Friday, August 07, 2015

Random Thoughts

When I first saw Svenja's choice of picture for this week's "August Elemental Inspiration" Picture challenge I thought, "Lots to work with there, shouldn't be too tricky....".  But no! although there are loads of things to work with I really struggled to come up with something.  So in the end I went with the Chuck Everything In method :) - sometimes I do this with flowers, lace, ribbons et al and get a surprisingly soft, pretty effect, but this time I came up with this Steampunk-inspired card, which once I'd actually started I had a huge amount of fun with, and made a huge amount of mess all over the room as I hunted out treasures to use

Before I try to record all the stuff I used, here's Svenja's Inspiration photo - click for a closer look at everything in the display

There are loads of "layers" on this one I'll go through it from the card blank up!

Smooth White card blank
Smooth White card square for next layer

Blue background Element:
2 colours Distress Inks, direct to paper, then "moved" around with a wet wipe
2 colours of Spray Mists, deep blue and turquoise-blue

Ink Splodge stencil (Tando) with Black Ink
RubOn borders (Imaginisce), they are old but I think called "off the edge"
RubOn "Random Thoughts" from a booklet of monograms and headings like this (old, can't remember where from)

I stopped using RubOns because they were so unreliable and rarely transferred properly, but for grungy stuff like this they are perfect as it doesn't matter if some bits don't transfer well ;)

At this point I trimmed down the square slightly, inked the edges and adhered to the card blank

wood element;
Tore across strip of brown Bazzill card and embossed with "Distressed Stripes" (Cuttlebug), Inked over for depth of colour 

Monopoly Element;
Resized and printed out onto card an image of the board from Google, then grouped this together with a miniature postcard (Fruit Pixie) and some die-cut cogs (Tim Holtz)

Upper Layer
Cream Lace, Buttons (hessian covered one from Nikki Sivills), 
Pen Nib, Clock Face, Thermometer (all from The  Fruit Pixie) 
Top Hat cut from a miniature postcard (Fruit Pixie) 
Wooden arrows inked black (Ruby Rock-It)

Candlestick Telephone Element;
I used a "colouring page" image found on the web to make a cutting template to use with Silhouette Cameo

Even with all that "stuff" it seemed to need something more so I added a shot of colour with the cherry blossom flower and a black-inked leaf

My other "element" is the general array of eclectic bits and bobs in the photo - you could spend ages in there, sifting though all those treasures, couldn't you?

I do like a bit of arty-farty-steampunky, but I'm not sure I know anyone I send cards to who this would appeal to so I'm thinking I'll probably keep it for my shelf - maybe "tweak" it a bit to make it more of a picture or canvas sort of thing.

It would be great to see you join in with us this week, you can check out the other fantastic creations HERE

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Gez Butterworth said...

STUNNING! L o v e :))

Laine said...

Fabulous layers and detail Cathy. Love the background colour. A stunning project.

Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous and loving the background.
Linda xxx

Chris said...

It`s wonderful. Chris xx

Katie Lamb said...

Stuning card

Andree said...

This is wonderful Kathy. I love the gorgeous background and the collage you've made with all the elements xx

Svenja said...

Well, Kathy, after all... you know ME... :-P
I LOVE your card, it's really ALL there! So many elements, so many details - you did a great job there.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is stunning. Hugs Jackie

Dawn Lancaster said...

Fantastic make Kathy! I love your style lady!
Dawn xx

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Nice work Kathy!

Angelnorth said...

A fab collection of elements all put together beautifully - love it!

Dawn said...

Stunning work. Where did you get the tiny monopoly board from? Its brill.

Kathy said...

Dawn, the monopoly board is an image from google, resized and printed out onto white Bazzill card

Purvi Gadewar said...

Stunning card! Love all the elements...layers...details...