I hope you are all well. I don’t know about you, but I suspect you are like me and always struggle to make masculine cards. If you are a follower of my blog, you will see that I find them hard, I always end up adding something that sends them slightly over into girly territory!
But today, maybe I have done a little better. I have a couple of cards to show you.
Same card, just different colours. And I think they will work for any occasion, a birthday or Father’s Day, or just to say hello. And pretty simple to make too. I shall be making more.
I wanted to keep the design clean and simple, and I thought that heat embossing onto kraft card would be good for a masculine card. But I wanted to colour with Copics, and I have been warned about the potential of ruining the nibs on the embossed image as it is slightly rough and raised. So of course, there is a way around this!
I started by stamping the largest image in white pigment ink. The process is the same for both cards and I used the MISTI to speed it up. After stamping each of the larger images, I coloured them each with 3 complimentary Copics. As I hadn’t removed the stamp from the MISTI, I was then able to go back and restamp directly over my coloured image using Versamark ink. I then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I repeated the process for the smaller image, stamping first with pigment ink, colouring with Copics and then restamping using Versamark ink and heat embossing. Very simple, and the white embossing really lifts the colour and looks great against the neutral card. I also stamped the quote with Versamark and heat embossed that on both cards.
To finish off the card I wrapped some twine around the bottom of the panel, securing it with tape at the back. And it was then I discovered that I did not have ANY white enamel dots to finish the card, so I had to draw on some dots with a white pigment pen. Suffice to say I am going shopping after I finish this blog post! There was a temptation to add a few dull flat white sequins, but I proudly resisted 🙂
I adhered some craft foam behind each panel and popped it onto a side folding card base.
That finishes the cards for today. I think this may actually be the first time I really feel like I made a card that wasn’t too fussy for a man. I hope you agree!
Thank you for stopping by, as always I love to hear any feedback from you, so please feel free to leave me a comment. Enjoy the rest of your week and I will be back soon with another project.
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp One With Nature
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Cardstock: Neenah Desert Storm
Copics: YG03, YG06, YG09, Y15, Y17, YR15
Other: White Gelly Roll Pen, Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink, Versamark Ink, May Arts Twine, Double Sided Adhesive Tape, Craft Foam, MISTI Stamping Tool