I have trouble making mens cards. I think it’s because with female cards, flowers, butterflies, and birds are universal, whereas with men there isn’t a universal fit. Not all men like football, or fishing etc, so when I saw these tool dies from kaisercraft I thought I could make a few mens cards with them. These cards were actually in a class I taught. We did some embossing with kaisercraft embossing folders to add a little texture, and I also used a cogs die on the lower card. I designed the card on the top left to look like a tool box. It is just a basic stepper card, with strips of cardstock to represent the drawers. I got back from my cruise on Thursday, and yesterday was spent grocery shopping and washing clothes. After beautiful weather on the cruise and calm seas I have come back to the middle of an extreme heatwave and it is a shock to the system! My classes on board the ship were well attended and I met many lovely ladies, and gentlemen! I havent yet ventured into the craft room, but by tomorrow I will be creating again – I have itchy fingers! Til tomorrow….
I haven’t done many mens cards this year, because there has been a lack of mens card related products, but I did teach a class with the Couture Creations Go Press and Foil machine and some new hot press stamps which actually foil, emboss and die cut all in one step. The background paper is by Stamperia,and the Birthday sentiment is a Uniquely Creative stamp. You can see how the special hot press stamps emboss , foil and die cut perfectly in these cards, the top card I used the “waste” foil as another element on the card and for the bottom card I left the “waste ” foil still on the car as it added a different shade of chocolate foil to the car. I hope all my American followers down south are keeping safe, Til tomorrow…..
The final male card in this group is a die cut one. I used Paper Rose Tool set die and Pegboard die and Kaisercraft Occasions die for the sentiment. The patterned paper is a scrap of woodgrain paper. I die cut the tools and sentiment from some silver cardstock, and distressed and inked the edges of the woodgrain paper. The next series will be Graphic 45 Portrait of a lady, because I know some of you are waiting to see what I have done with that collection!Til tomorrow….
Here are the other two cards I made with Kaisercraft Barber Shoppe 6″ paper pad. I used a kaisercraft die on the top card,with a couple of the pop outs from the back of the pad, and for the bottom card I used a sizzix hats and moustaches die with a couple of wobbly eyes. Today is the start of Christmas cards!! I have spent the morning going through my boxes finding all my dies,embossing folders, and stamps with a christmas theme, but i have been distracted because I can’t find two new kaisercraft dies..I had them recently because I used them on the next group of cards I am showing you, but they have disappeared! I have decided to stop looking and they will show up when I least expect it..That’s the theory anyway! Til tomorrow….
Kaisercraft Barber Shoppe today, I only bought the 6″ pad and one 12 x 12 sheet for fussy cutting and had intended these cards for Fathers day cards, but decided I had enough of those, so these ones turned into birthday cards! The top card is lots of fussy cutting and the addition of a Tim Holtz spinner. The bottom card has a strip of hessian and a really old brad from the bottom of my bits drawer. Otherwise everything on this one is from the 6″ pad. A day off today, shopping done and I am off to the craft room . Til tomorrow….
Fathers day is not too far away, so I have been making a few fathers day cards. These two are made with a Close to my Heart stamp set.. I haven’t tried this company before, and I am quite impressed with quality and price. The set includes quite a few stamps,including the bow tie and moustache on the bottom card, and the bottle of Pop on the top card.The papers I used are from Stampin Up, an older designer series called confetti celebration. Another new purchase I was trying out is the Enamel Accents on the top card. These are little bottles of liquid which drops out of the bottle beautifully and hardens like enamel. They take a while to dry, ideally left over night. I have a few colours, and very tempted to buy some more! I coloured the bottLe of Pop with copic markers,and didn’t need to colour the bottom card ..that’s how it stamped out. Til tomorrow…..
Here are the last two cards in my Safari Adventure ( graphic 45 ) series for now.For both cards i have used the 12 x 12 shet that has the card fronts printed on it, which makes for very quick and easy cards. I have added some kaisercraft chipboard pieces on both cards,and some fussy cut pieces and a punched border on the top card.Today is a lazy day in the craft room, after I have organised my teaching bag for my class on Thursday, which I am looking forward to very much! Til tomorrow….
Today we start a new series! Graphic 45 Safari Adventure. Graphic 45 have made it really easy to make cards with this collection.A lot of the images cover the whole card ( like this one) and I just added a flag pennant, hessian strip and button for some texture.I have a couple of tiger fanatics in the family so I will be putting some of the tiger cards I make aside for birthdays.After a marathon session I have made the prototypes for my cruise classes, I am all carded out, and I am looking forward to sitting down with a good book!Til tomorrow…
After all the lacy, frilly, flowery cards I have been sharing lately I thought it was time to show you some Mens cards which I have recently made. The papers I have used are from Kaisercraft called Hunt and gather and they were a release from a couple of years ago! I don’t have much left so thought I should just use it and finish with it On the top card I fussy cut the fish images from the paper, stuck them on some cardstock, and ran that through my big shot in an embossing folder ( stampin up). This is a technique called embedded embossing and I love the effect, you will notice it quite often on my cards. For the second card I stamped my fisherman onto a variety of patterned and coloured papers, then cut out bits and pieces of him, and stuck him all together again – I also like doing this technique because I can give him a patterned shirt etc doing it this way instead of colouring the image.Til tomorrow….
Some cards for males now, using Kaisercraft sail away. I have already made quite a few cards with this collection and I have a few more to show you all.The top card is made using a corner of one of the 12 x 12 papers,and adding a greeting from the back of the matching 6″ pad, and adding a charm . The bottom card has a piece of the 12 x 12 paper as the background,and a collectable from the collection as the focal point of the card. There is a strip of patterned paper across the bottom, and the chain above it is die cut using a kaisercraft die.I have cleared all my outstanding work ( finally) in the craft room and I will finally get some time to play with the new papers i have been collecting ! Great fun ahead! til tomorrow….