Sunday, 9 June 2013

Anything But A Card Challenge #21 - Masculine Or Something For Dear Ol' Dad. . . . . . . .

Hello everyone. It's time for a new challenge at Anything But A Card for the next fortnight. We are asking you to make a creation using a masculine theme or you can produce something for your Dad. Here in UK Father's Day takes place on Sunday 16th June, so the timing is perfect if you haven't yet come up with a little something for that special Dad. Just remember, we accept any kind of project as long as it's NOT a card.

Sadly, my Dad is no longer with us so I decided to make a holder for a gift card or cash present suitable for a boy/man. My holder takes the form of a tag with a little pocket which holds the card or cash gift.

I promised to bring out some more of my gelli plate pieces and I've used one of them for the background of my make - with additional stencilling, pencil work and other things!

The finished tag complete with gift pocket and stamped sentiment using DecoArt acrylic. The bottom edge of the tag was made more interesting by adding the waste card left over from die cutting the pocket.
The tag background, the pocket and the sentiment banner were all cut from one gelli plate print. The print was made using both Americana and Traditions acrylics by DecoArt and various masks. The rich colour around the edges was achieved using archival ink on some cut and dry foam. Some letters were stencilled here there using DecoArt's Americana paint.
Some chunky natural 'rope' was used to dress the top of the tag. Once in position, some rusty wire was added to keep the rope in position and to match in with the wire used elsewhere.
The pocket piece was cut to size and a Tim Holtz die was used to cut the top edge. The dark brown lines on the background were added with a brown pencil to highlight one of the masks used on the print.
I used two more of my little Fimo 'buttons' to anchor down the sentiment banner.
 A washer was given a slightly rusty look before being fixed over the tag hole. 
Stencilled modelling paste was applied in various areas of the tag. I used DecoArt modelling paste and when dry, some DecoArt Traditions acrylic was used to colour the design applied through the stencil. Two shades of Treasure Gold were smoothed roughly over the paste. The whole tag and the pocket piece were then given two coats of DecoArt Triple Thick spray.
Brown pencil was added to the gelli plate print to create depth and interest.
I love the effect of the Triple Thick on the background. In real life it adheres differently to the various areas of the tag. Over the stencilled letters it gives a lovely shine but where paint is thinner, it gives a more gentle sheen to the background. In this image, the treasure gold is easily seen and the Triple Thick gives the appearance of clear powder embossing - it's much quicker though!
The sentiment was stamped with carbon black Traditions acrylic paint and a Tim stamp.
Rusty wire was used on the tag pocket to add interest without covering up the gelli plate print.
Some sections of the gelli print are very subtle as in the image above. I just love how you can mix ink and paints to create a layered look. Now I really NEED some Inktense pencils for my work - I'm busy dropping huge hints!

I do hope you'll pop over to Anything But A Card and see what the rest of the team have put together for you. Check back halfway through the Challenge for some inspiration from our second team of designers too.

So, get those thinking caps on, make something which fits the theme and link up with us at  Anything But A Card. Can't wait to see what you come up with. . . . . . . . 


  1. A fabulous project Julia, love the colours and the aged techniques you have used. Someone's going to be very lucky receiving this.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. Gosh, Julia!

    This is such an amazing make! I definitely love that rusty washer...AND the fimo buttons...AND the wire combined with the rough piece of rope....AND your use of texture paste and colours....AND....well, it's just a stunning tag!!! I could look at all the lovely close ups forever!!! (Will have to pin some of them to my close up pinterest board....they are just perfectly timeworn looking!!!)

    Thank you for your awesome comment on my Morpheus box and for the big laud! This really means a lot to me!

    Claudia x

  3. Such fantastically vivid colours, and I love all the rusty touches (both real and technique versions) - another jaw-dropper, Julia - wow!
    Alison xx

  4. I love this idea but it is your awesome artwork that makes it so stunning. I was really interested to see all the techniques you used, so thanks for sharing. x PS Obviously I like the £20 note too!!

  5. Fabulous Julia. I do love how you use different materials like the wire and the rope. xx

  6. ...gorgeous texture created here Julia, love the rich vibrant colour palette, a great gift idea...superb work, i have smiley eyes, love it...Melxx :)

  7. COOL!!! Love how you used the positive and negative of the spiral diecut, and used it ornately! The numbers are awesome, as is the coils for the ties! Love the warm colors too, and the pocket for the money! Cool tag!!!

  8. I love every jot and tittle about your splendid tag! I especially am drawn to - what is that - a twenty pound note!??! I do like the wire around the twine too!

  9. I am having tons a problems with my Google account today - this is my second try to leave you a comment! Your tag is fantastic - I love everything about it!! What is that I spy - a twenty pound note - hey I am getting excited. I really like the wire twisted around the twine too. Splendid work!

  10. Beautiful work Julia, love your gelli plate background and the way you have highlighted some stenciling with the pencil. The rusty wire is wonderful too. A totally beautiful tag. Hugs, Anne x

  11. This is beautiful Julia, I adore the rich colours, fab work sweetie. It was delightful to meet you, you are a very lovely lady with a wicked sense of humour to boot, I'm kicking myself now though because I forgot to get my camera out!!!
    Huge huggles x x x x

  12. What a brilliant make, great idea and someone is going to love this! So many interesting little details too, the rusting effects for instance but the bit that really caught my eye was the chunky rope for the top of the tag wound with the rusty wire, - stunning!!

  13. Fab layers of ink and texture, lovethe rusty wire! Hugs trace x

  14. Terrific tag and a great idea to make a pocket for the money

    Love Chrissie xx

  15. WOW as always my lovely!!!! So much depth and texture...I want to touch it ...and the note hahaha!!! HUGS xxx

  16. What a gorgeous details Julia, love the bright yellow for this masculine tag!

    hugs, Alie :-)

  17. Great tag Julia and so many beautiful details.
    Love it.
    Greetings Janny

  18. WOW so much to look at, great detail and fab textures you've achieved - gorgeous

    Sam xx

  19. What a neat pocket! I love the diecut edge and your gorgeous textures... it's a beauty for sure.

  20. What a clever tag Julia with so many clever and interesting additions. The use of the punch across the pocket caught my eye but then so did the little rusty wires too! I am sure lots of males would be delighted to receive your tag!

  21. WOW, such a gorgeous card, Julia! Every detail is just amazing!
    Am I wrong or are you the Julia I met at CraftBarn?

  22. This is definitely a tag fitting for a guy! The twine, wire, and rusty elements are quite manly, and I love the decorative edge scrap from the pocket being used at the bottom!

  23. Brilliant, stunning, It has the WOW factor, all that layering, the colors are hot and warm at the same time, amazing,using the positive and negative brilliant, what a fabulous idea to use it for money or a gift card.. Thanks for sharing all your creativity and have a wonderful day.

  24. Oh wow!!Love your tag!! (:o)

  25. A wonderful tag with fantastic details.

  26. Absolutely LOVE this Julia. Perfect colours and as ever a ton of textures going on. You truly are a wizard with your medias, mixing up some magic to create a great gift idea. Hugs, Jenny x


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