Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Clockworks in black and grey

Over at Dynamic Duos this week the colour palette is a minimal Basic Black and Basic Grey and there's the optional additional challenge of making a male card. As if that weren't enough, I notice this week's Paper Players challenge is to make a one-layer, CAS card. So, never one to shrink from a tricky moment, here I am picking up the gauntlet... Come and see what I've come up with:




I chose Stampin' Up's wonderful Clockworks stamp set to make my card. This is one of those sets that is so easy to layer you could almost do it with your eyes closed! (But you'll be glad to know that I didn't!)


I started by making a card base with Naturals White - it has lots of speckles which I thought would work well for a masculine, collage-style design. Using sticky notes to mask off strips, I alternated sponging and stamping to form a background and then built up the elements of the pocket watch using my trusty stamp-a-majig to get everything where I wanted it. The watch was coloured by sponging Basic Grey ink through a mask made with a circle punch.


A few cogs were added to the design and the sentiment was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. Finally, the centre of the watch face was decorated with a pearl coloured with a black permanent marker.
Edited to add: Thanks to Jane for pointing out that my pocket watch is obviously from Topsy Turvy land as there's an 8 where the 12 should be... I can't tell you how carefully I stamped it there using my stamp-a-majig!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Clockworks, Made for You
Ink: Basic Grey, Black stazon
Card stock: Naturals White
Other: Versamark, Black embossing powder, heat tool, 1 3/4" circle punch, Basic Pearls, stamp-a-majig
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Yesterday, my daughter found my youngest son at the hall mirror making adjustments to his hair and felt he needed some encouragement. "I think your hair looks nice today," she said kindly. She needn't have bothered. "I know," said my son complacently. "It's looking better than it's ever looked before, ever!" Hmm. I think he may have been in the loo when the modesty gene was being handed out!

Do join me again tomorrow for a little punch art!

28 comments:

  1. Brilliant card Vicky ! The cogs sit perfectly with the watch face-and your speckled background card was the perfect choice :)
    Nessa xx

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  2. I am a big fan of this stamp set and feel I've only just scratched the surface of the possibilities with it. I love what you've done here, but... dare I tell you? You've got the number 8 at the top instead of the 12. Oops, sorry!

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    1. Dear me, I was obviously having a senior moment! Can you believe it, I carefully positioned that VIII at the top of the watch using my stamp-a-majig! Vx

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  3. This is fabulous Vicky, a great masculine card, I love the grungy feel to it too!

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  4. This is wonderful, love the vintage look to it

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  5. Such a great mans card Vicky....aren't children funny in things they say and do....

    Anne

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  6. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous card Vicky....
    I am so happy this morning Kim at Kims Joyful Creation .... Has fixed my blogging Problem... I now should be back on your readers list....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

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  7. Terrific masculine card. Those stamps work so well for this. xxx

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  8. This is my kind of card - just brilliant ! I love this set and how you have showcased it Vicky ! Jane xx

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  9. You've given me just the inspiration I needed to make a card for my son's birthday which is soon. The weather 23 years ago was much better than what we are experiencing of late though!!

    Hugs
    Ann

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  10. Fab male card Vicky and more of your brilliant stamping:) I love anything with watches on:)
    Val x
    So funny re the numbers!!

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  11. Great card, I do love watch and clock imagery, and monochrome is very fashionable at the moment (apparently... If the Guardian says so, it must be true!) I wouldn't have noticed the numbers were in the wrong place at all! xxx

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  12. Vicky, this is a Fab man card, and amazing that it is only one layer as it has so much depth.

    Bev x

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  13. I love the collage style stamping and the colours really match the theme and style :0)
    I hadn't noticed the clockface until I read your reply above!! lets pretend it belongs to the mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland :0)
    jenny x

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  14. Great male card Vicky. Love the monochrome look, just ideal for a male card.

    Kat xx

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  15. What an amazing one layer! You've created so much depth without using any extra paper! I'm so glad you joined us at Dynamic Duos this week! ♥

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  16. This is a fantastic card. Your one-layer collage card is perfect for our black/white masculine challenge. Beautifully done! Thank you for joining us again at Dynamic Duos. ;-)

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  17. I think this is the best card I've seen yet with this marvelous stamp set. It looks particularly nice in shades of black and grey!

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  18. Stunning CAS layout. Love how you used the challenge colours. Hugs Bev x

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  19. Great card. I really like the monochromatic colour scheme, and the stamps are fabulous. I find it hard to be isnpired to make masculine cards but you have made it look so easy. x x

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  20. Vicky, all your cards are fabulous! You amaze me with your creativity. This is just perfect. Perfect colors for that stamp set, perfect placement of each stamp perfect for the challenges...you rocked it! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

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  21. Your cards are CONSISTENTLY gorgeous. I have fallen in love with every card I've seen of yours, and I must admit I am SO JEALOUS of this one. Why didn't I think of this layout and design. Perfect! Thanks for playing along with The Paper Players this week.

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  22. Congratulations on the honor of being a Darling over at DD, Vicky! Well-deserved for this amazing collage card!

    (Gotta love that self-assurance in your son! So much easier to tamp it down (if even necessary) than to build up low self-esteem. You go, boy!!)

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  23. Haha, Vicky, I never would have noticed your "clockworks' were askew unless you pointed it out! Great card, love all the layering and all the techniques you used here. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with The Paper Players!

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  24. Fabulous use of this week's colours Vicky, and I love the way you have used this stamp set for a one layer card. Thank you for sharing your card with us this week at Dynamic Duos.

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x