This week's ColourQ combo (#358) is really eye-catching. It could have worked for various cards: something fresh and modern, a baby card, but I decided to go for a masculine card. I had put aside some single stamps we used to carry and the Extreme Dirt Bike stamp caught my eye. As much as I loved the Extreme Elements stamp collection, I don't think I had ever inked the biking image. If I remember correctly, I had gotten it for free during Sale-A-Bration right before it retired so mostly for lack of time, this one never got used. It was a great occasion to right this wrong, so I stamped the biker in Night of Navy twice (using the Stamp-a-ma-jig) to deepen the colour and leaving the SAMJ guide in place, I cleaned the stamp and reinked it in VersaMark, then overstamped the image in order to heat emboss it with clear powder. I sponge a bit of Cool Caribbean ink at the top to darken the sky, and used the same ink to stamp the cloud and the stars from the Extreme Elements stamp set.
The background cardstock was embossed with stars, and the poppy panel was stamped at the bottom with the wheel pattern from Rev Up the Fun!, then I embossed a dotty pattern at the bottom, and distressed the edges of the cardstock with my distressing tool. One of the sentiments from Rev Up the Fun! was used for the sentiment and embossed in navy powder on Brushed Silver cardstock. (I wouldn't be mad if Stampin' Up! ever brought those sheets of cardstock back - they were great!) A bit of twine and three eyelets were added as the finishing touch.
The design was inspired by the Viva la Verve September #2 Sketch.
Stamps: Extreme Elements, Extreme Dirt Bike, À fond! (Rev Up the Fun!)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Cool Caribbean, Brushed Silver
Ink: Night of Navy, Cool Caribbean, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, VersaMark
Accessories: Baker's Twine, Eyelets, Sponge, White Medium Envelope,
Embossing Folders (Lots of Stars from Taylored Expressions and Distressed Dots from Tim Holtz),
Stitchable Dots Circles Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder,
Navy Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig