Saturday, 6 July 2013

Grunge Birthday

Well, it's been a couple of dry weeks in terms of my stamping mojo!  Last week, I tried to make my card for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge and after two hours, I realised it just wasn't going to happen so I walked out of the room and didn't go back into it until today.  

I had better luck today, which was fortunate because I had to make a card for my youngest son's 11th birthday which is on Monday.

I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I'm also linking this up to the challenge at SUO Challenges, which is to showcase your favorite accessories.  Well, my favorite accessory is embossing powder.  I love all the different techniques available with embossing powder and this one I've featured is probably my favorite - emboss resist.

I clear-embossed the card base with Sanded background stamp and then stamped several images from Grunge Rock; Clockworks and French Foliage onto Whisper White and embossed them with clear EP.  I sponged over the embossing with different colored inks. The strip under the main image is an off-cut which worked quite nicely for the sketch.  The guitar is embossed in black onto Whisper White and cut out.  Even the sentiment is black-embossed.

Here's a close-up of the embossed card base, which adds some lovely texture to the card:

Here's the sketch I worked from:

Thanks for looking.

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamps:  Grunge Rock; Clockworks; French Foliage; Sanded
Cardstock:  Basic Black; Whisper White; Lucky Limeade
Ink:  Versamark; Lucky Limeade; Daffodil Delight; Island Indigo
Accessories:  Clear EP; Black EP; Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine; Everyday Enchantment Brad


Edited to Add:  This card was chosen for a Perfect Princess Award at Freshly Made Sketches and a Top 3 Pick at SUO Challenges.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE this, Karren! Great color combination, and sponging with the emboss resist. I really like that you embossed the card base too! Awesome card! Thanks for sharing with us at SUO Challenges!

Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

I love embossing powder, too - I just don't use it often enough. Maybe some of your newly-acquired Mojo will rub off on me - you just did a beautiful job with this card. Thanks so much for joining the SUO Challenge this week!

Amy O said...

I LOVE this card! What a perfect card for a pre-teen boy. Your technique was executed so well. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Mary Brown said...

This is just such a FABULOUS card Karren! I love how your bright colors just pop on the black! Thanks for joining the SUO challenge!

Jen Timko said...

Karren, this card is SOOOO cool! Love the collage of colors and images!! Glad to see you this week at FMS!!

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

What a fabbo card Karren! I love the colors and how fantastic everything looks with the emboss resist! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Darnell said...

Karren, this is grungilicious and fab!! Congratulations on the FMS shoutout!!

Cathy said...

Love this card Karren, gorgeous colours and texture. Great use of the emboss resist technique. Cathy x

Connie Babbert said...

Gorgeous!!! Great card for your son...he'll love it! Glad you got your mojo back! Thanks for playing along with the accessory challenge this time on SUO Challenges!

Karen Barber said...

THis one is DEF one of my favs this week for the SUO challenge - a direction my brain just won't go in, you have NAILED this card, and I love it!

Judys said...

Love this effect. I always need teen, pre-teen guy cards and this one is perfect! Colors are great too.