Friday, 30 July 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 29

The challenge at Bah! Humbug! this week is definitely not for the faint-hearted!  If you have an aversion to ripping or tearing your precious papers, then this may be a challenge too far - because we're asking you to feature 
Paper Tearing
As someone who rarely rips paper, (except in frustration!), I decided to opt for the 'controlled tear' by using a ruler specifically designed for the purpose of creating a torn edge.   Here are some examples of the different patterns available.
Having cut a piece of decorative paper, slightly smaller than the panel of silver mirri card I wanted to use, I then set to 'doing the dirty deed'.
Placing the ruler at an angle on top ... I lifted a corner of the paper between thumb and forefinger ... gritted my teeth ... squeezed my eyes shut ... and slowly pulled it towards myself.  I then altered the angle of the ruler and did it again ... and then again!
I have to say it was surprisingly good fun and nowhere near as traumatic as I'd imagined!
The edges were inked with Brilliance Dew Drop Ink - Pearl Orchid and then glued to the silver mirri mat, which was in turn, adhered to the front of an 8" x 8" white card blank.  The surplus card front was removed to create a cut-away card.
Using the new Swirly Tree embossing folder from Papermania with some silver mirri card, I ran it through the Cuttlebug and then added some sparkle by spreading 'Aqua', 'Cotton Candy' and 'Star Dust' Stickles onto the stars.  After cutting around it with decorative scissors, silicon glue was used to attach it to the card front and a pretty pink bow fills the gap at the bottom.
Inside I glued a narrow strip of snowflake paper to some silver mirri card leaving a narrow border and added a greeting with a brad to punched circles before placing it in the middle of the panel.  
A leftover square of snowflake embossed card from another project was torn along the diagonal and inked up to provide a touch of interest to the corners. 
Across at In 2 Crafting, the monthly challenge is Christmas In July so this will be my entry and if you'd also like to play along, the closing date isn't until 14th August.
The other Bah! Humbug! DT members have been busy ripping and tearing their papers too ... some with more enthusiasm than others it must be said! ... but all have achieved super results.  Pop over and have a look for yourself and if you're feeling brave enough, please join in with our challenge. While you're there, please don't forget to say 'Goodbye and Thank You' to Debs, who has been our amazing Guest Designer for July, providing us all with a Santa Sackload of fabulous inspiration throughout her stay.  We will all miss her dearly but hopefully she will continue to join us regularly for our remaing 2010 challenges.


Ann said...

This is just great Max - love your special tearing equipment and the way you have used it really shows off how clever you are.
That embossing folder is so cool too.
Ann xxx

Irene said...

Morning Max

Fabulous card, love the Christmas tree and your gorgeous papers.
Who's idea was it to tear paper !!!!


Claire said...

Fab card Max, I love the way you've used that torn pape, it looks amazing
claire xx

Aquarius said...

I love your controlled tearing which reminded me I have a similar ruler lurking somewhere but I went for free tearing this time.

Lynne said...

Your card is so pretty! I'm loving the pastel colours and that embossing folder looks absolutely beautiful :o) thanks so much for joining us at In2Crafting this month xx Lynne xx

Michelle said...

Hi Max
Great card, thank you for joining us at In2crafting.
Michelle DT Member @ In2crafting