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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cards for men

I am told quite often how hard it is to make cards for men and as this is a theme I really enjoy I thought I would share with you my last endeavors.

When I go to make cards I use scraps, that's just a me thing, I have a pizza box full of scraps of cardstock and another one full of patterned paper, so to make cards I just pull them out. These four cards, mini in size but larger in stature. I used a sheet of black cardstock and then scraps of cardstock. And lots of stamps.

The size of the cards are 3 inches wide by 5 inches high. Then the matting and main cardstock are each a half an inch smaller to give that great matting effect. Two have white matting, two have red - because they were the colours in the scrap box :)

I randomly sprayed the main cardstock with Glimmer Mist (on special at the moment) and then stamped the cogs from this fantastic Darkroom Door set, Steampunk, that you can find here.
I love the images in this set, and the detail of the balloon blew me away. Now while I would not say this is designed for male cards ( I can think of heaps of other uses) it is certainly a set that lends itself beautifully to the purpose of male projects.

Once I had finished stamping the background, I inked it up with a mix of Tim Holtz Distress inks and finished off with the Wild Honey distress stain, I think this is my new favourite colour (well this week anyway).
Then again on scraps I stamped the hot air balloon form the steampunk set, Heidi Swapp heart (also on sale!) and also these wings (not sure of who, have had them for evah).

Ink them up with the distress ink and then use the Magic Mount to give them dimension.
To finish them off I adhered a few bits of old watch parts.
I keep looking at them and think that I will add a few words to the heart and to the balloon, probably love to the heart and happy to the balloon, or not, I will see what happens.
There you go quick and easy cards for men, the balloon cards will fit in a normal small envelope the hearts won't due to the wings so these need to be given in person!

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