I thought this card would be a fun follow-up to the last card I shared since it also features the new Tim Holtz Gears Texture Fade.
For this card, I used my eclips and Stamp2Cut to cut an intricate window in the front of my card. To do this, I placed my blank card front on my eclips cutting mat and set it to cut the outline of the Gears Blueprint image. After cutting, I embossed the front of the card using the Gears Texture Fade.
I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to the front of the card. After drying the stain, I accented the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
I stamped several copies of the image on white cardstock. I cut out multiples using the eclips and Stamp2Cut so that I could layer the images to make them look more dimensional. I used a water brush to paint the gear pieces with the three colors of metallic Distress Stain. After drying the images I used an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Stain to the edges. I adhered the stamped gears to the inside of the card, lining up the images with the cut out outline on the front of the card so that when closed, the image inside would show through and match up.
I cut a piece of clear shrink plastic to the same size as my card front. I applied a thin strip of Wonder Tape around the edges of the card front on the inside of the card to hold the plastic in place.
I added mini brads (love that these look like little screws) through some of the gears embossed on the card. I inserted the brads through the cover and plastic. The flattened brads helped to hold the plastic down through the center of the card.
I also added several metal gear embellishments to the plastic that matched up with the stamped image on the inside of the card.
I used both the original and newer mini gears from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.
For the front of the card, I stamped a sentiment on a piece of manila cardstock that I stained with Antique Linen Distress Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used an edge tool to make the edges rough. I adhered the piece of the cover and added a mini paper clip to edge.
I love that this card looks kind of complicated even though it was simple to create! Thanks to the eclips, I had super detailed cuts in no time at all. My favorite touch is the window with the floating elements. I think it is a wow kind of thing that would make a big impact on any card.