Now, followers of my blog will notice that I do like a little bit of machine stitching on some of my projects, so this was the perfect challenge for me and with all the recent Tim Holtz Dapper themed products, I decided to create a card full of layers and texture, that would be suitable for any stylish gentleman. I also showed how you can combine the large Dapper set with the mini versions of the stamps that are now available on the Ladies and Gentlemen stamp set.
To begin with, I cut a piece of the "tape measure" paper from the Dapper Paper stash to measure 19 x 17cm and I machine stitched around the edge of the paper, leaving some loose ends of cotton to hang free. Matt the paper onto kraft card and then mount the matted layers onto a black card blank.
Next is the layering and I cut a piece of burlap, 16 x 13.5cm and once again, I machine stitched a border around the edge of the burlap and left loose threads of the cotton hanging.
For my final layer, I used a piece of white Substrate sheet by Tim Holtz and this again measures, 16 x 13.5cm. I spritzed the sheet with a mist of water and then scrunched it tightly in my hand. Open the sheet out ~ this is such a clever surface as it creates the look of leather but it's paper!! I wanted to create a slightly worn, vintage look to the surface and to take some of the "whiteness" away, so whilst the substrate sheet was still damp, I flicked Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Stain over it and let the stain run and blend into the paper. I heat dried the surface and then stitched a border around the edge.
I matted the burlap and the "leather look" substrate sheet onto the covered card blank, off-setting each layer as they were attached and not fully attaching the substrate sheet, so that it would look more natural.
I can now set that section aside to work on the rest...
For this, I used the largest Stitched Rectangle die to die cut a piece of canvas and then I also cut separate frame using the largest and the second largest die, which I placed inside.
I painted the surface of my canvas and the frame using a blend of PaperArtsy Snowflake White Fresco Finish Paint and Antique Linen Distress Paint.
I then used the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and a small amount of gesso smeared onto the surface using my finger, to create a more worn effect to both sections of the canvas. Once the paint was dry, I flicked some Frayed Burlap Distress stain across the surface.
Around the edge of the frame section, I added some foil highlights using the gold foil from the Vintage Foil Transfer sheets and this helped to create just a little bit of shimmer.
For the focal point of my card, I inked up the gentleman from the Dapper Stamp set and stamped onto the centre of my framed canvas.
I added some colour using pencils.
I stamped the wording onto a further piece of canvas, painted with the same combination of paints as before and then matted this panel onto a piece of kraft card and added two small hex fasteners either side.
As the final layer, I cut a tape section strip of the tape measure paper and mounted it onto a piece of card which was cut exactly the same size but this gave the paper some extra strength.
I then used a gold pen to add a line at either end of the tape strip before attaching this across the centre of my covered card blank, leaving the ends to overhang the card.
So, I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind my card and as always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....
Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead