18 Apr 2019

Precious Time

"Time is so incredibly precious....always make your story incredible". 

Those are beautiful words from Helen Alexander that really are a mantra to live by, aren't they? It seems like sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day grind that we stop concentrating on the things that really count.  I know I'm very guilty of that, so I made this card to remind me to just look up occasionally, take a deep breath and evaluate if I am making my story incredible. You should try it too - it is very refreshing!

That's what I love about the amazing products from Visible Image, you can always find a wonderful sentiment with a deep meaning and a glorious image to go with that sentiment. Honestly, Helen and Mark Alexander are two of the most talented people I know. Long may they carry on delighting us and producing incredible products like these.

Right on to the details of my card. I had loads of fun making it. I got messy with some table salt - it's a technique that I've been meaning to try for years and I love the results so it won't be the last time I use this technique. Here's how I made the card.

Mask off a section on a panel of water colour paper. Wet the section you want to have colour on, then using 3 or 4 shades of water colour, paint the wet section, slightly blending the edges between shades. Sprinkle some table salt onto the watercoloured part and let the panel dry completely before rubbing the salt off with a cloth or your fingers.

Once the panel is dried and all the salt removed heat emboss the How Fragile stamp in white embossing powder. You can add parts of the stamp to the areas that are not covered by the first impression, just make sure that the image will be over the top of any parts that overlap. Make a nice crisp edge to the coloured area by inking Versamark ink between two pieces of masking tape that has a small gap between them straddling the edge of the coloured part, then heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. Attach the panel onto gold card for a thin border before attaching both to a coloured card blank.

Now heat emboss the shattered watch twice onto a holographic gold card with white embossing powder. Cut one of the images up and layer it on top of the other image using 2 different depths of foam.  Stamp the background for the watch onto spare card in purple ink and heat emboss with clear sparkle embossing glitter over the top. Fussy cut the background and water colour the edges to match in with the main panel. Curl the edges slightly then attach this to the card with foam, adding the completed watch on top with more foam. Stamp, heat emboss and cut out the sentiments adding those with foam to the front of the card.

For the inside, take a piece of paper and stamp the cogs over the bottom right corner with a gold ink. The sentiment inside is made up from masking and inking just the 'Always' from 'Always Listen to the voices in your head', then stamping two other stamps from the same stamp set underneath it.

and there you have it!

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):


Other Supplies:

Water colour card, masking tape, Gansai Tambi Watercolours (50 pale aqua, 56 marine green, 57 turquoise green), water & paintbrush, table salt, coloured card blank, gold holographic card, Versamark clear ink, Wow! embossing powders and glitter (opaque bright white, metallic gold rich, clear sparkle), heat gun, scrap of white card, Prism ink (purple velvet), scissors, 3d foam, White paper, Encore ultimate metallic gold ink.

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

Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge April - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #161 - Anything Goes
Inkspirational #184 - Pop It Up
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#277 - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #91 - Anything Goes
Paperminutes #584 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 16 April - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #429 - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


Cathy said...

Couldn't agree more Sharon!! Wonderful card, Cathy x

Christine said...

What a stunning background! I love using table salt, too....it is kind of like embossing powder...card magic!
Thanks for sharing at Jo's Scrap Shack!
DT Member

Dotty Jo said...

Wow, Sharon, this is stunning! Jo x

Helen said...

Beautifully done - love all the gold.

Thanks for joining us at Jo's Scrap Shack.

Helen x

Izzy Scrap said...

WOW ! Stunning card, Sharon ! I've seen it on FB and I had to come here to know how you've done. I tried the salt technique but I don't know why, I never have this wonderful effect. Is it fine salt or coarse salt that you use ? Love the beautiful association with the gold and what you say about time is so true ! Have a fabulous Easter weekend ! Hugs x

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

Thanks so much Izzy. I used very fine table salt and sparsely sprinkled it on then left it to dry completely. The longer the salt is on, the better the effect. xx

Nonni said...

Oh wow Sharon, this is really unique looking! The layering of the clogs adds a lot of interest and detail and the artsy background is stunning. This card is full of creativity! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational!

Helen said...

Me again!

Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Made by Helen{My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Linda said...

This looks fab ..... amazing effect on the background. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx