Tuesday 17 July 2012

A Mode Of Travel. . . . .

The latest challenge at Artful Times is to create something showing a mode of travel. I had to rely again on my trusty balloon embossing folder for this, although I've tried to make a little scene on my card using some stamping too.

The card features the main mode of travel - the balloon - and some other travel related stamping in the background to add depth.

Best stop waffling and show you what I've made:

The completed card.

The main background was inked and stamped in various colours and layers to create a scene with some depth. The arrow and the sentiment were stamped then embossed with crystal powder. I wanted the people to appear part of the background so chose not to emboss them.

The balloon was made from embossed metal tape on card. After cutting out, the balloon was covered with two shades of acrylic paint which was partially removed before drying. The letters were die cut, inked with the colours used in the background and coated with glossy accents. By using a general sentiment, the card may be used for a variety of occasions.

The main piece was layered onto an embossed and painted piece of card. An industrial  folder design was used, coated with coarse steel effect acrylic and graphite stick was applied randomly to tone down the acrylic. The rivets were made using an Andy Skinner technique I saw him demonstrate at the Craft Barn.

I seem to be making a number of 'male' orientated cards and I suppose I'm beginning to enjoy the experience! That doesn't mean that they will become my favourite - more 'girlie' challenges please!!


  1. Stunning Julia... love the effect on the balloon and the frame. The darkness of these two items compliments the purple backgrouond perfectly. Suzanne :)

  2. What a great card Julia...wow I love the embossed parts...never seen the embossingfolder in the Netherlands.Gorgeous use of colors, they fit so well for this industrial look!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  3. Wow Julia, your card is amazing, look like you used real metal piece and I also like colours you pick. Great art piece!

  4. Fantastic-the metal effect looks real. A real work of art for sure

    Love Chrissie xxxxx

  5. Loving this, as someone has said a real work of art.

  6. WOW - love this, nothing more to say really!!!


    Thanks for playing along with Artful Times this week

    Sam xxxx

  7. Absolutely fab!! Love this card and the color combo you used. And I like most 'male' cards a lot :-) (except those with half naked women on motorcycles/cars ... LOL). You did such a great job - more of these, please :-)
    Which embossing folder is it you used?
    Best, Suzanne

  8. Gorgeous card (love everything about it) - and I think it is one that could be for a female as much as for a male - I would love it and am sure lots of Steampunkers out there would. Love the lettering and how different it looks from the background with it being glazed.
    Memo to self - get that embossing folder NOW.
    Thanks for joining us again - Hugs, Neet xx

  9. Another amazing card Julia :)
    Thanks for joining at Art Ful Times
    Von x☺x

  10. So gorgeous, love the background you've created on this one. That steel effect looks brilliant! M x

  11. Wow, that's a fabulous piece of art. Love all the colors and details.

  12. This is fabulous, love the inky stamped background and your 'metal' baloon looks wonderful. I've just got this EF, hmmmmm... don't think it will look as good as yours!
    Avril xx

  13. Metal madness gorgeousness!!!! Love the color and balloon!!!


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