Hi all I hope that you are all doing well.
My crafting time is a bit up in the air at the moment – one of those times where there never seems to be enough time in the day, yet I cannot remember what filled the time of the day just gone!! I know I was busy, but what did I achieve lol!!
Any way , here is the latest project that I did. I noticed that I was running low on Cards for the fellas, masculine makes so to speak, so off I went to mass produce some male themed, generic cards.
Here is the first step of my project – a quick sketch in my crafting journal:
I knew the basics that I wanted to achieve: I wanted the wooden elements to be included and I also wanted to use my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set from Stampin’ up!. Lets see if what I sketched is anything like what I ended up with lol!!
The first thing I did, was to pick ou the items and crafting products that I wanted to use. I picked my stamp sets, elements plus the basic tools that I would need:
I decided upon a neutral, earthy colour scheme as I did not want to just use Blues or Blacks.
Once I got everything ready I got to it. I cut and scored all the card bases; I then used my big shot to die cut the cream panels for both the card front and the inside. Then I got to the messy and fun part of stamping. I had my stamp-scrub to hand, ready sprayed with stamp cleaner, as I knew that each stamp would be used with multiple inks.
I then went to work creating the card base using a large wood-grain effect stamp – mine was from Stampin’ up!- I used a green ink that went with the green base to achieve tone on tone effect. I did this on both front of the card and also the inside. I wanted it to show around the panel edges.
I then stamped the front left of the card panel with an array of splatter effects with both first generation and second generation stamping. – A good way to make the inks you have go further! I then added stamp details in the darker green ink and highlighted this with an infill of the deep yellow.
As you can see, I added a wooden element to the card for dimension. These I have collected over the years from canvasses that I have bought ,and they have come with them to ‘tighten’ the canvas if needed. I inked them with the same stamp and inks that I had to hand. As I added the cream panels to the base with glue, I wanted a small amount of dimension without it making postage costs go through the roof 🙂 I love wooden elements – especially on ‘male’ cards. You could also achieve this effect by gluing several layers of Kraft card or cardboard together and then stamping 🙂
The next step was the inside:
I like to decorate the inside of the card too!! I think it’s a nice surprise to open the card and see that they match and extra time has been taken:)
I also love decorating the envelopes to have a matching set!:
I hope that you have enjoyed this post and may be even feel inspiration from it. as always feel free to ask any questions and I welcome any feedback – +ve or -ve 🙂
Here is the final effect of this project:
What do you think – did I manage to stick to my original idea lol?
Take care and happy crafting 🙂