Our very own Marie (momof5sons) has given us a fun story and lovely destination - Marie's uncle Lloyd Wilson. The Teapotters have been asked to get the hayride back on track!!
One of mums five sons jumped on his pushbike and hurried over to his great-uncle Lloyds farm as he remembers seeing a broken down old tractor last summer when he was there with two of mums others sons. Here he is leaning on the fence and scratching his head to trying to work out how to get the tractor out of the boggy ground. The tractor is in such a bad state of repair, even the rubber is perishing on the tyres.
This was heaps of fun to make, all the colouring was done with distress inks. I started by smacking a Faded Jeans distress ink pad onto a sheet of aluminium foil, squirted a tiny bit of water in one corner and using an aqua pen, coloured his overalls and hat. There was still a lot of ink on the foil so I squirted on heaps of water, then using a foam blending tool, I moped up the blue inky water and lightly swished it over a precut piece of cardstock to colour the sky. I lightly spritzed some water on the sky to give a dappled and cloudy effect.
The tractor and the base for the grass was coloured in the same method using Peeled Paint distress ink. I also used Walnut Stain distress ink on the tool belt, tractor and on the grassy area. Using coloured pencils I covered the green ink to look more like grass.
To make the tractor tyre look old and flaking, I first coloured it with black ink then I applied lots of Helmar 450 quick dry adhesive, just as it was almost dry, I pulled little bits of the glue off.
I fussy cut the tractor and stuck it on the background, it was at the point that I realised the card was too big. I tried to unstick the tractor...bad mistake, the grassy section ripped. I had spent half an hour doing the grass so I wasn't giving up without a fight. I continued to tear the card right across, then removed the middle section to make it smaller. I made it look straggly and purposely put it over the tractor tyre to look like it was bogged.
I fussy cut Maries son (so to speak) added half a bike, made a few little signs, doodled a border, inked the edges with Walnut Stain, mounted it on a white cardbase and now this card is on its way to New Jersey.
Thanks for a fun challenge Marie and thank you for looking ladies.
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 GMT Views: 1179
Registered: October 3, 2009 Location: In a state of grace Posts: 10916
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 8:23 PM
Susie dear - I'm not sure whether I treasure the look of your cards or the hilarious descriptions of your card making adventure...either way, both turn out perfectly! I love your sweet young man (yes, he could be my son!) and his wonderful tool belt and bicycle. Your stuck in the much tractor couldn't be a better substitute for that hayride. Uncle Lloyd will just love this! Thank you so very much for coming to his Teaparty...I put out extra tractor cookies just for you! Big hugz from New Jersey, my friend.
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Registered: March 7, 2009 Location: Where the corn is knee high by the 4th of July Posts: 17554
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 9:59 PM
FABULOUS card for Marie's Uncle Lloyd! Sweet little "fix it" boy with his big tool belt, trying to figure out how to get the ol' tractor running. Isn't it cool when boo-boos lead to fun, new techniques that you want to do on purpose again? The tractor is awesome all the way down to the little bird on the wheel. Your coloring, design detail and stories and always terrific. Your funny craft happenings are always so funny and memorable, too. You have such a talent, Sweet Susie! :D
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22612
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 4:22 PM
I'll never tire of seeing how brilliantly you layer all your elements to create these wonderful scenes! Your tenacity paid off! Thanks again for the humor in all your descriptions! That little guy is wonderful with your signature scars! How fun this is!
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 8943
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 6:57 PM
Your goofs always result in the most awesome cards, Susie. The torn grass turned out fantastic. The worn tire from glue is just so creative. They need to have a new reality show...each week they will stick you in an exotic setting (that seems to be part of most reality shows) and they will give you 5 really weird items for you to turn into one of your tertific cards. Right into my favs.