Tuesday 10 February 2015

Karen Burniston's 'Artsy' Designer Challenge Tim Holtz Style Eiffel Tower Pop it Ups Card

 This month's Designer Challenge from Karen Burniston, is to make either an 'Artsy' or 'Cutesy' card, and so my card today is my attempt at 'Artsy'. I wouldn't say that's my usual style, but I've had fun making a mess with ink and paint!
I used the Lorna Label PopUp Card die for the pop-up mechanism (and stitched label). 

Firstly though, I made my own patterned paper by using a Purple Onion damask background stamp, and stamping it with VersaMark ink, and adding clear embossing powder and heating it. I then sponged some brown, light blue and teal ink over the pattern. Next I sprayed the inks with water mixed with a little mica powder. This added some shimmer, and also made the inks spread into each other. Once dry, I placed some copy paper over my patterned paper, and ironed it. This takes off the clear embossing powder, leaving a flat patterned paper behind which can be inked.

This my finished shimmery paper, ready to use as my background paper.

I added the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand set, and painted it with Distress paints, then dipped it in UTEE thick clear embossing powder.
I added various stamps, and a Tim Holtz stamp for the sentiment. I added Crackle Accents to a couple of separate word panels (I was impatient, and it's not quite dried in these pictures!)

I also die cut, Distress Painted and clear embossed a couple of cogs from the Clock and Gears set.

I used Distress Stain to colour some seam binding, and a paper flower too, and rounded off the card edges with my Zutter heavy-duty Round-it-all.

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  1. Helen - you just have that amazing touch. Any style card you make turns out FABULOUS and this is no exception.

  2. Such an awesome card, love the colours and details.

  3. Hi! It's so wonderful when you stumble across a designer you're not familiar with! So happy I found your blog. Your creations are varied and amazing. Thanks for showing me many new possibilities for crafting!