Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Grandpa Cabinet Card

I found a packet of these recently and they reminded me of Tim’s cabinet cards in shape and I could see the potential of making my own.
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I began by blending walnut stain DI over, splashing with water and creating those gorgeous splatters and stamping one of the stamps from  ultimate grunge set.
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I added texture with coloured up grunge paste through a harlequin mask.
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When embellished and a photo of my Grandpa John Albert Victor Axon (aka Bert) added it looked like this…..
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The key was die-cut using a designer paper scrap, inked and covered in rock candy distress crackle paint, a bulb charm dabbed with metallic distress paints, a wooden corner inked and I added a small stamped bee found in my box of bits.
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Here I used more metallic distress paints on the metal cogs, an embossed B and my favourite bit was adding small photos from one of the Tim Holtz paper pads to a piece of film strip, I think they are so cute.
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A piece of black die-cut with Tim’s vintage lace border die and the piece of paper added at the bottom from the French Industrial paper stash.
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I’m not sure what Grandpa’s jobs were through his life but I think he tried his hand at many things. When the children were small (my Mum and her brothers and sisters) they all lived in North London. Anyone else out there have an Axon in the family, it’s an unusual name.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and read my posts and for all the lovely comments I get, I so appreciate them all.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x

41 comments:

Jane said...

This is gorgeous Brenda. How well you have captured the vintage feel of your dear Grandpa's photo. The elements are perfect and the flim strip finished everything off so well. These old photos are wonderful aren't they and now that we can copy/scan we can use them without harming the originals. I wonder what is going to happen in the future though...all our photots are digital and unless we print them out will be lost with our computers? X

Buttons said...

My goodness what a transformation! We jumped from a fairly plain card to a magnificent frame beautifully stencilled/inked and perfectly embellished. Love the filmstrip too. Bet Grandad would be thrilled with this. Hugs, Jenny x

debby4000 said...

Your card enhances the photo beautifully and all the bits and pieces are perfect.
luv
Debby

Paula Whittaker said...

How clever and looks fab!

Rita said...

Good Morning Brenda. Do you know I found a pack of these very cards whilst clearing out yesterday. You have certainly made them into something very special. I love what you've done, and I'm sure Grandpa would be very pleased too. Counting days now till we meet. Hugs Rita xxx

Sophie said...

WOW!!!
Brenda, mir fehlen die Worte.
Das ist sowas von toll!
Es haut mich einfach um :-)

Eine fantastische Karte, Wahnsinn.

Liebe Grüße von Sophie xx

Nancy Wethington said...

Love this! You did a fabulous job. Where did you find the cabinet card - or better yet, what brand is it please. Must have some :)

Deborah said...

Those card blanks are the sort I usually dismiss as not my thing. BUT I love what you've done with one. A fitting frame for your Grandpa!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful! Terrific use of those 'cabinet cards' from your stash, and love the choice of embellishments. Perfect!

Lucy x

Karen Petitt said...

Absolutely fabulous! Great inking and wonderful details - thanks for sharing hugs Karen

augcott said...

Oh My Goodness!
I Oooooo-ed and Aaaaaa-ed through your whole post!
What a fantastic card and I've got a stack of those "cabinet cards" so thanks for putting some ideas in my head!!!!
Diane

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what an AMAZING piece Brenda! WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!

Von said...

You clever clogs Brenda I have some lurking from my cross stitching days :) love love love it !
Von ♥

Redanne said...

Oh, I have some of these stashed away too...... what a fabulous transformation Brenda! Love the colours, the stamping, the fabulous embellies and the wonderful photo of your Grandpa. Hugs, Anne x

Sue C said...

Fabulous card Brenda, love the rusted key. The sepia tones are perfect for your Grandpa's photo. Sue C x

Daniele said...

so loving this wonderful card, love the mini film strip and the distressed lightbulb charm is so darn sweet....you clever gal you.....
hugs

Joan said...

Wow Brenda this is fabulous! Love the vintage look of it, can you believe I just gave several packs of these away in my last clear out, just he's to she you should never,ever get rid f anything!
Joan

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Yeah, this is gorgeous, Brenda

catherine said...

This is just amazing Brenda and just love everything about it
x catherine

Annie said...

Stunning make Brenda. Gorgeous photograph and I love all the layers/embellishments you have used.

Looking forward to meeting up with you too and of course Tim and Mario

Crafty hugs Annie x

Margreet said...

Wow, Brenda, you made a real piece of art out of a simple blank card...it is wonderful and I love the photo of your grandfather!
xxx Margreet

Sue Butler said...

Hello Brenda
I think many of us have a stash of these cards in a drawer, you have inspired us to think laterally with this gorgeous Vintage creation, I love the way you have changed up the card.
Smiles :)
Sue

PetraB said...

Absolutely fabulous, the transformation of this plain card is terrific.

2amscrapper said...

love the little details!

Gram's Treasures said...

Good show! You've done a wonderful job of creating a lovely frame for this vintage photo.
Joyce xx

Glennis said...

I love what you have done with this card - what a brilliant idea, really suits the photo too

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a wonderful card - great vintage feeling.

Margie said...

Well Brenda, this just goes to show what something plain and simple can be turned into in the hands of an artist! Love the finished article. Margie x

Meggymay said...

A brilliant idea, I have a few of this type of card in a box, long forgotten. Fantastic details and a super family photo.
Yvonne x

Nan G said...

An absolutely fab cabinet card! Love your distressing, texture and that metal lightbulb!

Terry said...

Brenda, this takes my breath away in so many ways! Love the vintage feel and the photo of your Grandpa is truly priceless! Beautiful card and look at you finding a perfect light bulb charm! Love this. Hugs!

Sandy said...

What else can I say that hasn't been said - It is a wonderful piece of art work and you have arranged everything so well! Bravo!!
Sandy

Tincan Crafter said...

This is so cool. Axon is a lovely unuusual name. I love that you showed the blank card first and then the embellished one because it really demonstrates your incredible stamping brilliance. My favourite things that you have done on here are the hard rock candy and distress painted key and the tiny pictures that look like mini polaroids behind the filmstrip. THe actual photo of your gramps is really cool as well.

Irene said...

You are an inspiration Brenda, this is just perfect, from something so basic you have created a stunning project. So sorry I missed your Butterfly box class, any chance you will be repeating it.
Irene xx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy moly, this is seriously sensational! What a fantastic vintage transformation. Absolutely brilliant piece of work, Brenda! And you have inspired me to get into my craft room and get going a a project.

Hugs,
Linda

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulously inspired use of the aperture card!!! I've got loads so thank you. All the individual embellishments work so well and I love the background - just fab! Jennie x

inkypinkycraft said...

Absolutely brilliant , again, your pieces are so fab and very inspiring! hugs trace x

Marjie Kemper said...

Wonderful! I'm really loving how you did the filmstrip with the minis along the left side.

Fandhmum said...

Hi Brenda, I love this, the elements are gorgeous,
Rosie x

Anita Houston said...

This is so awesome! I love the alteration to this frame...every stamp, all the vintagey colors of ink, the embellies all rusted and yummy! Gorgeous work!

butterfly said...

What a fantastic vintage piece - from the wonderful photo of your Grandpa, to all that detailed embellishing and fab background texture and stamping... and, yes, the little film strip may be my favourite bit too!!
Alison x