Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card and Kamikaze Crow



Image of a portion of the front of my handmade tattoo art wedding card.
Peek at My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card
Ever consider giving tattoo art for a wedding card? This would be a unique card and even better if it were a handmade card. After creating my handmade Tattoo Art I Love You Card, I decided to create a more elegant tattoo art card that could be used as a wedding card or engagement card. I was looking for a classic tattoo design that could represent two people in love. I found a wonderful tattoo comprised of a bird carrying an arrow with two pierced hearts. What says two people in love more than an arrow through two hearts! Like my handmade Tattoo Art I Love You Card, I wanted the tattoo art to be the focal point of my handmade wedding card / engagement card. I was initially going to make my card white on white, but then decided to distress it with ink and give it more of an elegant antiqued appearance. Add a little bling and wah la, I have created a wonderful tattoo art wedding card.



The World Around Me


Since my card features imagery representing love, I thought I would share a little action in my backyard that is the polar opposite...combat. While working in my gardens it became eerily quiet around me and I had that uncomfortable feeling that I was being watched. I looked up and through the trees to see if there was anything beyond the tree line, but didn't see anything. Then I looked up above me and that's when I saw him.

Image of red tail hawk sitting in a tree.
Red Tail Hawk High in a Tree

A large red tail hawk was eyeballing me. Then I heard a screech and I saw a kamikaze crow heading right toward him from above.

Image of a crow dive bombing a hawk sitting in a tree.
Crow Dive Bombing Hawk Sitting in a Tree

Mr. Red Tail had gotten too close to a crow's nest in the woods. After this initial attack the hawk took off across the sky and the air show began.

Image of crow and hawk flying among the trees.
Hawk and Crow Flying Among the Trees

It didn't end there! The kamikaze crow continued his attack in the sky above me.

Image of crow dive bombing a hawk in the sky.
Crow Areal Dive Bombing of a Hawk

Look at that crow in the upper left of the picture! He's practically vertical and almost on his back in that dive toward the hawk below. With this final attack, I guess the crow decided he had defended his nest enough and the two circled a couple of more times and then parted company.

Image of crow and hawk circling in the sky.
Crow and Hawk Circling in the Sky


My Love of Papercrafting Challenges


I follow many challenge blogs and my handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card reflects the following challenges:
  • Stampin' for the Weekend challenge is to use no less than 4 layers. My handmade tattoo art wedding card has 4 layers on the base card (rounded corner panel, shaped image background panel, blue image mat, and image panel).
  • The Stamp Man Challenge is using your favorite technique. My favorite technique is gamsol and I used it to color the image on my handmade wedding card.
  • Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge is for a clean and simple design. I think my handmade tattoo art wedding card meets this criterion (at least it is CAS for my style of card making).
  • Catch the Bug challenged us to use things with wings. The bird on my handmade wedding card meets that criterion.
  • Totally Stampalicious challenge is for a clean and simple design. My handmade tattoo art wedding card is a CAS design for my card making style.
  • Make it Monday is an anything goes paper craft so I'm using my handmade wedding card.
  • Paper Sundaes challenged us to use things with wings on our creation. I used a bird image on my handmade tattoo art wedding card.
  • Bearly Mine Challenges asked us to use dies. I used 3 different dies to create my handmade wedding card.
  • Creative Craft Challenges this week wanted to see distressing. I used distress ink around the edges of the panels on my handmade tattoo art wedding card to give it a vintage distressed appearance.
  • Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge asked that you select a letter of the alphabet and then use at least 3 elements on your creation that start with that letter. I selected the letter "B" for my handmade wedding card. I used a Bird image, Blue pencils to color him, Blue cardstock to mat my image, and Bling on each of the 4 corners.


Handcrafting My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card


Card Statistics

  • Final Card Size: 5.5" tall x 4.25" wide
  • Tools: tattoo stamp, scoring board, paper cutter, blending tool, scissors, ruler, blending stumps computer, Cuttlebug machine, dies, corner rounder punch
  • Materials: cardstock, cover stock, adhesive, gamsol, colored pencils, inks, rhinestones
  • Card can be Purchased in My Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card


Front View of My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card


Image of my handmade tattoo art wedding card.
Front - My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card

For this card I used the same basic design as I used on my handmade Tattoo Art I Love You card. I created the card base from white cardstock that I scored at the top so that it opens vertically from the bottom. I cut a panel of white cardstock that I rounded the corners on and then used my blending tool to ink its edges with distress ink to give it an antiqued appearance. I set this panel aside.

As the focal point of my handmade card I used a classic tattoo digital image that I printed on white cardstock and colored using gamsol and colored pencils. I die cut my colored image out in a circle shape and used my blending tool to apply distress ink around the edges in a continuation of my vintage look. To make the image pop I matted it with a blue cardstock the same color as the dark blue in my bird. I set my image panel aside.

As a backdrop to my matted image I die cut a shaped panel from white cardstock and dry embossed its outer edge. I left my die cut in place and with my blending tool applied distress ink. Upon removing my die cut, I had a clean, crisp white edge around my background panel that would emphasize my image. I popped my matted image slightly off the surface of this background panel so that the curves on the edge of the panel hug the outer circle of my image. I affixed this panel to my rounded corner panel which completed my topper panel. This topper was affixed to my card base.

As a finishing touch to my card front I added a red rhinestone in each of the rounded corners on my panel. These rhinestones added a little dimension to the card and made the red hearts in my image pop.


Angle Views of My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card


Image of my handmade tattoo art wedding card sitting at a left angle.
Angle Left - My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card

Image of my handmade tattoo art wedding card sitting at a right angle.
Angle Right - My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card

Note how the white edges around each panel make the panels appear to pop from the surface and add visual dimension to the face of my card. Also, the distress ink provides additional perceptive dimension. The only panel that is truly popped from the card surface is the image with its blue mat.


Inside Panel of My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card


Image of the inside panel of my handmade tattoo art wedding card.
Inside - My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card

For the inside of my card I mimicked its front with the rounded corner panel and the die cut shaped panel. No true dimension, just the illusion of dimension through my distress ink and the crisp, white borders.

I constructed a white envelope from heavy cover stock and decided to leave it plain without any embellishment.


Final Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card and Handmade Envelope Set


Image of my handmade tattoo art wedding card and handmade envelope set.
My Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card and Handmade Envelope Set

I really like the way that this card came out so rich in color, yet clean and simple in architecture. The blue border around the tattoo art draws your eyes into the image and the red bling makes the hearts pop. Although I created this card as a wedding or engagement card, it could be used for an anniversary, a valentine or special romantic occasion with the one you love.

This card set is available in my Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card.


Card Recipe Specifics for Handmade Tattoo Art Wedding Card

  • Cardstock: Wausau, Recollections
  • Cover Stock: Staples
  • Digital Stamp: Dover Copyright Free Classic Tattoo
  • Ink: Ranger Distress antique linen
  • Rhinestones: Studio G
  • Prismacolor Pencils: metallic gold, crimson red, crimson lake, pink, chocolate, powder blue, ultramarine, spanish orange
  • Dies: standard circles large, standard circles small, and curved rectangles all Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • Punch: corner rounder by EK Success
  • Tools: scoring board, paper cutter, blending tool, scissors, ruler, blending stumps, computer, Cuttlebug machine
  • Misc: gamsol, adhesive
  • Techniques Used: gamsol, die cutting, embossing, stenciling, sponging, distressing

So ends another jaunt along my handcrafting card journey with my handmade tattoo art wedding card. A unique wedding card that can also be used for an engagement, anniversary, valentine, or just that special romantic occasion with the one you love. Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my handmade card and photography with you. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back soon! 

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16 comments:

  1. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us this week at Creative Craft Challenges. NancyD

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  2. this is one,beautiful card,bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week,hugs Cherylxxxx

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  3. What gorgeous coloring and shading. I really need to break out the gamsol and pencils. Thanks for the inspiration. Love the clean, crisp and uncluttered design which really enhances the image.

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  4. Your tattoo cards are amazing! What a fantastic and unique idea for a wedding card. :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

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  5. What a fabulous card and interesing post. I love it. Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine this month, I really enjoyed looking at your work.
    Good Luck with the Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs
    Laine
    X

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  6. Lovely card, beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing with Flourishes.

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  7. Such a pretty card. Love the way you colored the bird image and was struck by the awesome distressing you did. It really brings out the tattoo image. Love the shape too.

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  8. Very unique card. Thanks for joining the challenge at Cardmadfairy.
    Lynnx
    Dt

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  9. A very unique card and great idea. Love the bird pics too. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man and have a wonderful day. Angela

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  10. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing.

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  11. Beautiful colouring. Thanks for sharing with us at Paper Sundaes. Jenny x

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  12. What a unique and interesting wedding card! That one would certainly stand out to me if I had received it! Fantastic coloring skills, too :)

    Thank you for joining us in Flourishes Timeless Tuesday!
    ~ Amanda :)

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  13. Fabulous coloring and shading. Thank you for sharing your creation with us in our "Things With Wings" challenge at Catch The Bug! We appreciate that you "spread your wings" and joined us! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Bugaboo Stamps

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  14. great card. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck and hope to see you again.
    Hugs
    Tracey

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  15. Those panels are a great layout. Thanks so much for joining in with us this week for the Catch The Bug Things With Wings Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps. I hope you enjoyed it enough to join us again for our next challenge. Right, I’m now going to FLY away and see what else I can find!
    TFS
    Paul
    Crafty Blogocks
    DT Member for Catch The Bug

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  16. Very pretty and wonderful CAS card! I love the blue bird image. Thank you for playing along at the FTTC.

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