Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gears for a Guy

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I had intended to post before this, but lately life seems to have thrown several days at me in one, plus I have been trying to get the gardens sorted for winter, but winter is slow in coming and the weeds keep growing.... 

I made this card for a man who is a mechanic.
I was inspired by a card somewhere (can't member the details) where the frames where made by cutting two graduated dies at one time.


Keeping with the 'square' theme, I embossed the black panel with a square patterned folder


The greeting was stamped on the center off-cut from the frames, and embossed in copper.  The greeting is a very old Hero Arts stamp, one of my originals - i am so glad stamps do not wear out!
  

The gears within the frames were cut from silver and copper glitter card, some bronze card with a sheen in it, and shiny black card.


The gold layers behind the dark gray frames and sentiment, are actually the wrappers from the Hershey's Kisses that we shared for Valentines.

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33 comments:

MaryH said...

This is such an amazingly original card! Love the design, and your 'gears' look very glossy, as though you had glossy accents over...interesting to learn it was glitter c/s. Really do like the graphic embossing pattern too, especially with the square motifs. So cool that you used the Hershey candy wrappers as background. Now THAT is a great recycle, and so pretty too. Well done Maxine. TFS & Hugs

Desire Fourie said...

A wonderful masculine design with a great steampunk flavour.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wonderful card, Maxine, great elements in guy card, well done!

.. the fact that your stamps aren't wearing out shows you look after them, the rubber can crack them after about twenty or even sixty years + old second hand one of mine is a rubber a bit cracking around edges.. wonder how the polymer ones will last in comparison..

Thanks so much for joining us at Bizzy Becs Anything Goes Challenge and for the inspiration.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Bizzy Becs DT}
{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Suchi said...

Ok! I LOVE the gears and the masculine look! This card is perfect for the machanic guy you are giving to! :)
Hugs xx

Gerrina said...

The little squeres and backgroundsqueres look so beautiful together! Great guy-card!

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant work love the colours and fabulous image..beautiful display.xx
 {aNNie}

Dawn Turley said...

great masculine card,

Lovely Linda said...

What a great masculine card Maxine - who doesn't love those Hershey's kisses - a great way to share the wrappers - perfect upcycling!! I am sure the mechanic will appreciate the gears - perfect! {{{hugs}}}

kel Acopan said...

love the gears and the masculine look of your card. beautifully done maxine!!

lovies, =o) kel

Jennifer Bradley said...

Fabulous male card, love the cogs and glitter. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage and good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member x

Lisette Baker said...

Great card and how perfect for a mechanic. I love the frames with gears - so effective. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Maxine! Thank you for showing up your pretty "guys" card! I just purchased those gears and now have some fantastic ideas for using them! I like all the texture, metallics and color in your card! Thanks for joining us in the {Our Crafty Corner Challenge}! Hope to see more of your pretty projects again soon!
crafty hugs,
de
P.S. I'd love for you stop by my personal blog to say hello if you have a chance. Thanks!
{Creative Smiles}

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Maxine, any guy would love this card... the gears are great!

Dee's Craft Room said...

Lovely masculine card Maxine, the cogs are a great addition. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

Dionne

Team Clark said...

Sorry you are having rough days, Maxine! Do hang in there and remember - weeds die in the winter! Ha, just kidding. I think the mechanic in your life will adore and greatly appreciate this card. Hugs, Autumn

JD/ Jill said...

Very nice masculine card!

Irish Cherokee said...

This project certainly called on your attention to details. Wonderfully creative Maxine. Love the results.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

Jim

Robin said...

Very cool card! Love the gears! Hope things get better for you soon. We just started Spring. Our Winter was very mild. Wish yours is too. Thanks for playing along with us at LTSCB and good luck. Hugs, Robin

Isobel said...

Great card thanks for joining in at Crafting from the Heart good luck x

Gail said...

Howdy - Gail Scott here dropping by from WAW to say Thank You for entering your art work to our challenge -perfect masculine card - I love the gears and metal look! have a blessed day!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fabulous masculine card Maxine. I love the gears in the panels like that, and the gold backing adds a wonderful industrial feel. hugs :)

cohenna said...

Beautiful!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

OH I love this! Gorgeous metals and gorgeous gears--very masculine. Your card really rocks it!

Olga Fink said...

Such a great masculine card! lovely design!
xoxo Olga

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fantastic textures in this one Maxine!
Happy Day!

oxo Susi

MiamiKel said...

Oh Maxine, this is sensational! What a wonderful burst of glitz and a perfect masculine card, has a very steampunk feel to it :) Love the wonderful earthy tones too. Fabulous! Glad you are getting your gardening in, readying for Winter (whistle we are gearing up for 130 degree summer here!) hugs, my dear! ♥

creationsnz said...

A super mancard Maxine! Men love those shapes and textures it seems to bring out the 'grunt' in them. CarolG

Leanne said...

This is a brilliant masculine card. Seen you comment on some blogs several times but today thought of taking a peek at your blog & am your newest follower now. Have a great weekend.

Shelly Schmidt said...

I am not so good with creating with gears- you have it nailed! Love the shimmer and texture- certainly a card a mechanic will greatly admire!

Fran said...

Maxine is a great masculine card. I love the gears!
Hugs, Fran

Shona Hamill said...

Fantastic card, thank you for sharing with us at Dream Valley Challenges. Shona xx

Bonnie Taylor said...

Wonderful masculine card. The gears and embossing are very cool. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion. We hope to see you again!
~ Bonnie DT

Jo Ann said...

Another awesome manly card, Maxine! The design on your inchies totally compliment the embossing. So delighted you linked your creation with us at Word Art Wednesday. I hope you join us again in our ongoing Challenge. I would love to encourage you with God's Word from 1 John 2:17 which says, "The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." Have a wonderful week and God bless!

JO ANN
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