Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Time Flies When You're Traveling by Alan Scott

This is unfortunately not a card for the beginner crafter, as it does involve several techniques. Saying that, if you want to just take a tip from here and a tip from there, then please do - even a small element from this card would embellish any crafting project.
The main image is from a fab stamp set from Dylusions called Traveling Travis.

Shopping List:

A4 made up card
A5 black card
Funky Fun Foam A5 in size
1 soft drinks can (cleaned lol)
Metal snips or a pair of scissors you're not bothered about
Adirondack Pitch Black Ink Pad
Black Glitter embossing powder 
Embossing folder of your choice
A4 That Special Touch Mask
Printed imaage secured on to A4 heavy paper or a light card (photograph printing style paper)
Selection of Alcohol Ink pens ie: ProMarkers or Spectrum Noir
ibbon or anything that's ‘Grungy/Steam Punky (I used the trimmed bits from a large wool x-stitch project I'm doing)
Good sharp scissors
Sanding block  as well as a little piece of metal sandpaper
Selection of Alcohol Inks
Strong clear crafting glue
Heat gun
Embossing/Die Cutting Machine
Craft Mat
Normal items from our crafting tool box - metal edged ruler, craft knife, tweezers, ATG glue gun etc.

Let's make A Card!

We will break this project down to 3 different sections.
1. The Main Figure
2. The Tin Can
3. The Card Base

1. THE FIGURE. Taking the Funky Fun Foam, secure onto your work surface with just a little tape. Then using the main stamp, ink up generously with the Pitch Black Ink. After a few tries, I found that Adirondack inks are nice and wet. In some projects it's a hindrance, however in this project, it was just perfect. After the image was stamped, I covered it in embossing powder. Now the next step could scare you and you're thinking the foam could melt. If you don't have a heat gun that's not got a gentle setting, just hold the gun a little higher from the fun foam and just take your time. It will emboss without any problem and you will get a great stamped/embossed image if you just relax, take your time and keep an eye on the melting powder and you don't keep it on one area to long.
Using the alcohol based pens, gently colour in the areas that you want. You now have to put this to one side for at least overnight. The colouring lays on the layer and it will smudge. One way to help this process is just to give the coloured areas a blast with a heat gun to help fix. You can't rush this though it's going to take time.
2. METAL CAN. If you have some metal cutters then this will help, saying that you can use a pair of old scissors. I would also recommend wearing proper gloves or use a towel to hold the can while you're cutting the can. You want to remove the top and bottom. If you look closely at the can you will see a line in the design of the can that you can follow. After you have cut the can to leave you with a length of ‘tin’, carefully dispose of the metal that's been cut away. Pick up your metal sanding paper and go over all edges so that you remove all the knicks and jagged edges. The next step is to emboss the metal with an embossing folder. You might have to run the metal through your embossing machine twice, so that you get all the surface embossed. Then attack the surface again with your metal sand paper. Be carefully, as sometimes the metal might crease a bit to much and will be fragile. Gently remove the face of the can. Use that as the front as it gives you a depth of colour to start with.
Now it's time to colour the surface of the metal with your chosen Alcohol Inks. Use a straw to move the ink around the surface - you want the inks to bleed into each other giving you more colouring. When you're happy, place to one side and let it cure and become permanent.
3. THE CARD BASE. After you have printed out your backing paper, secure it onto some card stock, then take the card base and run it through your A4 Embossing Machine. If you don't have a A4 machine, you can secure the paper and the mask onto a firm surface anbd rub with a spoon. You will get something similar, however it will not be as deep. After the card stock has been embossed, take your sanding block and start to remove the coating/printed image on the surface. Don't be to careful, you want to make the surface look as if it has been around the world a few times. You now have 3 elements.

Building The Card:

Secure the backing paper onto the base card and then trim around all edges. I used some old canvas cutting which I coloured with some old paint samplers I had laying around. Take a good pair of scissors and cut the stamped image from the fun foam, leaving a small margin all around. I then glued this onto some black card stock. Once again, I cut around the stamped image leaving a bigger margin. The next part is to decide where the placement should be. I layed both items on the can and had a play with the placement and when I was happy, I secured them both into place.
There you have it a card made from an old drinks can and some Funky Foam!
Any questions please ask and l will do my best to get back to you a.s.a.p.



  1. A very striking card using unusual materials. Brilliant!

  2. I like the tin can recycling idea...must go and retrieve a couple before the dustmen come!!
    I'll give stamping on foam a go too!


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