Friday, May 9, 2014

Howdy there!

Hi everyone.  I’ve got a cowboy card to share with you.  I love cowboys.  I have many stamps, papers & embellishments in the western theme and I make cards with them all the time.  I’m not sure where this love comes from since I’m a city girl through and through! 
When I saw the Old West collage at Altered Pages I just fell in love with this image!  A lot of times I print my own images on the inkjet printer and it is just fine, but I knew I was going to cover this one in glue from the moment I saw it!  So, I needed this image printed on a laser printer.  If you don't have access to one then I suggest you order it directly from Altered Pages.  The images are laser printed on quality card stock and you will have no fear of them smearing when you use liquid mediums.
I left the image its original rectangle shape because I didn’t want to lose any of that beautiful landscape.  With a fine paint brush, I put US Art Quest Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) matte everywhere except the horse and rider.  I had to work quickly because it was a very light coating.  Then I sprinkled fairy dust glitter over the image and shook off the excess.

Card stock for the card & two panels were chosen in colors to accent the picture.  The card itself and photo panel are gold textured card stock.  The large panel is confetti burnt sienna.  That just means it has small flecks of other colors running through it.  I used a Darice embossing folder to give the brown panel some texture and used Colorbox Peacock to give it a little more dimension.  I chose the peacock color because it matches the sky.

The dark brown mini-edge border from Bazzill was laced with yellow craft string, which was glued to the back side at each end.  The entire edge was glued to the card at the bottom of the panel.  After that was dry I added the cowboy image centered vertically between the top edge of the panel and the top of the brown strip.  He is adhered with foam squares.

That left me plenty of room for a sentiment along the open edge.  I have no idea yet who is getting this card (or why) so I wanted a generic saying.  Using the same gold paper as the card, I deckle cut 1” squares and then touched them up with Colorbox Burnt Sienna and Dark Brown inks.  The letters were also stamped in the brown ink.  H-W-Y are glued down and O-D are adhered with foam squares.

Normally, I try to keep the girly embellishments off my masculine cards.  But these are not feminine little flowers…they’re brown not pink!!  The wonderful little flowers are from Michael’s dollar bin last summer.  I rubbed them with a couple of Colorbox cat’s eye pads and then glued them to the bottom corner.

I can’t believe I made a masculine card with glitter and flowers!  Who would have thought??  

Don't forget to see this one and other projects over at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog!

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