for joining in the Crafty Cardmakers and More challenge. Mary

  11. Fantastic! Love the metallic and the steampunk elements on your card! Thanks so much for playing along with the crew at Shopping Our Stash this week for our "For the Boys" challenge!!

  12. Fab design and technique. I used to love the challenges at TTT and miss it a lot

    Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz this week x

  13. Love this. The copper metal and the wonderful steampunk balloon are just fabulous. Brilliant card xxx

  14. Wow Rocky, this is just brilliant. I love the way you have used the copper sheet and would never have thought of stamping on it. Wonderful!

  15. oh wow! so cool! Love how you made the balloon!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  16. I've never seen this technique - it's stunning. thanks for sharing at Clear it Out.
    Larelyn DT


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