Not every man likes fishing, cars, football and gardening. I’d be offended if women’s cards only ever showcased saucepans, sewing needles and lipstick, so let’s branch out!
There’s nothing wrong with a hobby card as long as the man you’re giving the card to actually enjoys that hobby. But I’m trying to think more about masculine colour schemes and layouts rather than embellishments.
First, the background: I used masking tape around the card to keep it in place and get that nice clean white edge. Then I started to blend Tim Holtz Distress Ink in ‘Peacock Feathers’ all over, keeping the darker parts at the top and the bottom.
The great thing with Distress Inks is how they react with water. I used a paintbrush to flick some water over the ink and dabbed at it with tissue to leave this blotchy effect behind. Then I hurried the drying process along with my heat tool and peeled off the masking tape.
The embellishment in the middle is the fiddly bit. It takes a lot of die-cutting and at one point my Big Shot handle flew all the way across the room!
I ran the Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card through my Big Shot a grand total of 4 times – once with patterned paper and thrice with white card. I cut two of these in half – the patterned one and one plain one.
The two plain ones left intact are backing sheets to keep the embellishment secure. I took 1 patterned half and 1 plain and stuck it over one of the backing sheets. I then put that to one side and got out my alphabet dies.
I lined the remaining halves up and stuck them to my final intact card. Then I taped down my die and ran it all through my machine. Then I stamped just the “wishes” from a “Birthday Wishes” clear stamp.
Using foam pads for dimension, I adhered this to my other half-and-half card. Then I took some white cotton, wrapped it around until I was happy with the look and glued on a button to top it all off.
Before sticking everything down, I took some ribbon that I’ve been dying to use. It has this Oscar Wilde quote:
“I can resist anything, except temptation”. A card for the cultured man in your life!
Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Peacock Feathers” –https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/220595700/tim-holtz-mini-distress-ink-pad-peacock?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted_en_gb&utm_campaign=supplies-everything_else&gclid=Cj0KEQiAr9ymBRDdqYrH6Mj5170BEiQAcRUsiwIjtYNshhI1Cyp8pnWXEa3bx3PmiY8XKQcnHMxzqg8aAl_z8P8HAQ
Blending tool –
“Let’s Polka” paper pad –
Stitched journalling card die –
Cole’s ABCs –
Curiosity Corner button –
Double Sayings stamps –