Sunday 1 June 2014

Only Men Allowed 1 - Country View Crafts

One of the very special men in my life was my (step) Dad, I had known him through my teens but my Mum and he married the same year as Ken and I did and he gave me away at our wedding. Sadly we lost him 4 years ago, but I think of him often and have made this special little tribute to him for Father’s day.


I began by die-cutting and stamping and gathering most of the pieces that I thought I would use and then beginning to make up each individual part of the triptych.


The main part of each section was cut in chipboard using the cameo frame die and leaving off one of the rounded edges and I also cut the pediments to adhere to the top.


I cut six pieces of PaperArtsy paper to adhere to the front and back of the frames having painted the edges first with walnut stain distress paint.


I also covered the pediments with walnut stain distress paint and when dry I dipped them in pumice stone and black to give them a grungy feel. They even look a bit rusty too. I also cut three pediments in more PaperArtsy paper to adhere to the back of them.




I edited my photos in photoshop elements 12 and then started putting it all together. You can see I added some other bits that weren’t in my original line up, but Dad loved birds, when he left school he was sent to secretarial school by his mother and learnt to type, he was in the police force for most of his life hence the evidence word band and the pen and ink as he had to write his own reports, the arrow and the chevron diecut behind his photo, it just reminded me of his sergeant stripes for some reason, the compass represents him being in the Navy during the war. I added one small photo of Mum and Dad together at their favourite holiday destination – Swanage in Dorset.


I used hessian at the back to secure the three parts together and tied it up with some hessian ribbon which gives it rather a nice rustic feel to it and I added Tim’s ‘missing you’ sentiment as a tribute to this special man in my life for Father’s Day.

Stamps I used were from Mercantile, Nature Walk and Thankful Silhouettes.

Thanks for stopping by today and welcome to my new followers, it’s lovely to have you join me on my creative journey. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx