Sunday, January 11, 2015

Woodware: Thinking of My Papa...

This week's Woodware challenge has proved to be a bit emotional for me. We're featuring grandparents this week, and both sets of mine have been gone a long time. However, the memories are never gone. I remember both of my grandfathers loving to fish, and since "Papa" fits better on this card than "Grandpa", I'm pretending this is for my Papa.

The inside is a smaller white card, brayered with Tsukineko Kaleidacolor ink to mimic a nice sunset. You know men...the sun is going down, and it's always, "Just one more cast"! I used a teal ink to stamp the Clear Growing Old sentiment.

The outside is a card made from clear acetate. Acetate can be a bit tricky. It tends to have a mind of its own, and always has a major issue with static cling, which can be  tricky when using embossing powder with it. If you use an anti-static pouch over all of the surface (front and back), you can prevent problems.

The Clear Casting Bait image was stamped on the inside of the acetate card, and embossed in Stampendous Midnight Black Embossing Powder. Yes...on the inside of the flap. The reason is that if the image was reversed, I was able to show more of the sentiment on the brayered layer. Keep that in mind if you ever have an image that you really wish were reversed. Obviously, this will not work if there are any words as they will reverse as well.

Remember how I said that acetate can have a mind of its own? Well, it is not crazy about being tightly folded. I foiled its master plan by using brads to hold the card in place inside the acetate card, and added a bit of dimensional foam adhesive just behind the embossed image as well. The back flap I adhered to the card with a tape runner.

Finally, I die cut letters from the Dreamweaver Dual Alphabet Die set for the word Papa, and adhered them to the top of the acetate card. The end result is far more cool than it photographs, but being creative types, I'm sure you get the idea!

As a final thought...if you are fortunate enough to still have your grandparents in your life, let them know how much you love and appreciate them. Make them a handmade card. Sit with them. Listen to their stories. Share them with your children. This is how they live on ever after.

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