Monday, May 19, 2014

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Fly

Hi all! This month's Designer Challenge from Karen Burniston was so much fun! The theme was 'Fly'. We were all asked to interpret the theme in whatever way we wanted. It's such a great one - there are so many different directions you can go with that one little word. Birds, butterflies, hot air balloons, just to name a few. I decided to use some of my favorite stamps from Artistic Outpost to make an aviation-themed card for my husband. Since he works with airplanes, it's always one of my favorite themes to work with.

I wanted the front to look like the skin of an airplane and I love how it turned out! You might remember me using the waste material from Karen's polka dot border die as rivets, which I did again here. I think they're so cool looking!

Here is the card in the open position. Since this was a vintage flight theme, I thought it would be fun to make the inside of the card look like the leather on a flight jacket. I used the Faux Suede technique that can be found on Ranger's web site and it turned out even better than I expected. I added a little twist that gave it an extra crackly look. Read below to see how I created my card:

Because I only wanted the foil tape on the outside edge of the card, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to almost the exact size of the die and applied the tape to the outer edges. I used the Sizzix Magnetic Platform and cut my first panel.

After cutting the foil panel, I cut the second panel from kraft cardstock.

Next, I covered thin chipboard with foil tape and use the Polka Dot border die to cut it, saving the waste (circles) to use as brads. I added small bits of metal foil tape on top of the large area on the card to create patches. A tracing wheel can be used to add little faux rivets.

For the faux leather, I stamped pieces of kraft cardstock with the crackle stamp and inked over the surface randomly.

Next, I sprayed the cardstock with ink refresher and crumpled. After smoothing it out, I added more ink to highlight the wrinkles.

While the faux leather cardstock was drying, I finished the front. I applied a light coating of black Distress paint to the foil and wiped it off. Since I accidentally got it on the card, I decided to paint the whole thing black. :) After that dried, I stamped the collage of Charles twice on kraft cardstock. One was cut with the matching frame die and adhered to the card. I cut the image of him out of the other and adhered it with pop dots.

After the faux leather dried, I cut it with the solid frame die and ran the pieces through the Xyron, then adhered them to both of the panels. Love the beveled edges!

Finally, I stamped the sentiment on kraft cardstock, cut the words out and adhered them to a piece of black cardstock. I cut them out again, leaving a small border of black around each word. The propeller was stamped onto chipboard, cut out, and given a coating of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. After I adhered the words and propeller, I attached the two panels and my card was done!

Such a fun card! It would make a perfect Father's Day card, or a great masculine birthday card. All the supplies I used can be purchased from Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to score 10% off your order!

Make sure you check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog on Wednesday to see what the team has come up with, along with a very cool new card idea from Karen - you will be amazed!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I promise, I'll try to get back to posting more regularly. Then again, I have some baby chicks coming in the mail in a couple days, so I might be preoccupied for a bit! ;)


  1. Really nice card Shelly, it would be awesome for Father's Day

  2. Our chickies are coming soon too! I love this card, it reminded me of that long favourite tech of faux metal. I need to dig it out again and make something fun :)

  3. Love the metal look, you've got the touch! Or should I say it's a great "Shelly piece".

  4. Fantastic project. I love the metal and faux leather. Great inspiration.

  5. This is just oh so cool...all the great details are show stopping!

  6. Your card is absolutely stunning, I love the faux leather and also the metal rivets, both great ideas. I also love the way the new frames 'fit' the base so well.

  7. Fabulous card Shelly, loving the faux suede and the faux rivets , fabulous,pays touches. Great design too. Tracy x

  8. Fab card! Love your attention to detail, inspiring!

  9. I am always amazed by your creative style ^.^ this is beyond gorgeous again :D

  10. WAY cool card......LOVE this!

  11. Love seeing your process. Opens up possibilities in my own imagination. Inspiring card. thanks as always for sharing.

  12. Another fantastic card Shelly, that stamp set is one of my favourites too. Thanks for creating such a great tutorial for us. I love your style. :)

  13. Fabulous, love your steampunk card, looks brilliant!

  14. Oh, totally amazing. Wow. LOVE the airplane look to the outside.
    Karen A

  15. Oh Shelly!! You have done it again......another FANTASTIC creation. LOVE IT! Karen.x

  16. Breathtakingly awesome, Shelly! Wow!
    Claudia x


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