My cousin Matt is really good at it; this was inspired by him (he's an artist who specializes in pencil sketching and has a gorgeous style that's a mix of graffiti, anime, & fantasy). I lived with him & his family in my 20s and I remember fondly the cool skate ramps he built (while I nagged him to wear a helmet.) :O)
I was a skate Betty wannabe, but my skateboarding career consisted of going down the massive hill on our street on my skateboard (sitting on my scrawny little butt) and landing on that butt when I fell off at high speeds. How times have changed! I should try it now that I'm well-padded, hehehe ;o) but I'll stick to the safety of cards with skateboards on 'em, thanks!
1...tool talk Magnets
2...new nifty stamp (to me) Skater Ian & a BIG sale at Paper Garden Projects
3...make interactive Skater Ian (& his wee shoelaces)
4...camouflage big magnets
5...create a half pipe & some scenery
6...emboss graffiti (font) & make a brick wall
I've been flipping out that this action actually worked! Never ever had so much fun with a card. It was as easy as any old card, but it's a cinch to make interactive. The image is just stuck on a magnet & then there's a free-floating magnet on the back (not attached in any way.)
The fun part is that it can be played with two ways:
- pose-able: the magnets let you position the dude anywhere you want
- OR play-able you can move the magnet around inside the card to make him skate!
Ian's skate repertoire might vary with the type of magnets you use...He even flipped on his head with the magnets I used (stolen from fridge magnets.) Sometimes he wipes out (falls off the card) but even that was fun (yup I'm 5 years old at heart.)
- Skater Ian Stamp
- Neenah White Cardstock
- Black ink & clear embossing powder
- Embroidery thread
- Paper piercer
- Tombow Monomulti
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Stamp & Colour Skater Ian. This kewl dude was embossed & coloured with Copics markers. (If you've been wanting to get some, they're all on sale at Paper Garden projects HERE.)
Face & arms E-00 Skin white (faded out a lot with a colourless blender) T-shirt: Frost Blue B00 & Warm Gray no1 & a colourless blender. Pants & shoes: BG-15 Aqua & B-16 Cyanine blue G14 Apple Green, Cadmium Yellow Y15 Hat: Cool Gray no7 on a colourless blender shaded with black Hair: E-44 Clay, E-49 Dark Bark, R-29 Lipstick Red, Cadmium Yellow Y15 Shading Putty YG-91 Copic.
...to add shoe laces:
Step 1) Thread laces through image:
A) thread needle with embroidery thread
B) pierce hole in each shoe
C) put needle through to back
Step 2) Snip thread from needle
Step 3) Adhere snipped ends of thread to back of image
Step 4) Tie shoe laces in knot ...I tried a bow, that was just crazy! The knot works if you're feelin' lazy. hehehe
Step 5) Trim Ian's shoe laces (don't want him to wipe out!) ;o)
If your magnet is bigger than your image, adhere magnet to patterned paper & trim. Stick it pattern side down to the back of you image:
...then any part that sticks out behind your image can have a matching pattern.
- Patterned paper Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 pack
- Any oval/circle shape to trace (or cutters)
- black Queen & co brads.
- metal mesh (fence) from dollar store
- bushes & grass: scraps of basic grey paper (COL-384 Believe "colour me Silly)
- berries are knots of turquoise embroidery thread
Step 1) Trace any oval/circle shape (or use a cutter.) I traced the bottom half of a Creative Memories oval cutter.
Too cool that this paper (Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 pack) has papers that work well for boy cards, but they pages still have such classy patterns.
Step 2) Trim along top of the half-pipe...where you want it to be (paper cutter can be nice & straight, of course,)
Step 3) Cut along the curve (if you traced a shape) :O)
Step 4) Embellish however you like. I added brads (a strip of cardstock cut from the stripey paper in the Ambrosia 6x6 pack and 10 black Queen & co brads.)
...make embossed graffiti, yo.
Isn't it great that you can use a zillion free fonts? These Graffiti Fonts are wicked sweet. (I used Bored School Boy here. It's got room for lots of colour!) ;o) After Matt visited us last time, I was saying "yo" for weeks. For real, yo. ;o)
Quartz Stardream Cardstock (from Paper Temptress- whole line is 20% off for May!)
Black ink & clear embossing powder
Markers (Copics & water-based)
Step 1) Print & emboss graffiti font, yo. ;o)
Step 2) Colour (this is a blend of copic & water-based markers)
Step 3) Cut a wall shape around the sentiment
Step 4) Sketch in a brick wall (Copic-warm grey no1)
Step 5) Shade the bricks (Copic-Cool Gray no7 on colourless blender pen)
Thanks for letting me pretend I'm cool
(my young siblings tell me cool people don't say cool ROFL)
(today the ol' blog should be called: Mel is a geek but wants to be a Betty)