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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sunset Biker

My daughter has been married for three-and-a-half years. Her husband is a motor bike enthusiast. He follows the sport, rides them, and even repairs them for a living. But when their car finally gave up the ghost (and he'd been working to keep it running using his considerable mechanical skill), he traded in his motorbike to get her a new car. Yep, he's a good one.

His birthday isn't until April, but an idea came to me after browsing this post. I've combined it with this week's Color My Heart dare: Sunset, Honey, and Buttercup, CASology: Flame, and Heart2Heart: Clean & Simple.



The stamp set is Born to Ride.  Can you guess why I used it???

The sunset effect was done using two different techniques. The first was watercoloring. I squeezed the lid into the Sunset ink pad, picked up the excess ink, and brushed it on the white square working it down about a third of the paper. I then squeezed the Honey ink pad, and brushed the middle third, and finished with the Buttercup ink for the bottom third.  When it was dry, I put it under a book overnight to straighten out the paper.

Before quitting for the night, I colored two brass brads with a black Copic marker and let them set overnight, too.

The next day, I used sponge daubers in Sunset across just the top and Honey along the left side. I stamped the bike in the lightest corner of color making sure to go off the edges.

I used a 1/2 inch circle punch to create the notches and then foam mounted it onto a square piece of linen cut 1/4 inch larger. Since the inked paper was still a bit warbled, there is a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of foam mounting tape under the colored piece. I used a pen to mark the center of the notched out areas, punched a small hole, and pushed the black brads through.

To make sure the edges under the brads stayed flush to the card base, I used super strong double sided tape. I've long ago thrown out the box it came in, but I got it at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.

Who's the greatest mother-in-law of all time?  Yeah, baby!

Until next time,
Becca

14 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! What a great technique! I might have to case this for my own motorcycle family! I love how it is so clean, yet soooo beautiful! Nope, Becca--your secret is still safe...no clue, lol...

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  2. Love this card - the colour of course, but the little details of the flame at the top and the cut outs for the brads are amazing! (and the fact that you coloured them is supercool!) I have a trick for reducing warping when embossing. Cover a piece of chipboard with aluminum foil (tape it at the back). Use this as a base when embossing - my theory (not proven) is that the foil reflects the heat and the powder melts from both sides and reduces warping. I've been doing this for almost 5 years - started it when I was embossing envelopes for a wedding and didn't want to burn the thinner paper. It may work for you too! Thanks so much for playing along with CASology this week!

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  3. What a cool card, Becca! So sleek and chic! I love it. Thanks for explaing your techniques. I've never tried that before. I'm going to have to give it a try.

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  4. Becca, you are an amazing mother-in-law! What a great, personal card for your son-in-law! I love the flame image in the corner, and the colors and layers are gorgeous while still perfectly CAS. Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!

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  5. Becca what a great card, love your interpretation of flame. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

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  6. Fabulous card Becca, I love the detail around the brads and the bg colouring.

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  7. This is a wonderful personal card for your son in law who defiitely practices the Christian principles in life. I really love all the beautiful details you have in this card and the great directions to reproduce the effectd.

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  8. Becca, I love the effect you achieved by using all 3 colors on the background! You did a great job of explaining how you did it and I loved reading why you made this card. Yes, as a MIL you rock!

    :) Marie

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  9. This is so cool! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

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  10. What a great guy and a fantastic take on the cue word! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE the way you framed the brads and that single flame coming down from the top of the card is just perfect! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week! :)

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  12. A lot of tinkering went on, under the hood of THAT card...unforgettable image. I wouldn't be surprised if another challenge win was in your near future! Very unusual take on this week's CMH dare.

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  13. Love the card, a lot of character, and the flame on the top, perfect!

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  14. Yes, your son-in-law sounds like a keeper! I love this card. I am not a fan of orange, but I really like it here. You have managed to make a CAS card with lots of detail and interest - not an easy task!

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