Manly Card Monday #15

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

This is probably my favourite stamp for masculine birthday cards. I’m a writer and a book-lover so I’ll buy anything with a good quote. People always smile when they see this one.

Mark Twain plaid

To begin with, I cut my little rectangle of white and masked off the sides. Then I blended Antique Linen Distress Ink with my round blending tool, coming in from the edges so that it grew darker at the sides and corners and lightest where I wanted to stamp my sentiment.

I stamped the quote in the middle and put that to one side, next stamping ‘Happy Birthday’ at the top of the card. Then I tied dark twine around this plaid patterned paper and stuck everything down.

Products:

‘Happy Birthday’ stamp – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/

Mark Twain stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

Lawn Fawn twine – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php

Antique Linen Distress Ink – http://www.inkylicious.co.uk/distress-ink-pads/cat_43.html

Ranger blending tool – http://rangerink.com/

Patterned paper – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/111655164468?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&rlsatarget=&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108

Kurt Vonnegut Cards

Inspirational Cards

We all love a good quote. This is one that I heard years ago and loved, and I never realised it was from Slaughterhouse Five. I need to read that book one day.

The quote works nicely with both a feminine design and a masculine one, so I made 2 very different cards using the same sentiment.

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The pink card was made using a distress ink background in Victorian Velvet, mostly blending but then also using the ‘squashing’ technique with acetate for a bit of added interest. I created the strip on the more masculine card in the same way, with Antique Linen. I used masking tape on both for the white borders.

Kurt Vonnegut2

I stamped my sentiment and cut the words out into singles, then stuck them down on my pink background. Then I added a few sequins.

I stamped the quote a second time, this time on the Antique Linen background. Then I covered my blank card in this patterned paper from my stash and stuck the strip down.

Products:

Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk

Sequins & patterned paper – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Tim Holtz Distress Inks, ‘Antique Linen’ & ‘Victorian Velvet’ – http://www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk/tim-holtz-130-c.asp

D is for … Distress

Alphabet Series, Birthday Cards

Like most crafters, Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks have been on my radar for donkey’s years. It’s only recently that I’ve actually started using them, though.

You’ve seen me blending these inks on my blog before (and have probably noticed that I still have very few colours!) so today I tried something different – the ‘squashing’ or ‘smooshing’ technique. (Technical terms are rife in cardmaking.)

D is for Distress

This is quite a technique-happy card for me! Bit of die-cutting, bit of embossing, and a bit of distressing. Nothing too difficult but then I’m not so good at the difficult stuff!

Anyway, the way to do the squashy technique is to grab some acetate and stamp your distress ink pad on to it, then spray with some water. Then you can press that inky acetate directly over your card and it will transfer in this splotchy way. You can either press the whole thing down or just dab so that only certain spots will transfer.

I did this first with Antique Linen and then once that had partly dried, I did the same again with Peacock Feathers. Then I die-cut a heart out of the distressed card and laid it on my blank card to mark the inside of the heart out, so I would know where to stamp my sentiment.

Then I adhered the distressed card with foam adhesive so it would stick up and the heart would frame the sentiment. I could have left it as it was, but I wanted to use my new embossing folder! So I embossed a piece of white card and cut out the oval.Then I stamped ‘happy birthday’ and heat-embossed in silver. Finally I added a few sequins.

You can do so much with Distress Inks – not only can you create amazing backgrounds, but they also work for colouring stamps in, as they can be used like paints. They are definitely worth collecting!

Products:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks in ‘Peacock Feathers’ and ‘Antique Linen’ – http://rangerink.com/?product=tim-holtz%C2%AE-distress-ink-pads

Birthday sentiments stamps – clearlybesottedstamps.com

Sequins and X Cut hearts dies – www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Fancy Flourish embossing folder – free gift from http://www.papercraftmagazines.com/ (Issue 135 of Simply Cards & Papercraft – still available to buy!)

Manly Card Monday #10

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

Fun with a new stamp set! My boyfriend is a photographer so I thought this Avery Elle set was a great buy.

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I was also playing with some new Distress Inks, blending 3 together and masking around the side for a white border.

When stamping the camera, I masked out the heart so that it looked more masculine. I then coloured with Spectrum Noir markers and stuck down with double-sided foam for dimension. Finally, I took all of the greetings from the stamp set and stamped them all, stamping #happybirthday in a different colour to highlight it.

A really easy card which I’ll probably duplicate quite a few times!

Products:

Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge & Gathered Twigs – http://www.amazon.co.uk

Avery Elle #Smile stamp set – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/

Spectrum Noir pens – http://www.spectrumnoir.com/

Manly Card Monday #4 – Distressed Balloon

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My card is clean and simple today with a distressed vintage look courtesy of Tim Holtz and some old patterned paper I found in my collection.

I used masking tape around the edges and blended Distress Ink in “Antique Linen”, keeping it darkest at the top and bottom and leaving the middle space mostly free of colour so that I could stamp my sentiment there.

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This “happy birthday” is from a wooden stamp with a car image, so I just selectively stamped the sentiment. After peeling off the masking tape, I was left with this vintage background.

I grabbed the classic balloon shape from the dies showcased in my last post and die-cut from this stripy patterned paper that I thought worked really well against the parchment-like background.

To adhere the string, I first drew where I wanted it to fall in pencil and ran glue along it, carefully using tweezers to adhere the string down along the pencil line.

Before sticking the balloon down with double-sided foam, I also cut out some white card and stuck that behind the shine-mark for added effect.

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Antique Linen”
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/tim-holtz-distress-ink-antique-linen/573401-1000

X Cut balloons die –
https://www.docrafts.com/Products/xcut/large-dies-10pcs-balloons/92377

Lawn Fawn string –
http://www.lawnfawn.com/collections/lawn-trimmings/products/retro-triple-pack-cord