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Monday, August 22, 2011

Guitar Pick Card with Tutorial

Hi Everyone!
My baby turned 26 on the 20th and I wanted to make him a special card instead of just pulling one from my huge stash. He has just recently decided that mom's cards are really cool! He even went and bought 2 copies of the latest CardMaker magazine that I was featured in. One to show and one to keep. Made my heart happy! :)
If you are a regular reader, you will know that Ranger Industries sent me a huge assortment of product to play with. I am LOVIN' it all! It worked great for my son's card!
Kurt loves to play guitar and I have already given him a guitar card a year or two ago so I wanted to do something different. There are some really cool guitar picks out there with marbling and sparkles so I decided I would try to make a pick card. 
I really didn't know how to go about it but I knew I had tons of Ranger Ink products that would work wonderfully. I had to think long and hard about how to get the writing on it and how to get the metallic swirl effect. I really think I came up with a new technique. I had a feeling it was going to turn out pretty cool so I took pictures along the way. 
So...here is my "Guitar Pick" card using my new "Faux Marble With Clear Transparency Paper" technique.
I think it would also look good on bowling ball and vase cards too.

This is a picture of the type of pick I used for my inspiration.
I used these Ranger Ink products plus some chipboard, clear transparency paper, and a laser printer.

First I created the writing for the front of the pick in Adobe Illustrator, then flipped it so it would be mirror image. That way, the printing and paint would be on the bottom side of the transparency paper and  protected form wear and tear.
I used some Blank Canvas Studio Acrylic Paint to fill in the letters and stars.

I cut a pick shape out of chipboard approximately 4"x5" and covered it with 2 coats of Studio Black Gesso on the front and about 1/2" around the back edge.

After allowing the gesso to dry a few minutes, I sprayed the entire pick with Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti, then used assorted Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders to draw on some random lines. I used the mist on the paint brush to help me pick up the powders.

After allowing the Perfect Pearls Mist some drying time, I brushed on some Black Diamond Stickles. (I think next time, I won't brush it on but just squeeze it on because it loosened up my Perfect Pearls and moved it around quite a bit). I then squeezed on some Lagoon Stickles squiggly lines.

I didn't stop to take a picture of the next step because I was afraid it would dry too much while I did it. ;)
I squeezed out a generous amount of Glossy Accents in a spiral over the entire pick then quickly placed the transparency paper over the top. I used my hands to work the air bubbles out by rubbing from the center out. You never will know what your final project will look like because the Glossy Accents moistens and moves the Perfect Pearls and Stickles! I love surprises...don't you?  :)

Let it dry for several hours then trim off the extra transparency.
I finished off the back by printing a computer generated sentiment on Brilliant White cardstock form Discount Cardstock and sponging the edges with Aquamarine Archival Ink. I then made a stand out of scraps of the chipboard and more Black Gesso.

I have to tell you that my son LOVED it!
If you have a guitar star in your life, and would like to make a similar card, pop me a quick comment below and EMAIL ME and I'll send you the file for the wording on the front. 
My gift to you! :)

Thanks for dropping by! I would love to hear what you think about my technique and/or card.

True :D


CheckerBeads said...

That is fabulous! Thanks for all the details.


Toni K said...

Awesome card! I know my son would love it too.

Maryann said...

WOUW this is so cool. My son was just here and saw it too, and he was over the hill about it too, and asked me to make him one of this kind too for one of his friends, who´s also playing guitar and was turning 30, so this was really perfect and as special as he would like it, so hope you don´tr mind me lift your idea here? LOL.

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this turned out terrific. I just love the swirly look. I'll bet he loved it. TFS.

Kathy D. said...

so does the card open or the sentiment just on the back? And what size did you make this? Again, another piece of amazing creative work.

Tanya said...

Wow, totally cool! ;)

POSH said...

Wot a WOWWWWW card!!! I too have a monster guitar plyaing kid and husband who wud just luv receiving this card...could u please send me the file at: poshcreationz@yahoo.com

Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Merry said...

This is so amazing.....I can totally see why your son loved this card. I must say you certainly do not look old enough to have a 26yo son.

Colleen Martynowski said...

Awesome card.
I was looking for a card for my guitar playing son and came across your card. Love it!
Can you please send me the file at:

Colleen Martynowski

Colleen Martynowski said...

Awesome card!

I was looking for a card for my gutar playing son when I saw your card. Love It!
can you you please send me the file at:martyn793@aol.com.