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Monday 11 July 2011

Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge

Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge.

Calling card challenge immediately made me think of Alice in Wonderland and the playing cards. The idea developed from there, I wanted to get across the idea of a card calling............and from that the idea of absinthe, the green fairy, which has links to the time when the book was written - hence the green vial of absinthe and 'drink me' being the call of the card.
I wanted to use soft, vintage colours to contrast with a vibrant green bottle.

So here goes:
I will list all items used and then step by step instructions which will detail how to make all the individual card and ATC elements and then how to bring them all together as finished piece.

Materials and tools
Vintage Games by Creative Expressions http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/
Wonderland by polkadoodles http://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/
Alice in Wonderland by stampattack
Other materials:
Large square white card
White cardstock
Atc blank
Adirondak dye ink - espresso
Tim Holtz distress inks - antique linen, tea dye, walnut stain
Perfect medium
Clear embossing powder
Crystal lacquer
Glossy accents
Tim Holtz tissue tape - Hobgoblin
Tim Holtz idea-ology memo pins
7 gypsies clear bottles
Alcohol inks - pool, meadow, lettuce
Cut 'n' dry foam/ ink blending tool
Clear hair gel
Dolls house playing cards
Pinflair Glue
Heat tool
Craft sheet

The card
1.Take a piece of cardstock cut to 19cm x 19cm. Stamp playing card (Creative expressions) inked with antique linen and then repeat using tea dye - ensuring some overlap, set aside to dry.

2.Once dry use cut 'n' dry foam to add antique linen to edges of card, start away from the cardstock and use small circular motions towards cardstock to build up colour. Then just on edges repeat using tea dye.

3. The next layer is built up in same way on 15cm x 15cm, but using the curiouser and curiouser(polkadoodles) stamp. For this layer edge as before but use walnut stain.

4.For the next layer cut a piece of cardstock to approx15 cm x 15cm, then tear to reveal white edges. This can be done by tearing edge towards you, rotating 90 degrees and repeating for all 4 sides.

5.Overstamp this piece using the playing card stamp (Creative expressions) inked with perfect medium, over image with clear embossing powder and emboss using heat tool. These images will act as a resist when ink is applied. Then using cut and dry as before, ink using antique linen and tea dye.

6.Ink up the bottle stamp (polkadoodles) with tea dye and stamp a line of images and a separate single image.. Using tea dye ink splodge some onto heatproof craft mat and lightly spritz with water, this can now be used as a paint to colour images - more images can be added when partially dry to build up the depth of colour.
Once dry apply crystal lacquer to all the bottles and set aside to dry. When dry trim strip to 1.5cm by approx 20cm and also cut out the individual bottle.

7.Add colour to the small dolls house playing cards using firstly antique linen and then tea dye. ( I used 8 cards).

8. Now for the FUN BIT filling the bottle............ Blob some clear hair gel onto an old cellophane bag, add 3 drops of meadow, 1 drop of pool and 1 drop of lettuce alcohol inks, then mix using a coffee stirrer........(gives you a good excuse to pop for a coffee and have a natter!)
Finally fill an old syringe and carefully syringe into the clear bottle. I applied some glossy accents to the cork and placed inside so there was no chance the liquid could leak out. For the label, ink bottle stamp with espresso ink, stamp and leave to dry. Then, cut out the label and attach to bottle using glossy accents.

The ATC.
Overstamp the ATC with the bottle inked with clear medium,clear emboss to create resist.
Add 3 strips of Tim Holtz Hobgoblin tissue tape. Colour ATC , as card, with antique linen, tea dye and finally walnut stain around the edges.

Ink up bottle stamp with espresso ink and stamp twice onto piece of card, leave to dry then apply crystal lacquer to one bottle and cut out drink me phrase from other.
Stamp 'card man' ( stampattack) onto white card using espresso ink, set aside and when dry cut out carefully.


Attach bottle using crystal lacquer and man and drink me phrase using pin flair glue gel.

Attatch all base layers using strong double sided tape, attach base layer and curiouser and curiouser layers straight ( I chose to have card opening at bottom), then the next layer at angle.
Attach bottle embellishment on 3-d foam pads in top right hand corner or curiouser card .
Use glossy accents to attatch the Tim Holtz memo pin which will hold the ATC- leave to dry
Using strong double sided tape add the bottle border.
Now add the mini playing cards using 3-d foam pads to create random border along base.
Finally, add bottle of absinthe to bottom right hand corner of card using glossy accents.
Now place ATC into memo pin and YOU ARE DONE!!!!

My Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge.

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  1. Love the green bottle - looks really cool!!!

  2. wow, wow, and wow, you put me to shame, I have so much stuff and too scared to just dive in and use it!!


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