Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Totally Tool Card

I can always use some "man" cards, can't you?...although this set isn't limited only to men because many women are handy with tools also, right?  This set, Totally Tool, is fun to work with and a little different from most of the other sets Stampin' Up! offers.  Each of the five tool images has a saying underneath it; these can be mounted with the image or mounted on the side of the block, giving you more flexibility with it.  You can also use the omitting technique, using a marker to ink only the part of the stamp you wish to use.

For the cards today, I chose to use the full stamp including the image.  These cards were for a fast make and take in a short period of time.  The first one is more simple than the second.  The image was stamped and colored with a Blender Pen and Going Grey ink then mounted on Old Olive and a Silver Mini Brad attached to each corner.

To give this card something of an "industrial" look, I wrapped a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil around a piece of cardstock then ran it through the Big Shot with the Harlequin Texturz Plate to give an interesting background layer.  This is really  easy and adds so much to the card.  You may wish to use a shim to give more pressure to the Big Shot "sandwich"; I used a sheet of copy paper but each machine may be calibrated a little different so you might need to experiment to get the best results.

The card base is Old Olive with a layer of Not Quite Navy on top.  I used Dimensionals to attach the top two layers to the cards.

The next card has an additional step in it's construction.  If you look closely, you can see that I used the Woodgrain background stamp, stamping it in Not Quite Navy ink on the NQN cardstock.  This gives a little more depth and textural interest to the card.

The use of the aluminum foil is an easy technique which gives light and reflectivity to the card and really dials up the pizazz!  Just handle the pieces carefully during construction of the card to keep from compressing the texture.

I hope you enjoyed these simple cards.  This set offers a lot more possibilities; these cards are just a fun start!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope to see you again soon!  Try this technique and post a link to your creation in the comments section of this post so we can see what you did with it!  Have fun!



Alex said...

LOVE this, what a great guy card!!! I have such a hard time with these, but this one is fabulous!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Jenn said...

Wow - great idea with the foil and works so well with the totally tools set. Thanks for the inspiration!
Jenn, Australia

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