Off The Clock

For all those hard working individuals out there who are one the eve of their retirement- this card's for you! I made this card last week when I was stocking up on retirement cards for my box at work. Remember way back when companies gave their retirees pocket watches? That's where I was going with this one. I used Papa's Pocket - so sad that set is retired now : ( It really is perfect for this sort of card.

The card is 6 inches when finished with all the layers.

I started with a 6 inch square of Always Artichoke and layered a 5-1/4 inch square of Basic Black. The card portion is 5 inches square so I cut a 5 x 10 inch piece of tan textured cs (American Crafts) and folded it in half. I layered the front with a piece of Manchester DSP and another of Graphic 45-Hip to the Jive designer paper. Aren't those clocks just perfect? The black and ivory print piece is the reverse side of the Graphic 45 paper layered in the opposite direction for a little interest. To cover the seam where the first two pieces meet I wrapped a length of grosgrain ribbon around the card and threaded the ends through a small buckle from the Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware kit. I also used a square frame to hold the clock face (Papa's Pocket) which I stamped with Mellow Moss and Basic Gray (Amazing to Zany) The pocket watch needed a classy sort of frame too so I pulled out my new Labels 2 Nestabilities set and punched three graduated layers from Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke and Basic Black. The Artichoke layer is also embossed so it isn't so flat. I stamped the watch on the vanilla piece with Basic Gray and used my water pen to color it in a bit with Mellow Moss and Creamy Caramel. Finally, I coated the entire watch with crystal effects to give it some dimension. Once it was dry, I popped it up with a few dimensionals and ta da! done! You can see the detail here. Double click on the image to get a closer look.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a new Sunday Stash Challenge, so I hope you'll come back and see that too.

Stamps: Papa's Pocket, Congrats, Amazing to Zany Paper: Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Tan Textured (American Crafts), Manchester DSP, Hip to the Jive DP (Graphic 45) Ink: Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel, Mellow Moss, Acessories: Crystal Effects, Labels 2-Nestabilities, ribbon, water pen, pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, dimensionals

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