Happy Father's Day!! I've always had such a hard time making masculine cards, until I found steampunk! This is my Dad's Father's Day card and I thought I'd share it. It's a Z-fold design and I attached 2 square panels, 1 on the Z-fold, and the other on the back. Both panels start with a cool text background I'm finding so very useful from Rogue Redhead Designs - it's from Relish Reading and I've been using it to create a tone on tone piece - ink the paper first with Tea Dye DI and a blending tool, then stamp the text stamp over that also using Tea Dye DI. Love the subtle text background that creates. The other part that was fun was to alter my chipboard diecut gears to make them look like metal, but still keep them light and mailable. I finally found the video link to the process I ran across awhile ago from the Red Lead Paperworks blog using Krylon pens, sandpaper and distress stains. Here's the link to their youtube video.
On the inside square panel, I used the same background technique, then added a diecut stamped with my sentiment from Bits and Pieces also from RRD - such a versatile sentiment set! For the back of the card (or I suppose, the inside depending on how you look at it) I ran just that part through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then highlighted the raised areas with metallic rub ons. Image: Collage Visions