Sunday, 12 February 2012

What to do with a Topper...

Visiting the Belfast Craft Show last October, I had a mad moment and bought some Hunkydory toppers and months later I am still trying to decide what to do with them. Taking one of the toppers, I started by looking for matching distress ink colours, and after a while came up with this design for a "coming of age" birthday card:


Taking an A6 panel, the clock was stamped with white acrylic paint and dried with a heat tool. The panel was then decorated with distress inks using the wrinkle-free distress technique and splattered with water droplets before overstamping the clock using a "ghosting" technique with black acrylic ink (you take the stamp in hand, without an acrylic block, and just stamp part of the design). An A5 panel of white card was trimmed slightly then inked in matching colours. Both panels and the topper were matted onto black cardstock, then layered as shown.


A clock, hands and gears were die-cut from recycled cat food box, before dabbing with alcohol ink to colour. The gears and hands were layered and attached to the A6 panel with a screw-shaped brad.


When I asked Tom for a couple of washers he gave me a whole trayful, but I don't really think he expected me to use them all! They make great embellishments for this type of card. Finally, a couple of Hunkydory tickets were added and the Tim Holtz "time" sentiment stamped. I think this would make a great card for an 18th birthday.

Hunkydory "Bygone Times" topper & tickets
Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz dies: Gadget Gears, Weathered Clock
Distress Inks: Pumice Stone, Milled Lavender
Archival ink: Black
Acrylic paint: white
Adirondack alcohol ink: Gold mixative
A5 card blank
cardstock: black, white
screw brad
Pinflair dimensional glue
Glossy accents

Entered for the following challenges:
CES Challenges - lots of layers, 3 or more
Hotshot Craft - one for the boys
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes


  1. Wonderful card as always Maddy, I have a whole box of washers, thay are great for mens cards aren't they? Love Jayne. x x

  2. A wonderful boys card
    Thank you for joining us at HSC for our " boys" challenge

    Hugs Sarah x

    do check out the craft goodies in the shop

  3. Hi Maddy, have been having a wander around your blog - fantastic cards you make. This one is no exception, never would've thought of putting washers on a card! My embellishments (other than the usual) run to paper string and the odd screw cover!

    Thanks for popping over and visiting my blog as well,


  4. What a great idea, it looks great..xxxxx

  5. Super card, love the use of the washers. Thanks for the visit. :)

  6. Hi Maddy, This is a great mans card, love the use of washers for the embellishments. must remember that one.

  7. This is a fab 'male' card Maddy. Love the washers! Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly this week. Good luck!

  8. This card is superb Maddy. I love how you did the clock using the gears. Its turned out really well. Yes it would make a fabulous 18th Birthday card.....Arent I lucky to be turning 18 on Friday!! No? one believes that one? Aww well, it was worth a try, lol. Its just as well that I got my favourite card from you already then. Lee x

  9. FAbulous make!! Thanks for playing along with us at CES Challenges this week, Juliex


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