Thursday, September 18, 2014

I dig you: cogs

Hi there Smiley friends!

I'm here with a fun card today that I made using the brand new Whimsical Wheels stamp set, and some of the fantastically beautiful Wyancinka chipboard gear/cogs.

I was looking at all the beautiful Wycinanka products and trying to imagine what would work with the digger stamp-I love looking at product and trying to think of a different way to use them. How about you? Do you find it easy or hard to come up with alternative uses for stamps and embellishments?

I thought the cogs would make an interesting 'pile of rocks' for a card using the digger stamp, so I set about transforming the chipboard :)

First I took my new MFT MIXables Diagonal stripes stencil, and swiped some ink onto some white cardstock I'd cut to size. I chose really boy-friendly colours, using Memento Dewdrops as my ink.
What colours do you like to use for masculine-themed cards? I always have trouble choosing colours that don't end up too dark. However, I'm happy with this bright orange and the blue--do you have a favourite masculine colour combination? I'd love to hear from you! I need to add to my idea-bank :)

Once I was happy with the pattern I'd created, I took an orange and brown ink, and daubed colour onto the gears/cogs. I made sure to have a good spread of both colours.

Next I adhered the gears down to the cardbase and added my copic-coloured digger image from Whimsical Wheels.

I carefully mounted the sentiment so that it fit the curve of the cogs. I stamped the YOU out one letter at a time, so the curve was right.

Lastly I added some enamel dots and then mounted the entire thing to some orange cardstock from Bazzill!

I really love how this turned out! The Wycinanka chipboard elements are SO cool and I can't wait to get more :)

What other elements do you think might have made a good 'pile' for me to use? I thought maybe a heat embossed area of dark embossing powder maybe? Or perhaps some ribbon crushed up to create a small mound or pile? What do you think? Do the cogs work?

I'd love to hear your ideas--I'm sure one or all of you will inspire my next card!

See you again soon!



  1. This is cool! I like the shaded strips :) and the fab concept to use the cute stamp !

  2. Love how you used the diagonal stripe stencil (I have it in my stash, too), and having the digger climb that pile of gears is awesome! Kind of steam-punk and "Terminator" all at the same time!

  3. What a super fun card...LOVE it.