Saturday 19 April 2014

Wood-grain Congrats....for Dynamic Duos #99

{guitar softly strumming in the background}
Good Saturday morning, crafty friends!

It's Black Tie week at the Dynamic Duos Two-Color Challenge:
 Dramatic colours, huh?

A couple of weeks ago my middle son had his senior recital, the final hurdle/event for his Bachelor's of Music degree. He studies Classical Guitar. The concert was awesome. And a graduation card will be needed shortly!
I've been enjoying Christine Drogt's video tutorials. She is on the Neat & Tangled design team and recently came up with this beauty: 
 That wood-grain background was done entirely with ink-pads (plus a little definition added with a marker). Amazing, eh?

So I used the challenge colours to create my wood-grain piece, then turned it into a card by CASEing some guitar images found on Pinterest (here's a link to Ruth's blog).
Here's my version:
I used real wire for the strings, which were a little difficult to stretch straight . My son reminded me that the finger-board should have frets, so those were added afterwards with a gold pen. I think I would dry-emboss them next time. The guitar pick adds the "dessert option" of gold-embossing.
He thought it was a pretty cool card, and asked me to make another one as a "thank-you" to his guitar teacher.

Check out what the Dynamic Duos designers have been up to! Some pretty amazing projects over on the challenge blog.

Hope you are inspired to join us this week! The challenge runs through Thursday at noon.
Happy crafting,
Cardstock: Cashmere (CTMH) and Black (Wausau Paper); Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Ink: Powdered Sugar (white pigment ink--The Stamps of Life); Vineyard Berry and Black (CTMH); Versamark; gold gel pen (Signo-Uniball).
Embossing powder: Pearlustre Champagne (Stampendous)
Gold-tone brads and wire--the stash.
Cutting dies: Large circles and Labels #2 (Nestabilities)


  1. This is so cool! I love the multicolored wood look, and the guitar part, seriously, this is fantastic!

  2. Caroline, you always leave me such nice comments. Thank you. You really don't know how much it means to me. :) And are you kidding me? Your card rocks!!! And I see you started a new board regarding guitars on pinterest. You always make such fun cards!!! Love that pick...the perfect touch!

  3. Great card! Love the wood grain and will have to check out the tutorial!

  4. Great card! Thanks for your message and thanks for sharing:)

  5. Wow, what a great guitar with awesome colors! So creative and different! Thanks for your feedback -- this totally makes my day! :)

    Hugs and happy easter

  6. Wow--so creative! This is wonderful--especially since your son love it!

  7. Caroline this turned out so cool. Thanks for popping in to say hi, I haven't been so good about making the rounds lately.

  8. How creative is that guitar. Wow! The wood grain and all the details really put this card over the top. Great job! And the young man that received it likes it too, well good one MOM.

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  10. Caroline, Congrats to your son- wow- Classical Guitar- what an accomplishment! My oldest plays guitar and just hearing a few strums of his guitar makes me so very happy. I can imagine how amazed and proud you are of him. Your card is fabulous- the pick is awesome. His guitar teacher will be amazed. I love the technique you used!

  11. This card is stinking AWESOME. Congratulations to your son!

  12. This is wonderful!! Love the woodgrain, the guitar strings, fret, opick- well just all of it!! Congrats on your son's accomplishment and I am sure that his teacher will be thrilled!

  13. This is a wonderful card; the wood grain, the strings, the sweet little pick are all so clever. My husband is a guitarist and I am always at a loss for ideas when making cards for him, so I will tuck this idea away. I smiled when I read your profile, barbie doll clothes, crafts from childhood, that was me too!
    Heather T


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