Wednesday, August 17, 2011

GC115: Tribute To Teens

First...HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!! It's a bit early but here's your card...

My nephew turns 15 next week, so Gingersnap Creations TRIBUTE TO TEENS had perfect timing! I think I find teen cards harder to do than masculine cards. Their interests in life are gelling which helps, but it's hard to do "full" adult. Adam got a new guitar this year and is becoming quite the rocker (yeah Adam!!) So, when this rocker boy image was retiring from Stampin' Up! I had to have it.

Gingersnap Creations is also focusing on using child playthings in our art...crayons, clay, etc. All good stuff...but I never had kids so I don't have much of that laying around the house. :( In the quest for this card background I tried the following:

1) I bought mold-making clay - I was going to use a stamp to make a 3D guitar embellishment. That didn't work out because I bought the wrong modeling (mold making) clay and I didn't get the guitar stamp in time.
2) I tried to do an encaustic (paint with hot wax) technique with crayons & an iron. All I had was glitter crayons, and the end result was muddy background. I think I'd have better luck with a travel iron.
3) So...I decided to move to a marble background. GREAT! Except I didn't have any ROUND marbles (only the flattened ones). BUT, I did find some large wood beads. And so my red and black background was created with those. You can find the technique here on SplitCoast Stampers.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! EXTREME GUITAR, Inkadinkado SQUARES, Amuse Artstamps sentiment.
Ink: Archival Black
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Real Red & Basic Black re-inkers, wood beads, plastic box, red eyelets, black/white baker's twine, and Black Diamond Stickles

I hope you let your inner child out to play! Please join in the challenge at Gingersnap Creations!!


  1. That rocks and reminds me on my guitar playing son.

  2. I think this card is perfect for a teen. I love the colors and your background is fabulous.

  3. This is a great teen card - love those bold colors!

  4. Fun and funky! Terrifically teen!