Manly Card Monday #9

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

I went on a shopping stampede recently and treated myself to a few sets I’ve been wanting from Lawn Fawn for a while. This was one of them – probably their most reasonably priced, considering how many stamps you get and their versatility.

My card today is more boyish than manly, though the design is quite gender-neutral.

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First, I die-cut two polaroids out of white card, put them against a blank piece of card and drew inside the lines, so that I had a frame ready for my stamping. Then I went a bit stamp-mad, happily combining my monsters with a birthday stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The monsters set comes with a little party hat which fits perfectly on pretty much all the monsters and makes for a great birthday scene.

I coloured some and paper-pieced others. Once finished, I stamped my sentiments and started working on my background.

This is a great technique if you’re lazy, like me! (Or if your paper trimmer is going blunt, like mine!) I just ripped the patterned paper rather than cutting and laid them on top of each other until I got the effect I wanted.

Lastly, I coloured over the balloon with some clear Wink of Stella for a sparkly party effect.

The googly eye was a must as well!

Products Used:

Lawn Fawn “Monster Mash” stamp set, & Lil’ Inker Designs “Instant Camera Die” – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/

Birthday sentiments, balloon and present stamps – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/

Googly eyes and patterned papers – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

Wink of Stella brush – http://www.thehandcraftedcardcompany.co.uk/

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Manly Card Monday #8

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday, Masculine Cards

Almost forgot about Manly Card Monday today! I’ve tried a chalkboard effect this weekend, and gone for a hobby card because the gingham background stamp kind of made me think of golf clothes once it was all down on paper.

This is a really easy card to make, and you could make a ton all in one go.

Showcasing Lawn Fawn's gingham backdrops stamp

Showcasing Lawn Fawn’s gingham backdrops stamp

I trimmed the black card to how I wanted it and started stamping my pattern. This stamp is long and thin, so I found the best way to cover the card was to overlap, alternating my stamping horizontally and vertically.

The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow bright white powder. I added stitches around the black part with white gel pen and coloured the golf-bag stamp with Spectrum Noir markers, leaving a white border when I cut it out.

I have had a host of new products arrive today so I’m sure I’ll have a few posts up this week!

Products Used:

Gingham backdrops stamp – lawnfawn.com

White ink pad – http://www.needlecraftandbeads.co.uk

White gel pen – http://www.paperchase.co.uk/

Golf stamp & black card – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Birthday sentiment – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/collections/stamps

A is for… Art Impressions

Alphabet Series, Birthday Cards

I’ve had an exciting idea for a new card series! To me, it’s important to keep making even during a creative block, and the Manly Card Monday challenge I set myself has really helped me to do that. I’ve now come up with something a bit different – an alphabet series!

I’ll be posting something each week that relates to a letter of the alphabet, whether that is a new card, a brand I like, a review of a new product and so on.

This week A is for… Art Impressions! 

http://www.artimpressions.com/

Art Impressions is a US brand with a range of stamp styles, but my favourites are the human images. They have some hilarious grannies and granddads (the “Golden Oldies” range) and also the “Girlfriends” set, on whom the Sex and the City girls are not a patch! 😉

They also have more elegant styles, great sentiments and cute animals, both realistic and cartoony. They’re probably known best for their ‘front-and-back’ images, though. These make for such memorable cards – you can have someone peeking through a window then when opened it reveals the back of the image, which can make for a funny card in a lot of cases. You can also make spinner cards really easily with these kinds of stamps.

I’m not sure if people living in America would consider them expensive, but like with most overseas brands, it can add up a lot if you’re buying them in the UK. So far, I’ve found the best website for them to be Amazon, as you don’t generally get all the extra charges for buying from abroad with them. The UK websites I’ve found that sell them are still a bit out of my budget.

I’ll definitely look into building up my collection of AI stamps, but so far I only own one – a fun, sassy, borderline alcoholic (she’s called Celeste). I’ve made a card to showcase her:

Celeste Art Impressions card Celeste inside of card

My Art Impressions Wishlist:

“Fire Out” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4371

“Little Monster” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4320

“Bull Terrier” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=F977&ProductName=Bull+Terrier

“Bummer” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4241&ProductName=Bummer+Set

“Birthday Whoot Set” – http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4125&ProductName=Birthday+Whoot+Set

Products Used on the Card:

Let’s Polka paper, An Otterly Great Birthday & Milo’s ABCs stamps – makethedayspecial.co.uk

Copic markers & Art Impressions “Celeste” stamp set – amazon.co.uk

Sequins & Spectrum Noir markers – hobbycraft.co.uk

Manly Card Monday #7

Manly Card Monday, Masculine Cards

I like the almost sporty look this card has without actually being about sports! I think the banner and stripes give a celebratory effect.

First I die-cut 2 circles, one in white and one larger one in patterned paper. Then I took the same patterned paper and die-cut ‘BEST’ using alphabet dies.

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I trimmed off the top of the larger circle and put the two circles together so the white one stands higher. Before adhering, I stamped ‘wishes’ under ‘BEST’, and ‘birthday boy’ at the bottom, as well as sticking a strip of ribbon across the larger circle and creating fake stitched lines with white gel pen.

Lastly, I trimmed down some black paper so that it made a strip down the middle of my blank card, and cut it into a banner. Then I drew some more stitch lines and stuck everything down.

Products Used:

Cole’s Alphabet dies & Let’s Polka paper – lawnfawn.com

X Cut circle dies – https://www.theglitterpot.co.uk/products/X_Cut_Nesting_Dies_Circle/24630/1395

Paula Pascal double sayings stamps – http://www.natalieandamy.co.uk/ourshop/prod_2320038-Clear-Stamps-Paula-Pascual-Double-Sayings-Personal-Impressions.html

“A Little Note of Thanks” distress ink card

Thank You Cards

Some partial die-cutting for you today, to which I have already admitted my lack of expertise! It took a few goes but I like the finished product.

First I blended Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers over white card, leaving a lighter space where I  planned to stamp my sentiment.

A little note of thanks

Once my background was ready, I trimmed the sides of the card down so that it would be slightly less than my blank. Then, I drew a straight line across the top in pencil, and stuck my ‘thanks’ die down with post-it tape, keeping the bottom edge just below my pencilled line.

I fixed my plates so that it wouldn’t cut the whole thing, and (after a few goes!) I cut the remaining parts with a craft knife so the word sticks up from the edge of the card.

I stuck the swirly borders on the card to get a faux-embossed effect. Then I stuck the ‘thanks’ card down with foam tape.

The borders were in my scrap pile from when I die-cut a load of them a while ago, and I used removable adhesive to stick them. If I were doing this card again, I would die-cut from scratch and used adhesive backing paper for a smoother finish.

Products Used:

Scripty Thanks die & “A little note of thanks” sentiment – http://www.lawnfawn.com

Swirly dies – http://www.craftsuperstore.co.uk/Papercrafting/Die_Cutting_and_Embossing/Xcut_Dies/Xcut-XCU503188.html?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_campaign=Xcut+Large+Dies+(7pcs)+-+Floral+Flourishes&gclid=CjwKEAjw25SoBRCMn7Gc97Knj0ISJAC7vaMrGqbDNcZf-hcR0I5X3ZwxTT9mw6-2VkPjX1VcnsP_FxoCcDLw_wcB

Distress ink – http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/search/tim-holtz#c328

Free Haul! – Clearly Besotted Stamps

Mother's Day and Father's Day

Recently, I subscribed to Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine and my free gift has now come through! I don’t really have any flowers stamps so was excited to get to work on more elegant cards than I usually make.

Clearly Besotted1 Clearly Besotted2 Clearly Besotted3

Colouring isn’t really my forte, so I decided on a simple design so I could concentrate on my watercolour technique. After heat-embossing the flowers in white powder on white card, I started painting with a cheap paint set from my local stationery shop. Embossing in white like this creates a really nice effect with the watercolours.

Mother's Day card Clearly Besotte

Again, I wanted to keep it simple, so I used very few colours, bringing in darker shades here and there for dimension. (Didn’t work very well though!)

Then I cut apart this patterned paper which I chose because it would pick up the purple and green colours of the flowers, and stuck it down on two blank cards so that it left a strip of white at the top.

Follow your dreams Clearly Besotted

I stamped and embossed the greetings and having fussy-cut the flowers, stuck those down too. (On the Mother’s Day card, I stuck one flower down with double-sided foam so that it is a bit higher than the one underneath.)

Simple and quite quick, apart from the fussy-cutting. Flowers always add a pretty touch!

Products Used:

6×6 patterned paper pad – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/361178234641?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

Clearly Besotted assorted stamps – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com

Watercolours & blank cards – http://www.theworks.co.uk/

White embossing powder – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/321265206419?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

Heat tool – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/191241171346?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

Versamark ink, clear – http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/craft-essentials-c2144/inks-and-inkpads-c2145/tsukineko-versamark-watermark-ink-pad-small-p25158/s25258?gclid=Cj0KEQjwuI-oBRCEi87g0K3O8OoBEiQAb25WAe2O3DxsEUICIuYHQ1EmSKvklvDRpCloKkJWmu_RhlUaAtA-8P8HAQ

Manly Card Monday #6

Masculine Cards

Credit where credit’s due – I was inspired by this post from The Lovely Pear: http://thelovelypear.com/2015/03/04/bee-happy/

All this doodling made for a lovely trip down memory lane – I’d forgotten all the stuff I used to draw at school. The only thing I doodle now is boxes (which have made an appearance here), but as I kept going I suddenly remembered that I used to do a lot of cross-hatching and just general scribbles and wavy lines in the margins of my exercise books. I also used to draw fire a lot! I had completely forgotten that.

Manly Card Mon 6

I decided I wanted this to look like something a kid would doodle at school. I vaguely remember doodling guitars and I quite like how my (admittedly rubbish) guitar is a focal point of the design without it looking like a hobby card.

(You’ll notice the image just under the ‘R’, as well. 😉 I drew a bird to make it child-friendly, but the shape of the body is a nod to probably the most-doodled image in teenage-boy history!)

Once I had filled the page (daunting at first but so much fun by the end of it) I peeled off my masking tape, a feeling akin to peeling off your nail varnish – so satisfying! The background reminded me of comics, and I felt this bright red went well with that. I die-cut the letters and stuck down with double-sided clear squares.

I don’t have any teenage boys to give this to, but it might work well for some of the superhero-loving men in my life. I’m so glad I threw off my restraints and doodled!

Products Used:

The 5 Evils of Crafting

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A bit of a different post today – I’ve decided to list the things that really frustrate me about card-making!

I’ve left out things like not having a lot of space and the clear-up afterwards as they’re kind of obvious. Let me know if you can think of any crafting evils that wind YOU up!

1. Replacing die-cutting plates

Die-cutting machines are a great investment but the plates can be such a pain. After a while they will get all scratched up and start marking your projects, so you have to spend around £10 every few months replacing them. OK, it’s not that expensive, but it’s a tenner you could spend on something fun.

2. Darn you, acetate!

Shaker cards are insanely fun, but in making them we must overcome a necessary evil: acetate. Lord knows how people manage to make entire cards purely out of acetate. No matter how careful I am, I always get a bit of glue on it that ruins the whole look. Or if it isn’t glue, it’s smudges that appear from nowhere and won’t clean off. Or dust sticks to it. GRR.

3. You always forget something

When card-making, I try to arrange everything around me so that I don’t have to get up again until I’ve finished. But this never works because there is always one thing I forgot and I have to get up again. Then I realise I need that fun new stamp as well…

4. Enormous wooden stamps

This can be a problem with large clear stamps too, but since you can’t see through wooden stamps, bigger images can be a nightmare. I have a stamp in my collection that, no matter how careful I am, the middle part never stamps properly. I have to either resort to a ‘meant-to-do-that’ distressed look or stamp a ridiculous amount of times before I get the image how I want it.

5. Lastly…

My cards never look as good as everyone else’s!!!

Mother’s Day Tag: “I Look Up to You”

Gift tags, Mother's Day and Father's Day

I got the Mama Elephant ‘Bear Hug’ stamps recently and knew I wanted to use them for Mother’s Day. I already have a card ready that I made ages ago, so I decided I would use the bears on a gift tag.

Mothers day

First I die-cut the base shape twice, with pearly blue card and then with plain white. Then I put those aside and stamped the bear and cub on separate card.

I used Copics in E43N and E44 to colour the bears, and Spectrum Noir marker in FS3 for the ears. Then I embossed the sentiment (cutest sentiment ever!) with Wow bright white powder.

The green paper is Lawn Fawn and is die-cut with an Elizabeth Crafts Design border die. I stuck everything  down and started on the back.

The “from” comes from a very old set of Christmas stamps which has probably been the best card-making investment I’ve ever made. They cost around £5 but they have about 20 different stamps and a few can be used all year round.

Mother's day tag2

I took a flower stamp (I think it’s meant to be holly or mistletoe or something but it looks more flowery to me) from the same set and stamped in blue ink, then took a similar smaller stamp that came free with a Lawn Fawn purchase and stamped that in coral. There was no rhyme or reason to anything on the back of the tag!

Finally I wrote my message, hole-punched the tag and threaded yellow baker’s twine through.

Products Used:

Manly Card Monday #5 – Lager Top Card

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I felt like making a fun, punny card for today, so I dug out this beer stamp and got to thinking what sentiment I could make out of it.

The obvious was ‘Happy Beer-thday’, which I knew would go in the middle of the card. While thinking up puns, I started to stamp and colour my beer-jug image.

Lager Top card

Using Tombow and Whispers Strokes markers, I did a tiny bit of shading with grey on the foam and coloured in the jug with a sort of ochre colour that I think works quite well for this stamp. I also brought in orange for some dimension, but in the end I mostly used the yellow and kept layering it on to make it darker in the shaded areas.

Just using scissors, I cut around my images, leaving a white border so it looks as if they’ve been die-cut. (I didn’t feel up to messing about with that space between the jug and the handle, so that’s why I decided to leave a border.)

My sentiment had come to me at this point. Using Milo’s  ABCs from Lawn Fawn, I assembled ‘Lager Top of the Morning to Ya’, and stamped this not once, but twice, in the same place so that I got a slightly messier, almost distressed look.

After adhering the beer jugs, I took a ruler and a normal ballpoint pen and drew a simple border around my card. As it’s just a regular writing pen, the lines didn’t go down perfectly, but I felt this added to the less-than-perfect look I was going for so I was pleased with that.

Lager Top inside

Using the same alphabet stamps, I stamped “Happy Beerthday” inside the card and drew a second border around that too. (I’m sad that there’s no hyphen in this stamp set – I’m a grammar Nazi so it was hard accepting that I had to spell it that way!)

Products Used:

Beer jug clear stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/papercraft/stamping-and-embossing/clear-stamps

Whispers Strokes brush markers – http://www.littlecraftybugs.co.uk/craft-supplies/stationery/pens-for-adults/whispers-strokes-dual-tip-brush-marker-rich-pink.html

Tombow markers – http://www.tomboweurope.com/abt-dual-brush-pen-en.html?category=painting-and-drawing

Milo’s ABCs – http://www.craftie-charlie.co.uk/lawn-fawn-clear-alphabet-letter-stamps-milo-s-abc-lf559.html