Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Calling Card..

Hi Blogland. I hope you all had a good weekend?
Today I wanted to share with you a project I have made and have decided to enter it into a Design Team Call with Creative Expressions!
Part of the requirements for the call is to use stamping and an ATC (Artist Trading Card) on the project..
So, this is what I came up with...You may be surprised to learn that the box actually started off life like this?! A plain White pre-made cardboard box...I coloured the box using Vintage Photo Distress Stain.What a complete contrast from the original box!!I then added some "Tim Holtz" corners to each corner of the lid of the box, to give it a more of a robust, vintage look.Next, I took a piece of Grey Board and White card stockand coloured them, again using the Vintage Photo Distress Stain.Notice the colour contrast on each piece of card stock, I guess the Grey Board just soaks up more of the Ink, but actually dries lighter than the White card stock..
For those who came to our Tim Holtz Day a few weeks ago, you will have had a go at this little ATC... But for everyone else, here's a step by step.
I de-bossed the Rain Man image from the Tim Holtz Textured Trades Folder Set Artful Muse,filling the image in with some Glosssy Accents.Once it was dry it adds a great effect to the ATC...I then cropped the edges of the ATC to add a little bit of interest,and also, hand on heart, to make it fit onto the top of the box!!
I then stamped my image which was from the Vintage Treasures Stamp set by Sam Poole..And then applied it to the top of the box...The sides of the box were looking a little bit bare in contrast to the top so I stamped some "creative" text using the Art Collage stamp set..The Black on Brown is making me feel that this box is looking just like an old tea chest!For the card which was to go inside the box, I stamped my image onto another piece of card stock which had been coloured with the Vintage Photo Distress Stain. The stamped image I used was from the Vintage Inventor Stamp Set.I then attached some Faux Screw Brads to make it look as though the image was screwed to the eventual card it was going on to.This has got to be one of my favourite sentiments! It sums a lot of us crafters up I think!!This, and the Inventor image were applied to a small card which had been distressed using Brushed Corduroy Distressing Inkand then popped into the box I made earlier!!.And there we go... Something a little bit different!! And you end up with a little box to keep all of your ATC's in too..Thanks for checking us out.. See you soon.


  1. Good luck with the DT call Andy. This little box & card are super.

    By the way, I've shared a new blog award with you (piccy & details over on my blog)

    Toni :o)

  2. Beautiful... and yes, it does remind me of a Victorian tea chest!!

  3. Wow Andy. You have been busy. Great box effect.
    Good Luck with your entry.
    Cally x

  4. Excellent Andy. I've been looking at boxes I already use for storage and they are getting tatty and boring ... need a week where I have time to play and this is inspiring me ... will certainly be printing off and keeping this one. Sorry I missed the TH day big time now!

    Renee xx

  5. Stinkin Awesomenss! Good Luck!

    Jess B.

  6. Good luck with the DT Call, you certainly made a project to impress.
    Kim xXx