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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Buckle down

June has been very busy so far - perhaps a little too busy. But, as one of my English teachers used to say at the commencement of a test "Heads down, bums up!". Then, a little frisson of scandal would ripple through the class along with "Ah ma! Mrs. M. said "Bum!"". Now that I think about it, it was the worst position in which to complete an exam and I used to come out of them with a sore back. Really felt sorry for the girl behind me too... Oh yes! What I meant to write was that I've buckled down and completed a few things and life is looking a little easier.

Speaking of buckles, I made a formal invitation card with one, so here it is:
Stampin' Up! Australia eScape invitation
Stampin' Supplies
Encore Gold

Itty Bitty Backgrounds set
Mostly Flowers set

Basic Black
Real Red
Whisper White

Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware
Black Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Real Red Grosgrain

The buckle on the invitation was created using a Spellbinders Ladies Fashion Buckle die and the faux metal technique. The faux metal technique involves melting a few layers of metallic embossing powder onto a surface and a stamp primed with VersaMark is pressed into the molten surface to create an textured imprint. In the case of this buckle, I used black embossing powder (so it's not really faux metal as such) and when the buckle had cooled, I rubbed the surface lightly onto my Encore Gold pad to highlight the pattern. Followed up with lots of glossy fixative and it is done!

As for the sentiment, I used a Quickutz Party Theme Goosebumpz on Basic Black cardstock and pressed the imprint lightly in Encore Gold and set with matt fixative. Placed everything on top of Whisper White cardstock embossed with a Cuttlebug Diamonds in the Rough folder.

As to the purpose of this card, I'd like to say "You're Invited" to my eScape event! But, in the meantime, have a great weekend and "head up, bum down!". Oooh! I just said "Bum"! *blush* *giggle*


Kari said...

Love your faux metal technique! Card looks great, hope the eScape event is great too! :) K

Lin Mei said...

Hello Kari. Thank you for the kind comments and sScape blessing!

Belle said...

You are so clever. Where did you get the idea to make the buckle and sentiment like that? I've been sitting in front of a piece of card with bits of paper around me for days with no idea what to do...(head down, bum up indeed!)

Angela said...

Lin Mei, you kill me! Too funny. The card is lovely - I really like that buckle, it goes beautifully on the card.

Lin Mei said...

Hey Belle! I love buckles on cards for some strange reason - perhaps it is do with a focal point on ribbon? Anyway, wanted to try out the faux metal technique after learning it at training and the two seemed to go together.

As for your card design paralysis, is it because you have too much new stuff demanding some love? I sometimes get that and find the only way to move forward is to use a few of the things on small bits like toppers which don't necessarily go together. I keep them aside for something in future and find that I can then focus on the one project.

Lin Mei said...

Hello Angela! Thank you for your lovely visit - have a great Sunday.

Rebecca Ross said...

Hi Lin Mei, this is my first visit to your blog and I really like it. I like your writing style - much funnier and more interesting than mine! : )
I will be back to visit again for sure.

Lin Mei said...

Welcome to my blog, Bec. Thank you and you, of course, have an open invitation to visit anytime! Everyone, check out Bec's wheely informative tutorial.

Marcia said...

Love the buckle Lin Mei - great example.

Lin Mei said...

Thanks muchly, Marcia!