Manly Card Monday #14

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

Sometimes I think I might use puns a bit too much…

This little bear, just look at him. He’s such a cutie. That little sad face. I wanted him to look kind of tatty so I coloured him all in greys, keeping the texture a little less smooth than I would normally try to go for. Then I centred him on a piece of white card and stamped my sentiment around him in Jessie’s ABCs stamps from Lawn Fawn.

can't bear being away

Once I’d done this, I stuck the white card on some patterned paper and trimmed it down so that it left a border. Putting that aside, I ruled some lines in ballpoint pen across a blank card.

This is the first time I’ve used my own handwriting on a card! I don’t mind the effect but definitely need more practice.

Products Used:

Single teddy bear clear stamp & Spectrum Noir coloured pencils –

Jessie’s ABCs stamps –

Tiny Tatty Teddy patterned paper –


Punny Critter Cards

All Occasion Cards, CAS Cards, Critter Cards

I love puns and I love critters, so my favourite thing to do on a card is to put the two together!

I kept this french bulldog card really clean and simple, since I usually can’t stop layering on my cards. I trimmed two strips of green striped paper and stuck those along the top and bottom. Then I stamped the dog on my white background.

french kisses

Having used Spectrum Noir markers in warm greys to colour the dog and the heart in, I then used white gel pen to dot his cheeks. I stamped my sentiment with clear alphabet stamps and, as a finishing touch, added 3D glue (my cheap version of Glossy Accents!) to the heart and clear Wink of Stella pen to the dog.

The next card is one I’ve been wanting to  make for a while, ever since I bought the Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set.

i look up to you

I trimmed white card down to work on (I very rarely stamp directly on to my blank card in case I want to wrap ribbon around, or in case any ink bleeds through to the other side). Then I stamped the giraffe and the hippo.

They are both coloured in with Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, the ‘Essentials’ collection, and blended with the white pencil on top. I considered adding Wink of Stella to these two but kept it matte to keep it a bit more gender-neutral (though of course there’s no reason why men can’t have a little bit of sparkle!).

Then I stamped my sentiments between and below the critters. Finally, I took a ruler and a regular ballpoint pen and drew a quirky border around the card.


Lawn Fawn’s ‘Critters at the Dog Park’, ‘Love You Tons’, ‘Milo’s ABCs’ stamp sets –

Paper Smooches ‘Zoo Crew’ stamp set –

3D glue Versafine ink, Zig Wink of Stella in ‘clear’ –

Spectrum Noir markers and coloured pencils, and Tatty Teddy patterned paper –

Clean and Simple Lamb Card

Baby Cards

I bought this stamp in the sale months ago and have never used it because I couldn’t work out what sort of card it would work for, as I don’t make Easter cards. But he was just so cute, I had to buy him! So in the spirit of my No New Products challenge, I forced myself to just stamp him and see what happened.

I’m really pleased with how he came out. The colouring was done with Spectrum Noir pencils,  which I would usually blend with Gamsol but this time I decided to run my white pencil over it afterwards to blend instead.

lamb me to you

He looks gorgeous in that little lamb outfit, and I haven’t gone for a sentiment because I still wasn’t sure what occasion it would be for, but I suppose it could work well as a new baby card or announcement.


Spectrum Noir pencils –

Me to You wooden stamp –

‘Love’ ribbon is from my local craft shop but you can find similar on eBay and Amazon.

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 –

White ink pad –

White gel pen –

Golf stamp & black card –

Birthday sentiment –

New Buy Alert! – Spectrum Noir Coloured Pencils


Hobbycraft “Cheers” stamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol

I’m still finding my feet with colouring – I can’t grasp Copics and am an un-talented painter. I’m delving into the realm of coloured pencils to see if I can get more out of them than I did when I was a kid.

Why Spectrum Noir? I already use and like their pens, I haven’t heard any bad reviews about their products and they sell sets of pencils designed to blend together.

My 3 main concerns when using a new product:

  • Can I use it?
  • Can I use it for more than one technique/occasion etc?
  • Was it worth parting with my money?

Can I use Spectrum Noir Essentials coloured pencils?

Most people have played with colouring pencils at some point in their life and would agree that they are easy to use. The Spectrum Noir pencils go on the paper much more smoothly and thickly than your average stationery-shop pencils.

Can I use Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils for more than one occasion/technique etc?

Obviously, you can use any colouring products on more than one occasion, but what about techniques? The set comes with a guide on the different techniques, showing you how you can use a blending product such as Gamsol, or rub the blending pencil (or the white pencil that comes with the set) over your coloured image. You can also use the pencils on their own as they are made for blending, but I liked using the white pencil best as it smoothed everything out as well as highlighting areas.

Were Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils worth parting with my money?

The set was £15-20 in several shops and websites, and I wasn’t willing to pay that. I held out and eventually got the set for £13.50 from eBay – not a huge saving, but it makes all the difference. I am definitely pleased with the set for that price, but I think if I was more of an illustrator/artist I would probably want a better quality, more intense pencil.

Overall rating and why:


This helped build up my collection quickly and for a reasonable price. I was hoping for more intense colours but as I am only using them for card-making it isn’t a problem, and they are easy to blend together, especially with Gamsol. All in all, so far so good!

Get Well Card


The first thing I want to do with any new product is make a card, and not long after the pencils arrived I also got a free stamp set with a magazine so took advantage and made this Get Well card.

I embossed the jar image and coloured the whole thing with Spectrum Noir pencils, keeping the darker colours at the edges for a shading effect, then covered the orange part of the jar in 3D clear gloss.

The label stamp is from the set I featured on the Valentine’s Day card in my last post. I used masking tape to hide the “Hope, Love and Happiness” sentiment and I would just have the square border.

I drew a cross with the black pencil but there wasn’t a bright red in the collection so I used a red Spectrum Noir marker to colour the cross, then I adhered the label with foam tape (no, I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the clear gloss to dry – I hurried the process along with my heat tool) so it sticks up more. I then took this orange patterned paper from my collection and cut down a little bit smaller than my blank card. I stamped “Especially for You” in clear ink and embossed with bright white Wow embossing powder.

I stuck everything down with foam tape and stamped “Get Well Soon” on the inside of the card.

Products Used

Spectrum Noir Professional Coloured Pencils – Essentials –

“Cheers” wooden stamp –

Clearly Besotted Stamps set –

Crafty Impressions Double Sayings stamp set –

Gamsol –

The patterned paper is old so I’m afraid I can’t point you in its direction, I haven’t a clue where it came from.