Country Road

I really liked the look of the stamps in the Country Road Stamp set. I thought they’d be perfect for masculine cards, though I had completely overlooked the set when I first glanced through the catalogue.
I gave myself the task of using it for October’s Just For Fun classes.
The four cards are all different and certainly weren’t to everyone’s taste but my lovely ladies threw themselves into the projects and had a go at each of the techniques.
Our first was a simple star card. Change up the colours to something bright and it could also then be used for a child's birthday. How about using a number stamp for the child's age on the 'seal'?

The card was simply stamped in crumb cake and merry merlot and then had braided linen trim wrapped around it. We made a ‘wax seal’ by covering a circle of card in Versamark, sprinkling embossing powder on top and heating it. We then repeated this and, immediately the heat gun was switched off and powder still wet, pressed a rubber stamp into it the wet powder. Leave it alone until completely cold then gently remove the stamp to view the impression left behind. This was added to the card along with a piece of the beautiful merry merlot and copper reversible ribbon.

The second card was in more earthy tones.

The base card being early espresso. The soft suede layer was stamped with the tall plant stamp and run through the bigshot in a 'woodgrain' embossing folder (retired but you could use pinewood planks TIEF) then ink was lightly dragged over it to reveal the bark in more detail. We gave the gold foil strip of card a tarnished appearance by dragging a Staz-On ink pad across it. The cartwheel was stamped over this in Staz-On. The whole strip was the inked up completely in Versamark and was heat embossed with clear powder. People have recently started calling this the black ice technique, especially when done on silver foil card, However, it’s a tarnishing technique which has been out for many years.
The foil strip was added to the card front along with striped burlap trim and a galvanised button which has also been aged with some ink.

Our weather vane card has a much ‘cleaner’ look.

The base is Cajun craze. The crumb cake layer has been stamped with the tall plant then run through the Bigshot in a 'brick' embossing folder (retired, but Simple Stripes TIEF would make a good alternative). Cajun craze ink has been lightly swiped over the top with a dauber. The weather vane has been stamped and heat embossed in black to give a glossy, black iron finish, onto a circle cut using the stitched shapes frame kits. A sentiment was added and cut out using the tailored tag punch.

The last one, a moonlight card, has a very ‘clean’ appearance, with plenty of white to be seen.

We die cut a mask from scrap paper and punch out a circle from a post it note. The mask was placed over white card and the circle stuck inside. Various blue inks were sponges and daubed through the mask, leaving a little white below the circle. The mask and circle were both removed and the large plant and a sentiment were stamped before using the negative from the post it it note over the moon. This protected the ‘sky’ whilst adding Wink Of Stella to the moon.

Four different cards ant the techniques certainly kept my ladies busy.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you've got an idea or two to go off and create something today!