Thursday, June 20, 2013

Enjoy The Journey Card

I made this card because I am really lacking in the area of masculine cards; I don’t have any extras made, I'm not that confident at making them and you know practice makes perfect (at this rate I should be up to speed in, let’s say, 500 more years <grin>).  I wanted a card that could be used for any occasion and I chose Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Playful Journey & The Journey stamp sets.  I love the backwards “e” in the Enjoy the Journey sentiment (Playful Journey set) and that really was the main reason I had bought the set – I completely forgot I had The Journey set and noticed that a few of the images appeared to be the same but I discovered while making this project that while the images may be the same design they are different sizes (yippee!), I am already thinking about how I can use the 2 car images together; maybe a shadow?  OK, anyway. . . This is what I used to make my “Journey Card”:

  • Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Playful Journey (enjoy the journey sentiment)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous The Journey (I used both of the cars)
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Glassine Paper, 1 piece
  • Matte white card stock cut to card size
  • Darice Gears Embossing Folder
  • My Minds Eye Celebration Tracker Paper Stack (cut out Trip Information – of course you can always stamp it)
  • Black circle scrap (from a MME punch out alphabet – told you I save everything!)
  • Kraft Card Stock (any shade will do)
  • Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
  • Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy
  • Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
  • Sharpie Black Marker
  • Scrap piece of text book paper (I saved this from my Altered “Shell Book” Niche project & gessoed a bunch of the pages that I cut out)
  • Dimensional Adhesive, 2 "dots"
  • Stipple Brush

I started out with running the Kraft Glassine paper through my Big Shot using the gears embossing folder then I trimmed it up a bit – it still looked kind of distressed on the edges and maybe not quite even but it worked for me.

After deciding where I wanted to soften the white of the card stock so I stippled Frayed Burlap along the edges of the card & then edged the card with Brushed Corduroy.  I also edged the Trip Information paper and crumpled it up to add some texture.

I love stipple brushes - I have had my brushes for over 10 years!

I stamped the 2 cars in the jet black ink on Kraft card stock and then sort of fussy cut them out – I purposely left a little border around the cars.

I took my black circle scrap, cut the piece I needed and edged the whole thing, including inside the circles with my black Sharpie.  This also helped to get rid of the little bitty “tabs” that sometimes stay on a punch out – you know those annoying little bumps of paper where the punch out was held in place.

I then stamped the sentiment “Enjoy the Journey” onto the piece of scrap book text that had already been gessoed.  I crumpled that up as well and used a pair of decorative scissors in deckle to cut around the square.  I edged that with Brushed Corduroy but not precisely – just a little bit here and there.

 I adhered the black circle scrap, the Trip Information scrap, the vintage truck and the sentiment with my Crafters’ Pick glue.  I got out 2 dimensional adhesive dots and edged those with the black Sharpie (that was REALLY messy – It didn’t even dawn on me that the dimensional dots were made of this spongy material and the marker ink just kind of sat on the edge.  I let them dry while I went and scrubbed my hands to try to get the Sharpie off) because I really didn’t want any white to show and I wasn’t positive where I was going to position that last car.  Once the edging on the dimensional adhesive was dry, I popped them on the back of the car and then adhered the car to the card.  Done! 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on this card and all of my posted projects – I am going through a dry spell with comments so please leave me some love, tips, suggestions, money, whatever – I’m not that picky <grin>.

I really like this card; it was fun and easy to make.  I also like to make projects that allow substitutions or omissions and they will still look good & I think this card allows that.  Remember, save everything, use everything & substitute with what you have on hand (especially if you are like me and find that the creative juices really get flowing after all the stores are closed & you really should be in bed).

I am entering this project in the Simon Says Stamp &Show Kraft Challenge.

I tried to show some of the texture & dimension of the card - you can see a little bit in this picture

My wonderful assistant, Monster, showing off one of her many talents  

Finally the finished card


  1. Fun card! I love using the few embossing folders I have. I have a gears one too. Love Steampunk and it is so male!
    hugs Karen

  2. Great card! Love the images you chose and the gears! Very cool masculine look! (Your assistant is adorable too!)

  3. Lovely card! And your assistant looks like a very hard worker - lol. Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)


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