Monday, May 7, 2012

Dr. Demento

No doubt the strangest title for a crafting blog, but you’ll soon see why.  I’ve been out of the craft room for a bit, having loads of fun in the beautiful weather here in Knoxville – fishing with Jeff, going on a riverboat cruise on the Tennessee River, and hanging out with friends at lakeside barbeques.  I had some challenges that I would be fun to participate in, but also a special reason for crafting tonight – a card for my dad’s birthday!

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So this card started out based on the CASE Study Challenge #89.  I was inspired by the black and bright neon colors.  I wanted to do something different though, especially as (believe it or not) I was trying to make a masculine card.  I was going with the train set of stamps from Stampers Anonymous, and started placing the track criss-cross over my cardstock that I had colored in with Black Soot Distress Ink.  I embossed with several colors of Zing! and then I sat and stared at the card.  It looked cool, but kind of demented.

That is what made me think of my dad, because when I was little (kindergarten) I remember being asked, “Is a drawing of your dad?”  And I said, “No, that’s Dr. Demento”.  My mom used to sing those demented songs from when she was a kid that appeared on Dr. Demento’s radio show, like ‘One eyed one horned flying purple people eater’, and ‘They’re coming to take me away, ha-haa’.  For some reason I mentally connected my dad with Dr. Demento.  (Give me a break people, therapy is expensive and I don’t have insurance!)

Anyway, so after the tracks I white embossed the tag and the sticky back canvas.  The tag was inked with Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.  The canvas was sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  To throw on some white and balance things out, I stamped the railroad crossing symbol and a happy birthday sentiment from Hero Arts and popped them both up on foam dots for demented dimension.  Because it’s a birthday card, I’m also going to celebrate with Simon Says Stamp – their challenge blog turned 3!

Dad's Birthday Card 2012 (1)

A close-up of the criss-crossing embossed tracks

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Twine looped through the tag – love all the color!!

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A surprise on the inside of the card – a train from the same set, embossed and the train chassis is colored with dabs of Smooch Ink in Silver Fox.

So it’s not the most masculine card known to man, but I had fun making it and I hope my dad enjoys it.

Happy birthday Dad! <3