I don't know about you, but I do find male cards a bit of a challenge, especially if the recipient doesn't have any particular hobbies. For this card, I wanted to make it grown up and have included a favourite stamp of mine from Paperartsy - Clocks Plate 5. You can create this card for any occasion and the faux 'rusty' texture makes it very tactile.
To Create the Card:
- Stamp and emboss the gears on the left hand side of the cardbase as described above. Ensure that some of the stamp hangs off the page.
- Stamp and emboss more gears across the base in a loose diagonal. Be sure to turn the stamp to avoid repetition.
- Using some sequin waste as a mask, apply Broken China Distress Ink in a circular motion using cut and dry foam. Tip: use a light touch to avoid lines and streaks.
- Mask around the stamping leaving plenty of space.
- Using cut and dry foam, apply more Distress Inks to fill in the gaps created above. Tip: start on a craft mat and move sponge in a light circular motion. Practise on scrap paper first.
- Apply 2-3 colours in this manner until you get the blend you're looking for. I used Faded Jeans, Marmalade and Shabby Shutters.
- Using a collage stamp, stamp a square panel of card (2 1/2" square). Colour with inks as before.
- Mount collage square onto card stock mat and adhere to card base as shown.
- Stamp script text lightly onto small shipping tag. Colour with Distress Inks.
- Crumple tag and colour again to highlight creases.
- Emboss chipboard gear (Maya Road) using faux-rust technique above.
- Attach gear to tag using twine.
- Emboss message using a Dymo (you can use cardstock with a white core. Cut 9mm strip and sand after embossing).
- Assemble as shown.
I hope that I've inspired you to create a card for the man in your life!
For a change of style, I couldn't resist this Tilda card I made for my friend Nicki. She loves everything pirate - it's so easy to see why.
Tilda is perching on a treasure map (distressed with inks). This is laid over an old map page. I added some tiny shells, beads to the corner before adding copious amounts of glitter. A tiny string of pearls finishes off my treasure.
Tilda is coloured with Copic Markers.
Hat & Boots: C-3, C-5, C-7
Skin: R00, R11, R20
Top: R81, R83, R84, YG11, YG03, YG67
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97
My last card accompanies a project that is is this month's Craft Stamper Magazine. I created a travel wallet to store all those lovely tickets and ephemera as well as a notepad for those reminders or your journey.
I love old books and maps and they look wonderful on vintage cards. This card features stamps from 7 Gypsies (travel), Tim Holtz (Car, tickets and Message).
Thanks for popping in.