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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Treeline Men's card (easy)

Another card on the theme of Men's easy cards. This one could equally be another type of card, just by changing up the colours,  even a sympathy card, as it is quite a tranquil and peaceful card.

I have a Christmas stamp set called Vintage Christmas, which has a stamp in it that is a line of trees, and I thought it would make a great masculine card.

A very easy card to put together, I used some paper from a Lemoncraft paper pack that was woodgrain, and stuck it onto my card base.  I stamped the treeline stamp from the Christmas stamp set, onto Strathmore Bristol smooth watercolor paper with black versafine onyx black in and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then coloured it very lightly with tumbled glass distress ink, just to give a hint of colour.  I made a bunting with a piece of hessian fabric and cut a fish tale into it, stuck it onto the woodgrain paper.  Next i backed it with some left over grey card that I had when I cut our my card base, leaving a little bit top and bottom. 

Next I made a sentiment in the same bristol watercolor paper, made it into a banner and tied a bit of hemp string around one end. 

Stuck that down with foam tape and that is literally the card done and dusted.  
A very simple card for me, but the men in my life don't like fussy cards, so it will be great for them.  

Here is a video on how I made the card. If you want to watch it in full HD then check out my youtube channel at

The materials I used to make the card were:
Vintage Christmas stamp
Lemoncraft Heart painted 6 x 6 paper pack 
Grey card for card base
post-it notes
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Tumbled glass Distress ink
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Craft mat
Craft knife
metal ruler
Altenew birthday greetings stamp
Natural thread
Hessian fabric ribbon
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
double sided tape
Scotch foam tape

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you will look at your Christmas stamps and see if there are any you could use for other occasion cards.   

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

2 mens cards from 1 die cut

These card are really easy basic cards. I seem to have lost my mojo with card making at the moment! I think I have too much other stuff on, so don't have time to dream up ideas for cards to do videos. I had to make a couple of cards for my Nephew's birthdays coming up, so I thought this would be suitable as they are adults, and not really card guys, so I didn't want to put too much work into them.  

These cards, I was able to do one set of die cutting with an alphabet die and make two cards from them, using the negative and positive parts.

So I start off with two A6 size card bases and two card panels the same size.  I cut the bottom off one card panel and a narrow section just slightly narrower than the height of my letters out of the other one. 

I then stuck on the word happy with the letters from the alphabet die set onto the card panel I cut the bottom off, and spaced out the letters, I substituted the second 'P' with an 'R' seen it was the same size, just to get the spacing right, took the 'R' off and die cut the other letters, then put the 'P' back in the gap and cut that out too.  I now have 'HAPPY' cut out of my card panel, and I have saved all the other pieces, including the centre of the 'P's' and the 'A' to use. 

Next I did two narrow panels of distress ink blending using blues to black, which will go behind the negative die cut letters and behind the letters on the second card. 

I stamped the work 'birthday' underneath the negative die cut word, and also a second one onto a scrap of blue card, and then started putting the first card together.  I used a stamped piece of paper that I had stamped a diagonal stripe in black with a MFT background stamp, so I stuck that down on the bottom of my card, put some foam tape around the letters and the back of my card panel, stuck down the blended strip on the card base, where my letters will be, to be behind them, and then stuck down my negative card panel on top of that.  Lastly I put in the centres of the 'a' and 'P's' and that is the first card finished.

The second one is even more simple.  I worked out where the cut out piece is going to be on the card base, stuck the second distressed ink strip down, then mounted the two pieces of the front panel onto craft foam, and then onto my card front.  The next thing to do is put a tiny bit of glue at the top and bottom of each letter, and starting with the middle 'P' I worked either side of it, spacing each letter out glueing the letters onto the top and bottom panel pieces, but leaving the middle of the letters 'floating' over the inked strip.  Lastly I cut the second stamped sentiment on the blue card scrap out to be a banner, and that was stuck on the bottom piece of the panel, under the 'HAPPY'. and that is the second card finished.

If these instructions are a bit confusing, here is a video showing you how I did it.

The supplies I used are:
Alphabet die set
Card base and panels 6 1/4" by 4 5/8"
Scrap of blue card
Altenew birthday greetings sentiment stamp set
Versamark ink
Versafine onyx black ink
Clear embossing powder
White embossing powder
Distress inks: Blueprint sketch, Faded jeans, chipped sapphire, Black soot
Strathmore Bristol smooth watercolour paper
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
MFT diagonal stripe background stamp
EK success tweezes
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Scotch foam tape
Craft tape
double sided tape

I hope this card has inspired you to use alphabet dies that you might have differently. These cards could be used for any occasion, by changing what the letters say, such as 'MERRY' for a Christmas card or a child's name, and maybe changing the colours you have behind the letters.  The options are endless!