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Monday, October 29, 2012

Lion King

Hello!

Today's card is heavy on the pictures and details, so I'll get right to it.

One of the challenges for which I made this card is the one over at Pile it On, and their challenge is #44 - For the Birthday Boy.  Masculine cards can be a challenge, at least for me, and I don't have a lot of necessity for them; however, I do love a challenge, and my husband's birthday is in December, so I decided to make the masculine card for him.

This is what's known as a "twisted" card, which is a lot of fun to make.  You follow a certain sequence of steps, and you end up with a card with a pocket on the inside as well as the outside.  Kelly Gettelfinger has a fine step-by-step video showing the process here.  

Let me say right now that this can be a super simple kind of card, and in fact I had fully intended for it to be so.  But...something usually happens and I wind up doing minute detail work, and somehow a simple card turns into a labor-intensive card, but that's just me.  You can make it very simply, and the card itself is a snap.  








 
The base CS is SU Early Espresso, and the animal print paper is a double-sided dp from my stash.  I embossed the lion head image from the Big Cats stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co. in gold embossing powder.  I used SU gold because it is more muted than the razzmatazz gold I usually use.  Then I die cut the image using Dienamics Circle Stax 1 and 2.  I also cut a kraft circle one size up but it's covered by the circle frame also cut from kraft and "painted" with copper Perfect Pearls.


I attached four grommets, two on the front piece and two on the back and painted them with Copper Creative Inspirations paints because the gold was too harsh.  I also toned down the gold charm from Mark's Finest Papers with a black Sharpie because it, too, was a little bright.  Hemp cord was used to tie the card closed.

I didn't have a single manly button, so I made my own from Memory Box Scalloped Buttons dies, using wood print paper and covering them in Aleene's Paper Glaze, then layering them onto a small piece of burlap.  Where there's a will, there's a way.

 For the tag inside, I used kraft paper and stamped it with a name-unknown stamp from Michael's, then sponged the sides with TH Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  I embossed the greeting with the same gold embossing powder as that which I used on the front of the card.  A piece of fringe is the "ribbon," and the "leather" flower is a medallion that I made using a corner punch on a 1 3/4" square piece of kraft, inked and painted with bronze and copper Perfect Pearls, spritzed with water and scrunched up to distress it.  Can you tell which corner punch I used? 
  

Here's a close up.  



Still can't tell?  It's Martha Stewart's spider corner punch.  It IS almost Halloween, after all.  A SU antique brad in the center finishes things off.

Thank you for visiting me and my blog, and here's wishing you a wonderful week.

Happy Crafting!

Challenges entered:

Pile It On #44 - For the Birthday Boy
Alota Rubberstamps Challenge #93 - Birthday celebrations
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #192 - Birthday
Creative Card Crew Challenge 22 - Fancy Folds
CCEE1243 - Tag on or as card 
Charisma Cardz Challenge #42 - Don't Be Square
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 74 - Anything Goes
Drunken Stampers Challenge #103 - Pretty Little Liars (card with a secret)



12 comments:

Kimie said...

Wowza! This card is a doozy, and I mean that in the best possible way! I absolutely love that embossed lion. He is beautiful! Love those little details like the crown and the buttons you made yourself. Cool! I really love that tag on the inside though - "Wild Thing." LOL :) I think your husband is going to love this card. How could he not. TFS! MWAH!!

Mum of 4 said...

What an awesome masculine card! Your hubby is sure to love it. I love the embossed lion and all your little details! Super!!! TFS!!

Donna said...

Gorgeous card!
Thanks for playing along with us for the "pretty little liars" challenge at Drunken Stampers this week.

Cat's sCrap said...

Original theme and original concept. What a creativity ! Bravo !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and "Bonne Chance" !

Hugs from France.
Catherine.

Céline said...

fab!
thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy this week
hugs
céline

Patty K said...

I knew what corner punch it was. However, I did not realize it, until you asked the question. I own it. That was brilliant to use that spider punch. It does not look like a spider the way you assembled it.

The card is gorgeous!

Hugs,
Tink

Ellapu said...

Wow this is so differnet and absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing over at Creative Card crew this time.
Elaine DT

FiLoMa said...

This is a lovely card. Love the design, colours and embellishments used. Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew. Cheers FiLoMa DT

Elle said...

Wow, great card. Love the theme. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew.

Hugs
Elle

SusanBluerobot said...

alota challenge winner
http://alotarubberstamps.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/challenge-94-blue-and-white.html

Jackie said...

What a lovely card. It seems so detailed and neat. I love the colors you used on this. Thank you for joining us this week at the Drunken Stampers Challenge!

Jackie, Drunken Stampers DT

Yoonwiwd said...

Wowza! This card is a doozy, and I mean that in the best possible way! I absolutely love that embossed lion. He is beautiful! Love those little details like the crown and the buttons you made yourself. Cool! I really love that tag on the inside though - "Wild Thing." LOL :) I think your husband is going to love this card. How could he not. TFS! MWAH!!