Saturday, February 4, 2012

CADB Super Bowl Blog Hop: Masculine Card, a Tutorial, & a Free Digi!

Whew, what a mouthful!

This weekend is SUPER regardless of whether you'll be watching the big game. In honor of this very Man-Oriented weekend, we designers at Card A Day Blog decided to do a Blog Hop with a Masculine Theme. Come on, we all need as much inspiration as possible for creating non-girly cards, right? Oh, and of course there are giveaways, so be sure to visit all the blogs (list at the end of this post)!  

Now, put your lace, ribbon, and flowery papers away! I'm going to give you a tutorial on how to make this very masculine (and very cool) metal gear panel I used on my brother's birthday card, but first let's talk about the card...


A Couple Details:
  • My brother is a painter by trade, so I loved this 7 Gypsies "News Flash" card (I know, the guy's hanging a poster, but he's got a brush in his hand, so it made me think painter). The vintage feeling, male image, and neutral colors keep us well within the manly realm.
  • When in doubt for masculine images to use, reference Tim Holtz!  While he can branch out into feminine, the king of distress keeps things pretty manly-to-gender-neutral.  This large TH clock image was stamped onto vellum with StazOn Jet Black.  The vellum started out white, but I colored the BACK side with distress stain to make it work with the other elements.
  • The clock button was also distressed to make its original bright finish more brassy and antique.  On this element, I used Alcohol Inks to adjust the color.


Okay, on to the star of this card...the embossed and distressed metal panel...

Metal Panel Tutorial:
Note:  The process to create this metal panel contains many techniques by Tim Holtz.  I give credit where credit is due, however I have not seen a project where he combines them in this way.
  • Start with a strip of aluminum duct tape from the heating and cooling department of your local home improvement store.  Adhere this to Ranger glossy cardstock and emboss with Tim Holt'z Retro Circles texture fade.  Tim himself recommends using glossy cardstock as a base when embossing metal tape and he's right...it really makes the embossing crisp.
  • Pounce on Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution to "tarnish" the metal.  I used Ginger, Mushroom, Caramel, and Copper Mixative colors.






  • Pounce entire strip with VersaMark ink pad, then apply clear embossing powder.  Hold the strip by the edges over a trash bin and flick the back hard with your finger.  This removes the excess embossing powder. I gave mine several good flicks because I wanted a random, bumpy texture.  Tim Holtz calls this the "Orange Peel" technique and it's a good description for the texture you'll get. 
  • Melt embossing powder with heat tool.  Make sure embossing is completely cool before continuing to the next step.
  • Pounce on brown acrylic paint, followed by black acrylic paint until desired coverage and color is achieved.  I used Americana Burnt Umber and Lamp Black.  Allow to dry completely before continuing to the next step.
 
  • Using a damp paper towel or baby wipe, rub the high areas lightly to remove some of the paint.  Continue until the desired effect is achieved.






  • Spray metal strip with Krylon Crystal Clear to lock paint in place and give it a beautiful shine.  Truly, don't skip this step, it makes overall effect and color so rich!
That's the tute!  Hope you get a chance to play with this combination of techniques, it sure was fun!!

Now, don't miss out on the other blogs in the hop.  Many are giving away prizes on their individual blogs PLUS there's a big prize on the Card A Day Blog.  Check out all the details below.

Oh, that reminds me, this weekend only, I've got another free Valentine digi for you.  I'm calling this one "Love Nest".  Get it while the gettin's good, because on Monday, it's GONE!  Happy Hopping!


**EDITED**
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Cost: $2.00
Stamp Name: Love Nest
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It's BLOG HOP TIME!
The designers at Card a Day Blog are joining together to do a blog hop this weekend! The theme is Masculine cards! Let's not let the guys have all the fun on Super Bowl Sunday....let's get a little of our own fun in!
To join in....visit all the participating designers by visiting their sites, some are having prize give aways...so make sure you pop in! Make sure you comment on all the blogs too, because at the end of the weekend, they are going to send a list of all who commented on their blog, and we are going to do a grand prize drawing of all comments on each blog! Blog Hop Prize
So JOIN IN TODAY....comment on the main blog page, and visit the other hop pages and comment there too!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Ranger Glossy cardstock
Pattern Paper: Cosmo Cricket ‘Circa 1934’; vellum
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! ‘It’s Your Birthday’; Tim Holtz ‘Life’s Possibilities’
Inks: VersaMark; Alcohol Ink ‘Ginger’, ‘Mushroom’, ‘Caramel’, ‘Copper Mixative’, ‘Blending Solution’; Americana acrylic paint ‘Lamp Black’, ‘Burnt Umber’; StazOn ‘Jet Black’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain ‘Brushed Corduroy’
Embellishments: Aluminum tape; Tim Holtz texture fade ‘Retro Circles’; Zing embossing powder ‘Clear’; 7 Gypsies journaling card; JHB clock button

Tools: Sizzix Texture Boutique; Krylon ‘Crystal Clear’; heat tool; foam ink blending tool; deckle scissors; vellum tape; Wondertape; tweezers; TH paper distresser; Zot glue dots

41 comments:

  1. Great tutorial... Love how it looks!
    Thanks for the freebie :)

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  2. Great tip to think Tim Holtz for masculine cards! This card and the tutorial are really well done.

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  3. I love your card! That is a great texture fade to use (one of my favorites). Will definitely need to try this technique you've shared. Thanks!

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  4. Great masculine card! Gotta try this one!

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  5. What an amazing card!!! I love it. TY for sharing.
    Sandy

    turtlelover@firehousemail.com

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  6. awesome card. I love embossing that aluminum duct tape but have never tried it with glossy as a base. Thanks for the tip.

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  7. Nice card... What a terrific technique..always difficult for me to find things for men. TFS

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  8. That is an awesome technique and great card.

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  9. going to have to give this a try sometime looks great!

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  10. Wow, this is a wonderful card and a great tutorial.
    Love the colors.

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  11. Thank you for the tutorial! I hadn't heard of using aluminium duct tape but I love the results!

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  12. Love this card, great composition, technique and details!

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  13. How fun! I love the technique you used.

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  14. Love it!!! Another use for duct tape, you can't get naymore masculine than that!!!

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  15. Very cool ... what a fantastic DMC! (Dreaded Man Card) ...

    Thanks for the tute ... great job and I will be CASE'ing this!!!! Thanks!

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  16. This is an awesome card and thanks for sharing the technique. Duct tape has so many uses and it looks so masculine on this card.

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  17. Fabulous card! Thanks for the step by step tutorial too. And the digi!

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  18. Love your card! And the tutorial is great!! Thanks.

    Christine

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  19. What a great idea using the foil tape to emboss!!! Love it! Love the card too!

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  20. It is one of those "WOW" cards. Thanks for sharing everything.

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  21. Gorgeous card! I love all the techniques you used.

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  22. Wonderful--I love the look of embossed "metal."

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  23. Wow! Wonderful tutorial and card! Love the entire art piece. Thanks for sharing. I have to try this.
    Chris/Scrappylassie

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  24. Fantastic card - thank you so much for the tutorial on the embossed metal! It's stunning!

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  25. Wow! Wow! Wow! I love this card! It is sooooo cool!!! Thanks for providing the information on it. Who would have thunk that duct tape could look so cool.

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  26. Creat card. Love that embossing folder with the aluminum tape.

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  27. WOW!!! What a great card!! Thank you for the tutorial on metal embossing, love it!!!

    plese.cathy at yahoo dot com

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  28. I love the vintage feel of your card. Thanks for the great tutorial.
    Terri

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  29. wowza! great card and tut. have enough similar items to make something like this for a birthday coming up next month.

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  30. Thanks for the great tutorial and ideas for man cards--love your card! Thanks also for the free digi image!

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  31. I have embossed aluminum tape before but not like this. TFS your technique. neldacnm at yahoo

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  32. oh wow, I knew that silver heat tape at the hardware store would be good for something!! Love your card. thanks for all the neat information. can't wait to try it!

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  33. Thanks for a fun hop! I have not tried the aluminum tape - definitely on my shopping list!!!

    BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

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  34. Wow, what a card. Thanks for sharing

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  35. I love this card, never knew about the aluminum tape before. Thanks for the lesson on how to use it.

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  36. Love the card, very masculine!

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  37. Absolutely beautiful!!! Metal makes all things better...lol!!! Love everything about this!!!

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  38. Very cool card and I love your technique!

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