Sunday, May 29, 2016

Father's Day at Downton Abbey

06/10/2016 Top Cut Winner!

06/01/2016 Update: Top Three Winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

Although my father has passed away, I usually make a Father's Day card for my brother, David, who has two grown sons. David is a car aficionado so I thought this stamp from the Downton Abbey collection was a good choice.
On a card base of black cardstock, a panel of textured silver foil was adhered. I used the textured because I am out of the plain silver so the texture does not show well. On a panel of white cardstock, the car was stamped and colored then sewn to a panel of Cajun cardstock. The sentiment was also stamped. This panel was adhered to gray cardstock and outline stitched. A die was used to create the grill work along the lower edge of the card. It was cut twice and then adhered to slate cardstock with foam tape. The silver cord was wound around the card several times and tied. Some gears were adhered to the card. This was all adhered to the card base and silver panel. The inside was lined with white cardstock, stamped off with a partial image of the car in gray.
I will be mailing this card. It weighs exactly 1 oz. with the metal gears but I'll be sending it with a thin pad over the front, making it thicker so it will require the base postage at $0.49 plus the extra currently at $0.22.

This card is being entered into the following challenges. The sketch served as the design layout and was turned 90 degrees.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #161

Watercooler Wednesday #69

Aud Sentiments #156
Anything Goes + Sentiment

Cut It Up #97
Any sketch + a die cut
(See sketch above.)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up Materials:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Cajun Craze
DSP: Adventure Bound
Inks: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Cajun Craze
Misc: Dimensionals Foam, Silver Cord

Other Materials:
Stamps: Crafter's Companion Downton Abbey Elements 2 & Sentiments 2
Paper: DCWV Texturized Silver Foiled Cardstock
Dies: Reverse Confetti Squared Off
Misc.: The Paper Studio Spare Parts Collection "Vintage Gears"
Sewing Machine by Bernina


  1. Hi Melanie, what a striking card! I love the gears along the side as well as that beautifully detailed vintage car. Your colours are so well thought out and add to the masculine feel. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. This card is well worth the extra postage it needs to send. It's gorgeous! Your brother will really appreciate it.

    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for our Sketch challenge!


  3. I'm sure your brother is going to love this card. The vintage car and metal gears are so perfect. Thanks for playing with us at AHSC.

  4. Fantastic Father's Day Card. Love the gears and the image! Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC!

  5. Awesome card! Thanks for playing at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  6. Awesome card Melanie! Love those little gears, great design and the colors are perfect! :)

  7. Love It! I love the colours, the stamp is great and the gear details are perfect! Great card! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H)!

    Brandi R
    DT member H2H

  8. This is just gorgeous! Love the cord, the grille, etc... so many wonderful li'l touches! Thanks again for coming to play over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  9. A very handsome card! Love it! And the stitching is yummy! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts this week!

  10. From the gears, the chrome (silver layer) to that awesome grill, this card is sure to please your car aficionado brother. This is really a handsome card. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a fun card! I love that you rotated it! It is a great masculine card! Fun textures and colors! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts!

  12. What an awesome 'car guy' card! I love the additions of the gears, and the grill along the bottom. Thanks for joining in our Watercooler Wednesday challenge. ~Deborah

  13. Great take on our masculine challenge this week! Thanks for playing along with Watercooler Challenges this week!

  14. This is such a great masculine card, Melanie! Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

  15. Great masculine card, love the colors you card with the gears. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments.

  16. Mel, I love this - you thought of everything with this card... the colour, the composition and the stitching that brings it all together. Everything is so carefully placed and considered. The minimalistic colour scheme really highlights the red. Terrific work :)