Monday, 13 May 2013

London Inspired Accordion

Simon Says Stamp and Show would like you to dig out those 6" x 6" paper pads and see where they take you.  There are small paper pads of cardstock, patterns, and just about any design you could choose. Whether you choose to use a small piece of a large paper, or dig into your 6" x 6" paper pad stash, we would love to see what you create.

I was inspired to create a birthday card for my husband who spends a great deal of time working in London.
I love the Karen Burniston Flip Accordion Album die, its perfect for the embellished look I love, so much space to get creative. The Bracket Frame and Label die makes decorating the flip album so easy and I loved using the Prima 6" x 6" Engraver paper pad to decorate and stamp throughout. I will definitely be decorating more of these, they are great fun and give movement and dimension to all your card makes.
All the background pieces have been embossed with the stencil Texture Fade and coloured with brushed corduroy and black soot Distress Ink. I cut the mini pocket watch from thick card, adding several layers for dimension, painting the edges with black Paint Dabber.
In the background of the pocket watch I stamped part of the Union Jack flag onto a piece of the Prima paper using black Archival Ink and then added a layer of acetate and stamped part of Big Ben onto the acetate using Tim's London Sights stamp set. I used the postage stamp from this stamp set to stamp around the front edge of my pocket watch. I also added some bead chain to the pocket watch, colouring a little with black Paint Dabber using my finger. I stamped the guard onto shrink plastic and also added two Prima mini numbers to represent my husband's age this year (don't think he will be too happy about me announcing that)!
I also added Big Ben to the front accordion and from this angle you can see the wonderful dimension I added to the mini pocket watch.
I also used images from Artistic Outpost's London Underground and Loverly London and embellished with Blue Moon metal charm London tokens.
I stamped the Union Jack from the Artistic Outpost plate onto a piece of the Prima paper, distressing the edges and colouring with black soot Distress Ink. I also found a broken earring in my collection of a heart Union Jack so added that to the top of the flag along with a pewter Big Ben embellishment.
I have added the guard from Tim's London Sights stamp set and again stamped the image onto shrink plastic and added as an embellishment.
I added more images  from Artistic Outpost and LONDON from Tim's London Sites stamp set.
When I cut out the pocket watch I had lots of circles of card left over so I used one, stamped the text "Keep Calm and Carry On" and added as an embellishment to the card. 


For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.


Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 


Products Used:

Karen Burniston Flip Accordion Album Die
Bracket Frame and Label Die
Prima 6" x 6" Engraver Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Alterations - Mini Clock Key and Pocket Watch, Subway and Stencil Texture Fades
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous London Sights Stamp Set
Artistic Outpost Stamp Plates - London Underground, Loverly London
Pitch Black Paint Dabber
Prima Mini Numbers Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets
White Shrink Plastic
Distress Inks - Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot
Archival Inks - Black
StazOn Inks - Black

Blue Moon Metal Charm Tokens London
Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distresser


 

 


 

  

34 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Tracy, you have created a fabulous card full of wonderful detail. Love it.
hugs {Brenda} x0x

Helen said...

What a fabulous card! So much to look at.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...WOWzers Tracy, this is one amazing card, fantastic composition, great colours, inkings and elements, you've captured all that is great about London and your Hubby will love it,inspiring work...Melxx :)

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, What a fantastic creation, I love how you have incorporated different stamps and shrink plastic and my favourite Engraver paper, culminating in this superb 'work of art'. Stunning.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

butterfly said...

Jaw-droppingly fabulous card, Tracy... It's out of this world! So many amazing details, brilliant movement and dimension. You've made the most out of every single paper and image - it's stunning!
Alison xx

Dianne said...

OUTSTANDING, this card is AWESOME.. All the details blow me away, your husband will loooove it, you are such an inspiration shesh, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day..

Claudine C. said...

Wow, wow and more wow, this is awesome!!!

Hanneke said...

Wow Tracy, your creation is amazing! I love the theme and all the great stamps and details. Hugs, Hanneke

Shirl said...
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Shirl said...

When is a card not a card? When it's a keepsake like this. Never as far as imagination can stretch would a recipient think to jettison this card days after the event is over. Nor should it be recycled. This is a forever card - I love it Tracy!

Shirl said...

Tracy - please delete my deleted duplicate comment, and this one - I pressed send twice - and it did!

Candy C said...

Tracy...your flip accordion card is WOW! WOW! WOW! I love the British theme..all of the sights of the UK. Love the stamps you've used. Your predominantly kraft and black color theme is wonderful on this! All of your details are just amazing on this and the way that you've combined them...well, it's just a gorgeous card, Tracy! <3 Candy

Sandy said...

There is so many elements on your card its so lovely. What a great card for a man too so many little pieces, love the pocket watch. I am sure your husband will love it.. Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog..
Sandy :)

Suzanne C said...

So coool! Love how you used this die and all the fabulous details! Fantastic project again!

Lori said...

Fantastic Tracy! That is such a wonderful die to create with!

inkypinkycraft said...

I am sure your husband will lovethis !!! It is jam packed with fab details ...lve the die too..on my huge wish list! a really fab make trace x

Sanja Grdinić said...

This is just amazing... No other word could describe it better...
Have a nice day! :)

Sandra said...

Gorgeous card! Love the interactiveness of it! So full with things to see! Hugs, Sandra

Carol Q said...

oh my what a stunner of a creation Tracy. love it!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Wow! Gorgeous project, Tracy! I love the embellishments and 3D elements you added :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Maura said...

Wowza! This is one for him to put on display. So cool!!

craftytrog said...

What an amazing card! I bet your husband loved it!
I have to make a card for my hubby's birthday this week, and he works in London too, so thanks for the inspiration!
Alison xx

Barb Cady said...

My goodness what a work of art! Bet hubby was pleased with it! I love how you have managed to use so many elements. X

Chris Warner said...

Very creative, certainly a lot to keep the eyes interested. Chris xxx

hazel said...

Wow! What a fabulous creation, I love the images.
xxx Hazel.

JansArtyJunk said...

OMG..this is amazing Tracy...Your hubby is one lucky fella to receive this wonderful creation! x

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Tracy, Where do I start!! This is just amazing. I didn't know where to look first. There is so much going on it fabulous. Each time you look you see something new. I love it! I'm sure your hubby loved it to! Thanks for sharing such a personal piece. Crafty hugs Debbie R xx

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Tracy, Now that's what I call a Birthday card or better yet A Masterpiece. Should be in an art gallery.
Happy B-Day to your hubby, must be hard having him away so much!
Hugs Lynn

Anita Houston said...

Oh how I have been waiting to see all the photos of this fantastic beauty Tracy!!!! I LOVE THIS card!!!! Every stamp image, every added element and embellishment, the whole design...all most excellent! PINNING!

Anita Houston said...

Oh how I have been waiting to see all the photos of this fantastic beauty Tracy!!!! I LOVE THIS card!!!! Every stamp image, every added element and embellishment, the whole design...all most excellent! PINNING!

Karen B said...

How did I miss this on Monday? I am late to the party but must chime in to say this is INCREDIBLE!!!

SueB said...

I am just in awe! I don't think words can do this justice! Wow!

Buttons said...

So much to love on this it's hard to know where to start!!! Awesome creation Tracy, hugs Jenny x

Scropine28 said...

Whaaaaa ! I love all ! Bravo !