Thursday 21 August 2014

world war II

Hello my friends. Today's topic is not an easy one. However the occasion is.
I was asked to make a card for my friend's aunt's partner who will be 80 in a few days. She told me that his interest was WWII as he was in the regiment during the war.

At first I was at a loss as to what to do. Then I remembered that I had an aeroplane set of stamps from Hobby Art and this started me off. 
I stamped the fields first in potting soil archival ink and extended it to fit A5 card. Next i stamped planes in first, second and third generation ink using potting soil archival ink.

Then I inked the whole sheet with the 'brown' distress inks going darker and darker towards edges. Then using a paintbrush and water I bleached colour off from the fields.
I covered the lower part of card and flicked some water on card. It can look like snow but in my head it was representing bombs being dropped from planes.......

I dried it well and stamped the corners with a Tim Holtz stamp in versamark and embossed in rich gold detail powder.
Then I stamped the sentiment using Clarity stamps in potting soil archival and clear embossed. I cut it out with a spellbinders die. Leaving die in place i stamped swirl from Tim Holtz twice and inked the die with a few brown DI.

I matted and layered the topper on complimentary card but it still lacked something. 
So I made a poppy that I die cut partly with spellbinders and partly punched. Then I thought about medals and decided to make one for the card.
So I stuck navy, white and red ribbon as shown. I made the medal by cutting out a circle and triple embossing it with a mixture of antique and rich gold embossing powder. While it was molten I stamped the crown from Tim Holtz into it. I had inked it with watering can archival ink.
The metal attachment I made from a d-lite spellbinders die which i chopped and reconstructed out of antique gold card.
Finally I made a box for the card to go into as the flower would have been squashed in an envelope.

My friend loved it when she saw it. I don't know about the recipient yet. My husband said I ruined it with the embellishments. He just liked the topper on it's own. So now the jury is up to you........ Theresa xx

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges :

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes
Sunday Stamper - all about the background
Creative card crew - embossing (wet and dry)


  1. Oh Theresa this is stunning what a lovely card so many techniques and gorgeous stamps xxx

  2. Very innovative, loving the whole card... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  3. I don't think you ruined it at all with the embellishments. I LOVE your "medal," I thought you had used a real metal at first.


    Thanks for joining our embossing challenge at Creative Card Crew.


    1. bless you Mari - men! what do they know?! xx

  4. Stunning Theresa. I love the scene and you're right abou the bombs. Love the embellishments what a lot of work xx

  5. Theresa, this is stunning! There is so much wonderful detail and I just love how you've combined all the elements to create such a special card! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Have a great and hugs! xx

    1. thanks for your lovely words Emma. and great weekend back to you, hugs xx

  6. Theresa this is fabulous! I am sure the recipient will love it!
    Linda xxx

  7. This looks amazing Theresa and I'm sure the recipient will love it too, great idea for the medal xx

    1. Thanks Lisa. sorry i had missed you out xx

  8. This is such an amazing card! Beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  9. WOW! This is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door. Please come play along with us again!

  10. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew. Good luck. Maggie - DT

  11. Your card is stunning! You have put that scene together very well! I hope the recipient loves it as much as your friend did. Thank you so much for joining our embossing challenge at Creative Card Crew this fortnight :)