It’s March and we’re taking a trip out of the Geared Up Garage. Yes, the Artisan Design Team are showcasing this Classic Garage Suite, complete with mini tool embellishments.
Welcome to this month’s Artisan Design Team Blog Hop, where this month we are turning our hand to the Garage. Geared Up Garage is a fabulous masculine suite that offers mini tools to cogs and oil cans.
Many find masculine cards difficult to create, but I think it’s because we like all things pretty. This month we Artisan’s are creating with the Geared Up Garage suite to share with you.
Manuela’s cards and pop of colour are fantastic, so if you’ve not seen them, you’ll want to hop on around until you do.
At first I really didn’t know where to start and cut a layer of this Grey pattered paper. I starred at it and became quite frustrated that nothing was coming to me. Frustration caused me to screw up the paper and bingo … this almost rock looking effect was created.
Taking a strip of silver foil and Staz On Ink, I randomly stamped oil smudges and oil cans all over it, before creating the Black Ice Technique.
Black Ice Technique
Carefully dragging the ink from the edges over the silver foil, I created gentle stripes across the strip. I then used Versamark to fully ink up this panel, that I heat embossed with clear Embossing Powder. I was left with a real metal looking panel that screamed masculinity.
Loving the shape of this sentiment, I just had to make use of it. Packing a punch with Crushed Curry, I heat embossed the sentiment with White Embossing Powder. I loved the rock and metal masculine effect that I’d created here.
I also used the Black Ice Technique on this ‘Happy Father’s Day’ badge. To create a gentle curve for this badge, I used a Bone Folder and adhered it in place using two stacked Dimensional Foam Pads.
With hubby having a classic motorbike in the garage himself, I knew I had to create at least one card using a bike. The bike on this second card appears on one of the Designer Series Papers, so was cut out using paper snips. Each year he tends to head off on an annual biking trip with his friends, so the addition of the map, seemed only right and fitting.
Hopefully this blog hop will inspire you to get creative with this set and to perhaps try some of these techniques. Next up we have the talented Narelle Farrugia, who I know has something quite special to share.