Thursday, July 8, 2010

Shiny Things

There's a little bit of wisdom shed by Grandpa in my favorite book, Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls, regarding aluminum foil. He says that raccoons adore anything shiny, that they'll lock their little paws around the item and never let it go. Shiny things are irresistible to me as well and I seem to keep them for a while...I sure like the way my wedding diamond still sparkles in the light...

Everything but the Kitchen Sink has an awesome Around the House Challenge to use Aluminum Foil. While searching for ideas on Google (literally typed in "shiny things") I came across an image of a tool chest. It then popped into my head to use the bolt stamp image which is a perfect go-to stamp for masculine cards. After stamping the image with permanent ink on the foil, I highlighted some of the threads with a white gel pen, cut them out and adhered two direct to the card base and the third to a scratch piece of cardstock which was then adhered with foam adhesive for dimension. Foil offers a different look to a card, but wow, is it ever difficult to photograph!


Supplies Used: Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink (White) Georgia Pacific Stamps: (Bolts from You're the Man) Practicing Creativity Designs (Sentiment from Communique) Papertrey Ink Ink: (Jet Black) Stazon Other: (Metal Beads) Mark Richards (White Gel Pen) Signo Aluminum Foil

39 comments:

  1. Wow, I am so impressed. I have just brain stormed a tin foil idea over here, but it's no where as cool as this one! Love the bling under the sentiment.

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  2. Holy Toledo. You are SOOOOOO amazing! Your creatity is pure genious. I'm sensing winner here!!! :)

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  3. You are full of creativity! Throw you a challenge and you'll do it with a snap! I just adore your work, Karen!!

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  4. As always Karen, this is splendid! Such a simple but thoughtful concept, beautifully executed!

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  5. wow, Karen! The more I look at this the more I think, wow!

    I love the little silver brads as well! :)

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  6. fantastic idea to use the foil with the stamps! wow! so cool and fun! LOVE IT!

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  7. So creative, Karen. Love this design!

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  8. seriously, this has winner written all of it!!! I love this...

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  9. I LOVE this card! I've been kicking around the aluminum foil challenge in my head but have yet to come up with anything. For me it's just TOO shiny. You found a way to really make that shine work by breaking it up with the stamp. INGENIOUS! You are my #1-think-outside-the-box blog buddy!

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  10. WOW! This is so interesting and gorgeous, almost like a "trompe-l'oeil"
    Love it Karen!

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  11. wow.. this is brilliant! Love the shine of the bolts! Perfect masculine card!

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  12. I am always impressed by your creativity! What an original way to use aluminum foil!

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  13. Karen, you are so creative!
    This looks fabulous! I love how you incorporated the foil!

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  14. This is fabulous, Karen! Love the shiny bolts ... and the white gel pen is genius! This is THE prefect masculine card!

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  15. VERY COOL!! Love the shiny tools (screws)!

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  16. Great idea girl! I had a hard time with the foil too :) Let alone photographing it! I hope you can play along this week! I was just thinking that I need to send u a comment to see what you were up to :)

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  17. Absolutely brilliant use of the stamp and the foil!! I've learned so much about stamping from you, Karen - thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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  18. LOL My 11 year old seems to be having trouble keeping his paws off shiny things too, just like a raccoon!
    This set was MADE for that challenge, and you are awesome.

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  19. Wow! This is awesome! Love it :)

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  20. Super fun card Karen! Love shiny things too.

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  21. Oooh, those bolts look awesome! Super creative idea!

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  22. fabulous card. I would of never thought of the tin foil idea.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  23. So unique! I love it! Thanks for playing with us in the EBTKS challenge! :)

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  24. Another amazing card, Karen! You really do think outside the box!!!

    I love your comment that it was hard to photograph - I feel that way about most of my work! But, anyway - you managed it because it looks terrific!

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  25. Awesome Karen! Love this. Very unique! :) :) :) :) :) have a great weekend!!!

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  26. Wow! Karen, this is awesome! Great card!

    You're right, shiny things are so hard to photograph but you did it beautifully!

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  27. This is just wonderful, Karen! Love your use of the foil!!

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  28. What a clever use of the foil!!! Love how it turned out!

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  29. Impressive! I love this. You are so creative. This is the perfect masculine card.

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  30. awesome idea, and fabulous execution! you rocked this challenge Karen! :D

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  31. Amazing card! Fantastic idea, it turned out great. Especially the white highlights!

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  32. this is one impressive card, karen! love how your mind works, karen! happy weekend!

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  33. Really, really clever, I am impressed with your inventiveness. Your card looks fabulous.

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  34. Hi Karen!
    Love the card!
    And thank you for leaving the comment for me over on the Paper Crafts blog today. :)

    Teri

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  35. Okay...this is quite fantastic! Awesome idea with the tinfoil. I like shiny things too.... especially bling.

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  36. I'm doing some catching up today and finally got to your blog... this card with the foil bolts is ingenious. In the photo they look like they could be actual bolts -- the perfect image to use with foil. Don't know if the winner's been chosen yet or not, but you certainly deserve it!

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