Theme at Kenny K this week - vintage/grunge
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Hope any of you who were at the craft fair near the Trafford Centre, Manchester yesterday (Saturday), had a great time. I know I did & got a few more crafting goodies to keep me going too.
As for my card here, gosh, where to I begin with this one then, eh? LOL. Not exactly minimalistic is it! LOL. Yes, Kenny K has drawn us all some more images to play with - adding to his Steampunk range - & this sassy gal is a pilot (you got that from the goggles, right?) going by the name of 'Brianna Blaster'. Now to me, Steampunk is more than a collaboration of Victoriana + Punk. To me, it is more Victoriana meets modern technology. Basically, if a Victorian were to have our technology to play with, what might it look like - & there seems to be a twist of 'future' into the mix. So on this card I have gone for the eclectic attitudes of the Victorian era (ie., if there is an inch of space, fill it with something elaborate) & let this girl with her futuristic gun loose into this crowded mechanical world.
Brianna has been coloured with Promarkers to give her a leather cap & Air Force blue 'uniform' - well that was my intention so if I succeeded I am sure you will let me know. :) I gave her a long mat with no layering as I wanted it to look as if she had just been beamed down, like a time traveller. Now, I don't reckon she would be able to run very far in those 'killer heels' but that said, with that gun in her hand, she probably wouldn't need to! She looks quite a capable young lady to me. LOL. I used the tops of her stockings as the 3 rows of a ranking officer (I think 3 stripes is a Sergeant) - well she hasn't got room for emblems on her arms has she! LOL. For the remaining colours I tried to achieve a gun & back-pack etc., of steel & brass, using Promarkers to colour the large clock in too. This clock, the 'butterfly' & the tickets are all from Kim Lariviere.
I got out my Fleur de Lis dies from Spellbinders again for the corner pieces & the shape above & peeping below the clock-face, colouring them using Promarkers again even the gold or silver highlights. However, for the cog wheels I didn't rely on a die at all but created my own, drawing 3 concentric circles quite close together & cutting 'teeth' from the outer one to the middle one. For the larger wheel I added spokes cutting out the triangular shapes (to the inner most circle), using a craft knife & making a hole in the middle with my Crop-a-Dile. Each wheel was then inked & embossed. The backing paper which seemed just perfect for my daring aviator was from TLC but I added my own finishing touches to that too by making a large cog wheel the same way as my smaller wheels & then using it as a stencil for my Distress Inks (at the corner with the other wheels). I then inked around the rest of the page too before adding the metal brads to hold a cog wheel in place & to adorn 2 corners.
Well, I wanted to finish it off by creating a suitable insert & this one uses word-art from Kim Lariviere (yes, it is in French & the translation, should you need it, is "Friendship is love without wings" which seemed just perfect not only for a card for a friend but for my pilot image- wings, get it, LOL) - & yes, I am pretty sure the recipient would understand the French without me having to explain it, fortunately! I tore around the edges of this before sticking down at a slight angle. The Spellbinders Fleur de Lis die at the top & bottom edges gave it the relevant Steampunk 'je ne sais quoi" - sorry gone back into French mode! LOL, & this design helped it match in with the front too. Getting the strip of Fleur de Lis all the way across was a bit fiddly as I needed it to be longer than the die actually is, but as you know, I rarely make life easy for myself! LOL. As I didn't want to add 'bulk' to the insert of the card by using any metal embellies I went a bit creative with the photo anchor too. I very carefully embossed a metal one (by running it through my die cutter) then cut it out by hand and added a card circle punched out using my Crop a Dile to create the idea of a top of a brad. I coloured this with Promarkers before sticking down to give a punctuation of colour to the otherwise very white interior.
Well, I think that is everything! Hope I haven't missed anything out but there is quite a bit on this one. LOL. If you feel like playing along with our vintage/grunge challenge this week you don't of course, have to use Steampunk as your inspiration - but do remember that if you use any of Kenny K's images on your card you stand a chance of winning some of Donna's fabby papers & Kenny's digis .
Challenges I would like to enter this card for are:
Papercraft Star - Steampunk
Passion for Promarkers - anything goes (but use Promarkers - as if you need to ask me! LOL)
I Brake For Challenges - shabby chic
Crafty Creations - use at least 3 dies/punches (3- all from the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis range, 3 corners dies, 3 single elements & 2 borders) - plus embossing my metallic photo corner to make a card one too
Jellypark - dies/punches
Cards for Men - G is for.....(grunge)
Anything Goes Challenge - inspired by tv/film (Dr. Who - a kind of Time Lord, she is beaming down from one time period to another)
Stamp Challenges - September digi day
Card Makin' Mamas - digis
Crafty Pad - blue & brown
Glitter Geeks - sports mad (given that she is a Pilot with a gun in hand, - flying & shooting)
Stamptacular Sunday - sky's the limit (be creative)
Inspire Me Fridays - always anything goes (logo & bottom of sidebar).