Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Inspired by Ali Reeve

I nearly called this post "Technique Tuesday" but as I wasn't sure if the blog of the same name is copyright I decided against it.

I love learning new things in all walks of life, but especially card making.  Both this card & the one I'll post in a couple of days show techniques I've never used before but have picked up from watching expert crafters on Create & Craft.  This card uses an incredibly simple but effective use of - shoe polish! Of course, this was inspired by Ali Reeve who regularly uses everyday household items to great effect.

I ran a piece of mirri card through my Cuttlebug with one of Ali's masks (Metal Effect), then I used black shoe polish (the type which comes with a sponge applicator attached) and wiped it across the mirri card, wiped off the excess & that was it!  I made the backing paper myself using different shades of black & grey Memento inks & free Papermania nuts & bolts stamps.  The mini tool brads were from The Works.  This was a really easy card to make & I hope my brother-in-law, the intended recipient, likes it.  

Finished card size: 15cm square
Base cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus
Mirri card: Create & Craft
Black cardstock: from stash
Nuts & Bolts Stamps: Papermania (free with Docrafts magazine)
Greeting stamp: Free with Simply Cards & Papercraft
Mini tool brads: The Works


  1. Fabulous card, and such a gorgeous manly one too. How can he not like it.


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