But, a special occasion is as good as any to pull my finger out and create something. I played with all sorts of papers and suddenly it dawned on me - less is more. Taking it from the complex, to a more simple design had it all fall into place rather quickly. Not sure if that's the KISS theory, or my skills. Either way, I'm happy with the way this card turned out and have made my father swear to give me back the key before he throws the card. Mum is adamant the card won't be thrown out (a fellow novice card maker)
My father's day card:
Close up of that key!
(do you sense another trend... vintage and keys??)
and, the cogs. It's so difficult to create a masculine card...I think this is a success. I used brads from my stash which I bashed with my tim holtz hammer to give an aged look. The other buttons are ... I don't know what they're called... stud rivet thingies? anyway, the important thing here is they make the cog ROTATE. ha, that's right, the 2 biggest cogs can spin around! woot!