Thursday, 6 March 2014

Vintage Mechanics


This design is definately one for the men.  It's Steampunk, it's cars and gears, and it's metallic - it ticks a lot of boxes!  The base card is plain black cardstock.  The large background panel is dark brown card that is embossed in a folder through a machine, then copper guilding wax is applied.  More wax is applied around the edges to make them brighter, then the whole panel is buffed with a soft cloth.   The wax contains metal so polishing it really makes the artwork shine.  A smaller background panel is made in the same way out of black card and using a stencil to emboss it through a machine.  Again the pattern is enhanced with guilding wax.  A piece of white card is coloured with blended distress inks, then a mechanical collage image is stamped on to it in Sepia ink.  The small background panel and the stamped panel are cut out and layered on to the large panel, which is in turn attached to the base card.  This adds dimension, texture and interest to the design, especially as dimensional glue has been used to attach the two smaller panels.  A vintage car image is then stamped on to cream card with sepia ink, then heat embossed with clear powder to make it shine.  A sentiment is stamped on to a piece of  the coloured card, then matted and layered on to the card to complete the design. 

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