Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dad's Christmas Present

My Dad's Christmas Gift had a western theme.  I think if he'd had to choose, my Dad would have been born a cowboy!  When Stampin' Up! came out with the Bronc Buster stamp set, I just had to get it so that I could make stuff for my Dad!  Since I was giving my Mom a notecard set, and I didn't have time to come up with a completely different idea, I made my Dad a notecard set.  The notecards are cut out with Tim Holtz's Baroque Sizzix die.  I swiped my Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad directly onto the paper around the edges of the shape.  This is something that I particularly like about Distress Ink Pads as my other brands of ink pads don't leave quite the same effect.  I made the box similar to my Mom's.  I made a simple box for each component, and then a box to put them all in. 

As I thought about my Dad, I kept thinking about camp fires.  He loves a good fire (although he is extremely careful with them).  So I wanted to incorporate that on the box.  So I cut a couple of wavy pieces of paper to use as a mask and sponged several different yellows and oranges onto the paper.  I wasn't sure it would turn out, but I think the result is fantastic!  In the corner is one of the images from the Bronc Buster stamp set, embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I rubbed the Vintage Photo Ink Pad directly onto the paper and then lightly spritzed the image with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz to give it just the slightest hint of shimmer.  I wanted it to look a bit like a belt buckle.  I then added several strips of hemp twine to hold the ribbon slid in place.

Oh!  I almost forgot!  I also cut a small piece of paper and rolled it up into an RSVP pen so that he had a matching pen.  I really don't know where the patterned paper is from.  It's been in my stash for years!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

Curt in Carmel said...

Your project is absolutely beautiful! I am so blown away by your "campfire". I agree with you, it is fantastic. I've not seen anything like it. You really should do a tutorial on that. It is stunning. Best, Curt


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