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Friday 25 January 2019

Creative Card Making with Amanda

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Amanda here with you today continuing our regular monthly 'Creative Cardmaking' post that we began last March when we restructured our timetable.
The general idea is that we as Creative Guides will share our ideas for putting together a card in keeping with our preferred genres - vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
So today I am sharing a monochrome card that has an industrial feel. It's real quick and easy to make so perfect for those occasions when you require a card quickly.
I guess given its style it would be considered an ideal card for a male recipient but I have to say I would be more than happy to receive a card like this and I'm most definitely not male!!

I actually made this card last year not long after Tim Holtz released his 3D Texture Fades embossing folders (wow that seems like so long ago now) and in my keenness to 'test drive' a couple of the folders this card came about but unfortunately I failed to capture process shots- sorry!
The two 3D Texture Fades EP's I used are 'Foundry' (left) and 'Mechanics' (right)

For those of you who aren't familiar with the 3D embossing folders (though I'm sure most of you are by now) its worth watching Tim demoing how to use them here to ensure you will get the best results.
I embossed three pieces of black cardstock, as per Tim's instructions one with the 'Mechanics' folder, two with the 'Foundry' folder. To highlight and enhance the depth and dimension of the embossing I applied silver gilding wax over the embossed patterns using my fingers.
Heres how the 'Mechanics' panel looked at this stage

After adhering this panel to a double mount of metallic and black cardstock I began bringing my card design together.
Using a white handmade card as the base I adhered a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap (Melange) to the right hand side of the card base

and to the left hand side I adhered one of the 'Foundry' embossed panels.

The mounted 'Mechanics' panel was then adhered on top as the focal feature. 
Sections of the second 'Foundry' embossed panel were cut from the whole to provide the three 'bars' you can see in the finished design. There's a narrow thin one you can see above, a short rectangular one you can see below 

and one with a bit of both!
All are embellished with a few of my much loved hex nuts. 
The deeply embossed gear/cog on the top right of the 'Mechanics' panel is also embellished with a metal gear to finish off. 

I'll leave you with a more 'arty' shot of the finished card.

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some 'Creative Card Making' inspiration. 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and be sure to pop by next Friday when we begin our new challenge. 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and if like me you reside in the colder climates be sure to stay warm and toasty! 
Take Care 


  1. A fabulous industrial card Amanda with great layers and textures. Thanks for walking us through your process steps xxx

  2. I love this card Amanda, I wouldn't mind receiving a card like this either, it really is fabulous! Anne xxx

  3. Wonderful textured layers Amanda x great embossed details and your embellishments are the perfect finish xx
    TFS Annie xx

  4. You are right, why mechanics should be given only to males? I love artistic mechanics and your card is fabulous!

  5. Wonderful! Just love the design and fabulous texture!

  6. woaw awsome love your vibriant art

  7. Your card in that industrial style looks gorgeous, all is well placed and in harmony. I like that much.
    Dear Greetings

  8. Amanda, you've made a fabulous 'masculine' card using these two folders. I love the addition of the bars and hex nuts that really bring this card to life. Great tutorial, too! Hugs!

  9. This monochrome industrial card is really magnificent, and it's so great to see the steps which brought it all together. A terrific card inspiration post.
    Alison x

  10. This is amazing Amanda, adore the steampunk industrial feel and wonderful textures. Thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  11. Thanks so much Deb. Anne, Alison, Nikki, Lyx, Annie , Sara, LIttle Artbee, Dortesjs and Draw Online for your kind comments and visits . All are very much appreciated :) x