Friday 15 June 2012

Men. . . . . . . . .

I'm not one for making male cards - sure I've said that before! - but the challenge at 'Artful Times' this week is 'Men' and I do like trying to enter something for each of their challenges.

The challenge at 'Make My Monday' is for a 'Father's Day/Masculine' theme so I'm going to show my work there too.

Having already made a Father's Day card, I decided to make a 'Dad' card which could be used for a variety of occasions.

I struggle with male images but I do like this little car stamp although I'm not sure such a car would be much fun to drive! I decided to choose an earthy colour scheme with browns, cream and a little gold. I love kraft card and have been wanting to use some that I had so made the card blank out of a sheet. The ridged card was of the same tone so I livened it up with some inking and embossing. I've had the faux screw brads for sometime but never found a use for them until now. . . . . .

I made a liner for the card and stamped the same image inside and added it to the envelope too just for good measure!

Here's the details of how I made my card:

The elements used to make the card. The spotty background was applied to the kraft card using a mask and Distress Ink. The car on the left is stamped onto the paper used to make the card liner.

The completed card.

The letters were cut from card covered with metal tape. They were coloured with alcohol inks and I tried to achieve a 'nicotine' tone. I like the way the metal tape crinkles when it is cut on small items. The letters were applied to scrap card which was coloured with Distress Inks and lots of flicking! The ridged card was inked on the edges and gold detail powder was randomly embossed to add a little glitz. 

The main image was stamped onto water colour paper to help give a textured, aged appearance. I tried it first with Distress Ink to achieve a water colour appearance but it didn't suit the image chosen so I used Archival Ink instead. The area around the image was lightly inked and water was used to help achieve an aged look. The edge of the paper was torn and inked. Faux metal fasteners hold the image in place and add to the masculine feel.

I enjoyed making this card and particularly liked working with this colour scheme and the kraft card - need to think of something else to make, using the same palette and materials. . . . . . .!


  1. Great card love the use of the corrugated card with the gold


  2. Well, for not being a masculine card maker at all, you certainly rocked this! I am in love with all the really transforms this into an even bigger wow!!!!

  3. Another absolutely gorgeous one! Those screw head brads are brilliant! M x

  4. Just love the details in this card, especially the letters and the car. The crinkly metal looks fantastic, and the watercolour paper works so well with the archival ink. Good luck with the challenges, hugs Buttons x

  5. a great male card for any occasion Julia :)
    Thank you for playing along with us at Artful Times
    Von x♥x

  6. it is a lovely colour choice, and it is so right for the image it is a great card. Cx

  7. WOW this is fabulous Julia. I love that piece of corrugated, really sets the mood.

    Thanks for playing along with us again this week over at Artful Times.

    Sam xxx

  8. Hi Julia, This is a great mens card. Love the aged and textured look of it.
    Avril xx

  9. A fabulous male card, great details.

  10. Fabulous card, love all the texture and the vintage style
    Thank you for joining us at MMM
    suzi b :)

  11. Lovely card for a Dad - thanks for joining in this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  12. Fabulous details and yes your as much a male card maker as anyone. Thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Caz

  13. I love your for your dad, as always your put so much details in your work.

  14. LOVE all the gorgeous gold details--and the texture is fabulous, too! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  15. I can remember as a child, my best friend's Dad had a ver old Model T Ford and it looked just like this, it was so much fun to ride in, but as you rightly say, not very comfortable. For someone who does not make male cards this is fabulous, love all the elements and the touches of gold. It is wonderful.

  16. That is a very nice card Julia, some great elements put together so well. I do like the idea of the gold on the corrugated card - must try that, it looks so good. Yes, you should try this palette again - works really well.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Artful Times, hope you are converted now to making male cards as this one is super - Hugs, Neet xx

  17. Really gorgeous card Julia. Love the embossing on the corrugated card and the sepia tones. I love those brads too and find them really useful for male cards.
    Thanks so much for entering our masculine card challenge at Make My Monday.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


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