Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Big Five O.

The new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog starts today and Jenny is our hostess this time.  She calls this challenge "Oh Man" and here is how she describes it:

Fathers Day may be a way off yet but there are always other occasions and reasons for making something for the men in our lives. For this challenge create something which you feel has a more masculine look.

At the end of this month my Son-in-Law will be turning 50 so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make a card for him. The situation we all find ourselves in right now has spoiled the special plans that they had as a family to celebrate his milestone birthday so the trip to Europe has been cancelled and now he is making this a month-long celebration at home with fun cooking and lots of games with my Daughter and Grandchildren.  He is sad but is really enjoying the time he gets to spend with his family, especially more meaningful since he has an essential business and goes to work every day.

I started this card with a panel of brown card stock from my stash.  I roughly smeared some texture paste around the edge to make a frame.  When it was dry I realized it was too thick in spots and would prevent the next layer from sitting properly so I sanded some of it off.  Next I painted the edge with some Sand Acrylic Paint and Penny Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and then inked it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The next layer was made by patting some Antique Linen Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) on my kraft sheet, spritzing it with water and dragging a piece of water colour paper through it.  The paper was dried and then the same steps were taken with Forest Moss and Black Soot DO.

I thought I would try adding some stenciling by pouncing a bleach soaked cloth on a stencil but the bleach ran underneath and made big clear patches instead of a nice pattern.  To fix this I ran the paper through more inks - Forest Moss, Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  Note to self:  Do not soak the cloth, just dampen it.

Once all the inking was dry I added some random stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and stamps from the Dapper set and  and The Chemist set (Tim Holtz).  Next I added some Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle (Tim Holtz) on the top left and bottom right corners.

The next step was to make some of the added elements.  I started by hand cutting a little tag from a cracker box, covered it with some Postale Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz). inked it with Vintage Photo Di and sponged some Penny Acrylic Paint on the edges.  A piece of burlap string was added to the top.

Jet Black Archival Ink was used to stamp The Professor onto some card stock.  He was then fussy cut and inked with Vintage Photo DI.

I cut some gears from brown card stock using an old Spellbinders die and covered them with white glue and playground sand.  When they were dry I covered them with Black Gesso and then pounced some Penny Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and Melted Chocolate Acrylic Paint (Dylusions) on them randomly.  The same technique was used to alter the numbers, which were die cut from an Alphanumeric die (Tim Holtz).

The quote chip was inked with some Antique Linen DI and then randomly embossed using an Embossing Pen and Patina Oxide Baked Texture (Seth Apter).

The panel of pen nibs was made by covering a stamp from a well-loved old set called Curious Possibility (Tim Holtz) with a layer of toilet paper and pouncing it down into the stamp detail with a 1:1 mixture of water and white glue.  This was done with several layers of toilet paper and then the panel was pulled off the stamp and allowed to dry.  Once dry it was inked with Vintage Photo DI and edged and highlighted with Penny Acrylic Paint.

I hope my Son-in-Law likes the card and isn't upset with the not-so-subtle vintage reference.  If you have a special fellow that you would like to create something for, now is the time to do it and we would love for you to share it with us.  The challenge runs until 11:55 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 26th.

If you enter you have a chance of being the one randomly chosen winner of a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and everyone needs cheering up with new supplies arriving during this lock down.  The Design Team will also choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Sand - 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Penny, 1oz Bottle
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Forest Moss, Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides - Forest Moss, Black Soot, Antique Linen
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black AIP31468
Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte INK44444
Dina Wakley Media Mediums - Black Gesso - 4 oz. Jar MDM41719
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quote Chips, Theories TH94045
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Patina Oxide 17g
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen 2pk TDA71327
Scor Tape
Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets Die Set
Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paste
Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - Dapper, Curious Possibility, The Professor, The Chemist
Tim Holtz Postale Tissue Wrap
Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Die Set
Playground Sand


  1. Ohh.. I love the grungy texture in the beautiful greens and blues in your background! Gorgeous masculine card! I love the professor and he looks fabulous on your beautiful card!

  2. Fabulous card! The grungy background looks amazing and I love the rusty cogs too 😀. Happy and creative wishes! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

  3. What a fantastic card Cec! I love how you did those dimensional pen nibs and bet your son in law was thrilled with his special card xx

  4. Cec, this is a great masculine card, and I'm sure your son in law was delighted with it! I love that rich background and the pen nib element is so cool! What a unique technique for using your stamps, but I don't think I could use my precious TP to do it! $18 for a 12 pack here! That's a hard pill to swallow when I'm used to paying no more than $5. Hope we will return to the good ole' days soon! Sending hugs!


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