Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Treasured Memories

Hi everyone.......so lovely to have you visit at Curious N Crafty Treasures  x And a huge welcome to followers old and new x
Today I am sharing a very special birthday card for a male. This  Scottish gentleman travelled  around Europe for 6 months in the 1970's, sharing his journey in a Volkswagen Camper Van with two Australians. It's no surprise that they called the van MACTILDA :-) and quite apt that the Camper Van stamp is a design of Dark Room Door, who were founded in Australia.

The card is an easel card and you can see below that I added lots of textured details using Tim Holtz stencils  ( Arrows and Harlequin stencils)

To colour the background once the paste was dry I used Dylusions Spray Ink in London Blue, Melted Chocolate and Cut Grass, drying them with my Heat Tool. Treasured Gold  wax was then applied to the raised areas.

The Dark Room Door stamp was inked with Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black, then applied to Smooth White Glossy Card. Some Vintage Photo and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks were applied to give the look of an old photograph, which looks better IRL. Once matted on to black card then on to my background I decided to make it an easel card as the plan was that it would be inserted in to a frame, following the birthday celebrations. 
Some close ups of the textured areas

I love Tim Holtz Idea-Ology and adhered an arrow, gears, numerals and a tag using glossy accents. The key was from my stash of  acquired bits n bobs :-)

I have not entered a challenge in some time so with the themes below in mind I would like to submit my easel card in to the following :
1.Over at the  That's Crafty Challenge Blog the theme this fortnight is 'This is a Man's World', which runs until the 5th September. 

  2. Fashionable Stamping Challenge Blog  also have a new challenge theme, which  was chosen by Dot, and is a 'Birthday Card for Someone Special'.

3.The challenge theme over at Our Creative Corner Challenge Blog is 'Summertime' and this gent certainly travelled Europe in his camper van during the summer months. (  He is none to keen to travel in the winter)

4. Anything Goes is the challenge theme over at The Artistic Stamper Challenge Blog this month so I am going to enter this make there too. 

Great to catch up with you all again and I look forward to visiting you soon

Crafty Hugs xx

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  1. What a fun card for a special person. I love the the story about his travels in a VW van. This is such a perfect card for him. Great stamp :) I love how you aged it. The Dylusions ink is so fun, isn't it. Great make Annie -- Mary Elizabeth

  2. Fabulous card Annie. Great colours, stencilling etc, and the camper van looks brilliant. Good Luck with the Challenges too. Hugs Mum xxxx

  3. So fun!!! Love that bus and all the color and texture on it! So cool too!

  4. Wonderful masculine card Annie...love the textures and colours and fabulous stamp.The added details like the keys and arrow are fabulous..

    luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Fantastic card Annie! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper!
    Alison x

  6. Brilliant card Annie - loved the story behind the card - amazing background with perfect image and embellishments

    x Hilda

  7. Fabulous card! Love the textured background and the campervan against those colours looks great! Chrisx

  8. Anonymous8/26/2014

    This is a wonderful card especially when you know it will bring back a flood of wonderful memories to the recipient. A lovely idea that it can be inserted into a frame afterwards. I like the hint of colour you added to the stamped camper van.
    I would so love to travel around Europe in a camper van, not saying how long I would last with my awful travel sickness but I like the notion of it!

  9. Fantastic male card, its a super image against the bold colours of the background. Thank you for sharing it with us at FSC as well this time.
    Yvonne x

  10. Great card Annie, love the textured background, t really sets off that fab DD stamp! I bet it was much appreciated!

  11. HI Annie - what a fab card, great texture that works perfectly with the stamped image..Love it !! Thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC...Esther xx

  12. What a great background...like the stamp of the VW ...lovely in total Annie!
    greetings, Alie

  13. A terrific card Annie that I'm sure will be greatly appreciated. H'mmm if vans could talk - bet he has a few tales!! Nicola x

  14. Annie, this has to be the best masculine birthday card I have seen! The story behind the card makes it even more special and fabulous! I love all the background texture and that image is incredible! My hubby (before our time) also had a V-Van! Love this!

  15. What a stunning card, Annie! Love the harlequin embossing! So verry pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  16. A beautifully thought out card full of memories of that special trip - great colours and textures too. Love that DD VW van - so cool!
    Alison xx

  17. Hi Annie, I Love Mactilda... your card is fantastic, I love the colours & texture I'm sure he will treasure this always... Brilliant work... Hugs May x x

  18. Hi Annie, Fabulous card, I am sure this will be treasured and bring back lots of lovely memories for the gent in question. Love the image and wonderful background.
    Thanks for sharing at FSC
    Avril x

  19. Loving the way you've framed the camper van with that fabulous textured border and super distressed colours. Jenny x


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